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Conference Planning Committee Meeting: Demanding Justice Now

On January 11, Health & Medicien held a planning committee meeting for our Demanding Justice Now event. Part of Health & Medicine’s Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy series, the forum 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. 

About Demanding Justice Now:
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