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HJ537 Press Conference Recap – Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Posted:  -  By: Chlo'e Edwards

Update: Passed by the House and now headed to the Senate next.

This morning, Delegate Aird hosted a press conference to discuss House Joint Resolution No. 537. The resolution formally declares racism as a public health crisis in Virginia. For generations, based off of one’s identity, community members of color have different starting places in life and greater barriers to live a long, healthy, and successful life. This declaration is a first step for Virginia in order to diagnose the current problem that persist and further develop even more policy solutions to address racism as a public health crisis in Virginia. View the press conference now. It features our very own Advocacy & Engagement Manager, Chloe Edwards.

Guest speakers included: Delegate Lamont Bagby, Dr. Janice Underwood, Commonwealth’s Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Advisor, Dr. Irène Mathieu, Pediatrician & Public Health Researcher, Melissa McGinn, Virginia State Trauma-Informed Community Network Coordinator, Freddy Mejia, Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, Ava Holloway, Brown Ballerinas for Change. Thank you to all of those who have supported us thus far!

Full Press Conference Footage

Advocacy & Engagement Manager, Chloe Edwards, Speech

Status Update: The resolution has passed out of the House Rules Committee and will report to be heard on the House floor.


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