It is with sadness and anguish that we have all been observing the events surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Ohio Asian American Health Coalition stands in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters and condemn the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others due to deeply embedded systemic inequities, including our broken criminal justice and health care systems.
We are an organization representing health Coalition that serve communities regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, sex, gender, age, disability, or the color one’s skin. It is past time that our leaders advance meaningful legislation and policy changes that will save the lives of countless Black people and other communities of color.
Racism is a public health crisis and social justice issue that we all must expose and fight. Black lives matter. We acknowledge and claim space for our communities to feel our collective grief and anger and we need to channel our energy into collective action to ensure that all individuals and communities can thrive.
Manju Sankarappa, Cora Munoz, Ph.D., R.N., Ph.D.
Executive Director, OAAHC President, OAAHC