Black Lives Matter
We at the UCSF Black Women’s Health & Livelihood Initiative are deeply saddened, hurt, and angered as we have witnessed the deaths of Black people at the hands of the police. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade have now been added to the list of names of those we know whose lives have been cut short by police violence. The reality is that racism and systemic violence kill Black folks every day. We don’t have to look any further than pregnancy and maternal outcomes in the United States; we feel outrage on a daily basis. The cause of these deaths-white supremacy and racism-are embedded in the fabric of our country, including healthcare.
We at the Black Women’s Health & Livelihood Initiative stand in solidarity with YOU, our community, as we grieve these losses together, support each other in healing, and seek revolutionary strategies to dismantle these systems of oppression.
We know that responses to this ongoing racism and trauma vary. We also know that self-care during this time is critical to our well-being. In the words of Audre Lorde, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
We see you. We hear you. We are with you.
-The Black Women's Health & Livelihood Initiative Team