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Livestream #4


Covid-19 and the Political Determinants of Health

Thursday, October 22, 2020

2:00-3:30 PM PDT / 5:00-6:30 PM EDT


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The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the underlying forces and the overarching narratives of race, gender, and class inequality that have been the bedrock of the US experience since Day One. Instead of providing the public with reliable information about the pandemic and a credible plan to defeat it, the pronouncements from the White House have engendered distrust in government and in science. This fourth Livestream event in our series will feature public health experts, political scientists, and social justice activists exploring the current and historical trends in US political life that have led the country to this moment of reckoning—and what’s at stake for public health and racial equity in the upcoming election.


“When you have people elected based on undermining trust in the government, what happens when trust is what you need the most?” says Sarah Dalglish of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who studies the political determinants of health.

--from The Atlantic, “How The Pandemic Defeated America” by Ed Jong, Sept. 2020.



Rahwa Neguse, MSGH, MPA, Executive Director, Healthy Black Families, Inc.

Ann C. Keller, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Health Politics and Policy at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Dr. Hector P. Rodríguez, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health 

James King, State Campaigner for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights 

Axel Fuentes, Executive Director of Rural Community Workers Alliance 


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About this series

This Livestream series, “Rise Up For Justice: Black Lives and Our Collective Future,” from the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, is providing space for cutting edge conversations among activists, scholars, journalists, and other thought leaders to provide context and analysis on this transformative moment and envision what comes next in the movement for racial justice.

A Black-led movement demanding police accountability and justice has galvanized anger, grief, and frustration over the repeated killings of Black men and women both historically and in the present day—but also hope for a future rooted in true belonging. People worldwide are participating in a pivotal uprising that will reshape not only our relationship with Black communities but also our collective future. Launched in June 2020 in response to the murder of George Floyd.

Action Toolkits and Other Resources


Resources: COVID-19 & Public Health




Healthy Black Families, Inc., Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Rural Community Workers Alliance,

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Texas Organizing Project, Advancement Project, Africans Rising, Athletes for Impact, APALA NV, California Calls, Center for Knowledge Equity, Community Action Partnership, Elect Justice, Family Action Network Movement, GARE, Greater Good Science Center, Health Impact Partners, I'm Making a Difference, International SEIU, Jewish Voice for Peace, Make it Work NV, Make the Road NV, More in Common, MOSES MI, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, New Florida Majority, Policylink, Community Change Action, Race Forward, Revolve Impact, SEIU NV, Texas Organizing Project, University of California at Berkeley, Visíon y Compromiso,, Wayne State University (Detroit Equity Lab) and the Workers Center for Racial Justice.


Rise Up! Rise up! Rise up!
A call to link arms
by Gerald Lenoir


The corona virus is out of control

It seems there’s no end to the death toll

The police are still killing us

The economy is still failing us

The system is still ailing; it’s totally corrupt

It is our duty to rise up! Rise up! Rise up!


Don’t believe the falsehoods from the White House

Pay no attention to the Twitter rants and shouts

Keep your head to the sky and eyes on the prize

Don’t give in to the pandemic of myths and lies

Now’s the time to resist and rebel, defy and disrupt

It is our right to rise up! Rise up! Rise up!


We rise up to challenge the viral explosion

We rise up to confront racist commotion

We rise up to fight for true liberation

We rise up to struggle for a new narration

We rise up to repair, reconcile and reconstruct

We are organizing to rise up! Rise up! Rise up!


We rise up for our past, present and potential

We rise up for workers who are all essential

We rise up for shelter and a new homestead

We rise up for red roses and daily bread

We rise up for a seat at the table and a full cup

We are coming together to rise up! Rise up! Rise up!


In the streets, we rise up

In our tweets, we rise up

At the ballot box, we rise up

At the ship docks, we rise up

On the mural walls, we rise up

On the field of football, we rise up! Rise up! Rise up!


Against the brute and beast, we rise up

For justice and peace, we rise up

Against ICE and the police, we rise up

For our values and beliefs, we rise up

Against tyranny and duplicity, we rise up

For our people and posterity, we rise up! Rise up! Rise up!


Check out our previous events:


ATHLETE-ACTIVISTS ELECT JUSTICE with Revolve Impact, Athletes for Impact,, Elect Justice

BLACK LIVES & OUR COLLECTIVE FUTURE with Community Action Partnership, International SEIU, and Race Forward