Violence and Health Injustice Programming

Part 1 - Reframing the Dialogue: Racism and Police Violence

Rupa Marya, MDThe first event in a ​three-part series on Violence and Health Injustice featured guest speaker, Rupa Marya, MD​, University of California, San Francisco. In her talk titled “Reframing the Dialogue: Racism and Police Violence,” Rupa used statistics, personal experiences as a physician in the Bay Area, and theory to illustrate the associations between police brutality and racism, and to argue compellingly for why this issue, in San Francisco and nationally, needs to be addressed by healthcare professionals. The event took place on October 12, 2016 at Unity Church​-​Unitarian in St. Paul.

Part 2 - Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Communities

​The ​second event in a three-part series on Violence and Health Injustice ​took plac​e​ November 19 ​at the ​U of M and ​featured a keynote talk by activist Harsha Walia entitled "Global Crisis of Displacement and Undoing Border Imperialism."
The daylong seminar also ​focused on the political issues and health outcomes of refugees, asylum seekers, and undocumented communities in the United states and Canada.  ​Several pane​ls of human rights lawyers, health care professionals, activists and refugees ​shared ​violence and health issues encountered by these communities. The panelists also explored ​potential paths to better political, health and healthcare outcomes.