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Campaign Against Racism

SMC 2018 Campaign Against Racism

The biggest growing industry is the white savior complex, and it is seriously growing, and we are part of that movement. And now we are getting into a multi-ethnic privileged foreigner savior complex, so how do we not evolve into that?
— Focus group participant, 2017
 Image credit: Chip Thomas

Image credit: Chip Thomas

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In partnership with Dr. Camara Jones, the Social Medicine Consortium is launching the Global Matters component of the Campaign Against Racism, Dr. Jones' call to action as past President of the American Public Health Association.

Connect with the Campaign

The most up to date content can be found on the campaign hub here. 

 

 

 

 

Campaign Against Racism Grand Strategy

The goal of the Campaign Against Racism is to dismantle structural racism and its effects on health around the world – because racism kills – by supporting local actions, efforts, and networks which aim to improve the health and lives of those most affected by racism.
 


Campaign Against Racism Organizing Statement

We are organizing the Social Medicine Consortium to achieve racial justice across medical centers, universities, and organizations by educating health professional about the structural and social determinants of health and supporting local campaigns which seek to address racism and the legacy of colonialism in the health sector globally. We will do this by establishing chapters of the Social Medicine Consortium with community organizing capacity, creating a scorecard for structural racism, and activating networks by 2019.


Establish a Chapter

Deadline for registering  your chapter to be a part of the Campaign Against Racism was July 1, 2018. If you would like more information on a Chapter closest to you or how to establish one kindly contact any of the following  people;

  • Michelle Morse on mmorse@equalhealth.org

  • Tanvi Avasthi on tanvi.avasthi@gmail.com

  • Tinashe Goronga on tisaneg@gmail.com

 


Campaign Against Racism FAQ

What is the Campaign Against Racism?

The Campaign Against Racism, or CAR, is a movement to organize and strategize against racism.  We hope to raise awareness about how racism affects communities of color in healthcare settings.  It is also a call to action to begin to think critically about how racism may be operating in our communities and effecting the most vulnerable individuals around us.

The strategic goal of the CAR is:  

The goal of the Campaign Against Racism is to dismantle structural racism and its effects on health around the world – because racism kills – by supporting local actions, efforts, and networks which aim to improve the health and lives of those most affected by racism.

The organizing statement of the CAR is

We are organizing the Social Medicine Consortium to achieve racial justice across medical centers, universities, and organizations by educating health professional about the structural and social determinants of health and supporting local campaigns which seek to address racism and the legacy of colonialism in the health sector globally. We will do this by establishing chapters of the Social Medicine Consortium with community organizing capacity, creating a scorecard for structural racism, and activating networks by 2019.

How did CAR start?

CAR was originally conceptualized by the past president of the American Public Health Association Dr. Camara Jones. Dr. Jones was the keynote speaker at the Chicago-based 2nd annual Social Medicine Consortium Conference in April 2017.  During this time, Dr. Jones presented the idea to SMC leadership, and asked if the SMC could take on one facet of the campaign – a committee that would be dedicated to global issues of racism.  SMC agreed to this and the CAR was further conceptualized in November 2017 at the APHA Annual Conference in Atlanta. The SMC officially launched the campaign with over 350 members from around the world, in partnership with Dr. Jones, at our 3rd annual conference in April 2018 in Churchrock, New Mexico.

How does the CAR work?

The CAR is a network of chapters.  Chapters sign on and agree to be a part of the campaign by declaring their strategic goal for their direct community.  There will be a series of in-person and online meetings during the year during which chapters can share they success stories and challenges, participate in community organizing training, and build relationships with organizers from around the world ,.  The CAR leadership team will offer resources and support to each chapter to ensure that each chapter reaches their goals.

Where are there CAR chapters and how can I contact them?

There are over 20 chapters across the world composed of dedicated individuals with various backgrounds. You can reach out to the listed chapter representatives to learn more about their chapter's work.

  • Dominican Republic Chapter, Santiago de los caballeros, Dominican Republic | Midelin Toussaint tmidelin24@gmail.com

  • City University of New York (CUNY) CAR, New York, USA | Marlene Camacho-Rivera mcamacho-rivera@med.cuny.edu and Victoria Frye vfrye@med.cuny.edu

  • Navajo CAR, Gallup, New Mexico, USA I Tai Silva navajocar2018@gmail.com 

  • Cameroon (CHIMISSSIONS) CAR Chapter, Yaounde, Center Region, Cameroon | Messing Bernard Pierre & Kien Juliana Nyamngoh carcameroonchap@gmail.com

  • CAR Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

  • SMC Mexico, Jaltenago, Chiapas, Mexico | Hugo Flores hugo.flores.navarro@gmail.com

  • Uganda Social Medicine Consortium Chapter, Kampala, Uganda | Ainembabazi Provia aineprovia@gmail.com & Turigye Brian turigyebrian@gmail.com

  • Tulane University Residents and Community, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA | Virginia Byron & Jonah Kreniske socialmedicinenola@gmail.com

