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Conference Planning Committee Meeting: Demanding Justice Now

Call for Conference Planning Committee -- The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy: Demanding Justice Now

Demanding Justice Now, part of Health & Medicine’s Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy series, will create space to discuss the current political context from the perspective of fighting for equity in Chicagoland. Simultaneously responding to attacks at the federal, state, and local levels, it is now more necessary than ever that Chicagoans offer analysis of the injustices harming people’s health and develop collective responses that advance equity.  

Health & Medicine is convening a planning committee to help develop this cross-sector and interdisciplinary discussion about advancing equity in the Chicagoland region.

First Planning Committee Meeting:
Thursday, January 11, 2018
UIC School of Public Health (1603 W Taylor St), Room 932 (9th floor)
5:30-7:00 pm
Light dinner will be provided

If you are working to advance equity in any sector in Chicago and want to help plan this discussion, we invite you to join us!
For questions, call or email Tiffany Ford at or (312) 372-4292 x41

About Demanding Justice Now:
This all-day forum (9:00 am – 3:00 pm), to be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 will serve as a follow-up local version of Policy Link’s 2018 Equity Summit on Friday, April 13, 2018.

The forum will focus on topics including: health justice, incarceration and policing, immigration, education, environmental justice, housing, and economic justice, with special attention paid to the interactive and compounding nature of systems of oppression. The media and public messaging, building community and power, and organizing for change will also be major cross-cutting themes of the day.

This forum will ground attendees in a critical historical and political analysis of the policy decisions that created this current state of ongoing, overlapping crises and allow new opportunities to connect and share resources while examining models and movements that drive reform and resistance.

Forum Objectives
Attendees will be able to:
  • Explain the historical and political context that undergird the neoliberal policies and practices threatening public health and health equity at the national, state, and local level
  • Describe the importance of creating and sustaining equitable, interrelated systems and movements as well as developing cross-sectoral forms of collective action
  • Enumerate and join local efforts to be more politically engaged on advancing equity
  • Understand and develop strategies that confront the complex forms of oppression that impact peoples’ daily lives and produce inequity