The COVID-19 pandemic has painfully emphasized the ways in which white supremacy and racial capitalism harm the health of Black people and other people of color. WC4BL remains committed to advocating for racial justice in medicine. Below, you can learn more about ongoing WC4BL campaigns as well as educational resources related to the intersection of COVID-19, racism and capitalism; we also welcome your ideas and questions -- please feel free to contact us! We also understand that these uncertain times are traumatic; don't hesitate to reach out if there are any ways we can support you.
Below is a list resources related to COVID-19, racism, and capitalism as well as the urgent need for an anti-racist, intersectional, and anti-capitalistic response to the pandemic and beyond. If you have any resources that you would like to share, please let us know!
May 11, 2020 7 PM EST - Highlander: The South Calls: State of Emergency. More information here
May 13, 2020 8-10 PM EST - The Institute for Healing and Justice in Medicine: Towards the Abolition of Biological Race in Medicine and Public Health: Transforming Clinical Education, Research, and Practice. RSVP here
May 15, 2020 2 PM EST - The Brookings Institute Webinar: The impact of COVID-19 on prisons. More information here
May 18, 2020 7 PM EST - The Highlander Center: Becoming a Middle Class Traitor. Register here.
May 20, 2020 7 PM EST - Movement for Black Lives: The Dual Crisis of Climate and COVID-19. RSVP here.
Join the National Working Group
White Coats for Black Lives is seeking a new member to join the National Working Group. Medical students and residents can apply to join by filling out this application. We are committed to anti-racism not only in our work but also in the leadership of the National Working Group. We strongly believe that people of all races must work together to dismantle white supremacy and racial capitalism under the leadership of people of color. The WC4BL National Working Group is a multiracial group of medical students and residents, the majority of whom are people of color and of marginalized genders. We strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, especially people who hold other marginalized identities.
COVID-19 Release Efforts
Mass incarceration and immigrant detention are driven by structural racism, white supremacy and racial/gendered capitalism. There are a number of organizations that are working towards decarceration and release of incarcerated people during COVID-19 and beyond. You can find more information in the links below.