  • Nou Egal, Haiti | Youri Encelotti Louis youited13@gmail.com & Alence Therone theronealence@gmail.com

  • SOCOMED-Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda | Sadallah Bhizi bahizish@gmail.com & Richard Nduwayezu nradose@gmail.com

  • Center for Health Equity Zimbabwe (CHEZ), Zimbabwe | Kudzanayi Masenda kudziemasenda@gmail.com

  • AUBMCares, Beirut, Lebanon | Lama Assi lamahassi@gmail.com

  • Vanderbilt Campaign Against Racism, Nashville, Tennessee, USA | Sophia Kostelanetz sophia.kostelanetz@vumc.org & Joey Starnes joseph.r.starnes@vanderbilt.edu

  • Boston SMC Chapter, Boston, Massachusetts, USA | Stephanie Kang kang.syj@gmail.com

  • Baltimore Campaign Against Racism, Baltimore, Maryland, USA | Sophia Geffen sophia.geffen@gmail.com

  • StORM, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA | Catherine Raney catherine.raney@pennmedicine.upenn.edu & Juan Spinato juan.m.spinnato@gmail.com

  • UCSF, San Francisco, California, USA | Robin Goldman rsgoldman@gmail.com & Bassem Ghali bassem7@gmail.com

  • Palestine SMC Club, Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, Palestine | Shatha Alazzeh shatha.alazzeh@gmail.com, Bram Wispelwey bwispelw@gmail.com, Nashat Jawbreeh nashatjawbreh@yahoo.com, Amaya al-Orzza mishargi@gmail.com

  • Social Justice Coalition at the Lerner College of Medicine, Burlington, Vermont, USA | Raghav Goyal raghavkgoyal@gmail.com & Samuel Epstein samuel.b.epstein@gmail.com

  • Atlanta CAR, Atlanta, Georgia, USA | Suhaib Abaza suhaibabaza@gmail.com, Clare Idehen cidehen@msm.edu, & Jill Cartwright cartwright.jill2@gmail.com

  • GWU SMHS Students Concerned about Racism in Medicine, Washington DC, USA | Charlie Hartley cdhartley@gwu.edu, Kime McClintock kmcclintock@gwu.edu, Rose Milando rmilando@gwmail.gwu.edu, & Casey Regnier caseyregnier@gwu.edu

  • Burrell Chapter, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA I Renan Orellana renan.e.orellana@gmail.com & Aditi Singh aditisingh31@gmail.com

What is the difference between an SMC chapter and a CAR chapter?

We recognize that there are likely three categories of interest in the Campaign Against Racism:

1. Groups of people who have been involved in the Social Medicine Consortium long-term and who are already organizing SMC-related social medicine activities locally, who now want to sign onto the CAR;

2. Groups of people who are new to the SMC and who want to sign on to the CAR but are not sure they want to organize other SMC-related social medicine activities in the future;  

3. Groups of people who are new to the SMC and who want to sign on to the CAR and would like to organize other SMC-related social medicine activities in the future in addition to the CAR.

ALL THREE CATEGORIES ARE WELCOME TO SUBMIT to join the CAR!  Those that would like to continue to organize other SMC-related activities beyond the CAR will receive more information on the monthly SMC calls which occur the first Wednesday of the month at 10 am ET (join our listserve for more information)

Who is the CAR leadership team?

The founding CAR team is a group of more than 15 people from across the globe who are dedicated to fighting against the deadly impact of racism.  For more information click here for short biographies on the group.

How do I join a Chapter?

Contact a chapter representative listed above and learn more about when their chapter meets!

There is no CAR chapter in my area, but I want to start one.  How do I do that?

The deadline for accepting  CAR chapter applications was July 1 2018. However If you are interested in joining the campaign or establishing a chapter get in touch with the CAR leadership:

  • Michelle Morse on mmorse@equalhealth.org

  • Anne Marie Collins anne.marie.collins85.amc@gmail.com

  • Tanvi Avasthi on tanvi.avasthi@gmail.com

  • Tinashe Goronga on tisaneg@gmail.com

Chapters of the SMC participating in the Campaign Against Racism (CAR) are expected to have:

1. Name of your chapter and the members of the chapter (all chapter members must join the SMC listserv)

2. Your DRAFT strategic goal for your local Campaign Against Racism

3. Your designated chapter representative who will come to the fall 2018 campaign meeting (scholarships available)

4. Your proposed list of activities to achieve your strategic goal and your DRAFT timeline for the year-long campaign against racism (from now through April 2019)

How do I further support the CAR movement?

If you would like to make a monetary donation to the campaign you can do so by clicking this link.  If you are part of a larger organization and would like to support CAR in a different way, please contact us by emailing mmorse@equalhealth.org

How long will CAR last?

Formally, the SMC will be coordinating the Campaign Against Racism for one year, through April 2019 when all chapters convene for the 4th annual Social Medicine Consortium conference.  We expect to launch a new campaign in April 2019.  Informally, the SMC will be continuing the campaign until the impact of racism on health is eliminated.


Additional Resources

-National Campaign Against Racism website (Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health)