Cara Page is a Black Queer Feminist cultural memory worker and organizer. For 30 years, she has organized with LGBTQI+/Black, Indigenous & People of Color Liberation movements in the U.S. & Global South at the intersections of racial, gender & economic justice, healing justice and transformative justice. She is co-founder of the Healing Histories Project, a network of abolitionist healers/health practitioners and more who are engaged in building solidarity to interrupt harmful systems of care in the Medical Industrial Complex. Cara is co-author with Erica Woodland of Healing Justice Lineages: Dreaming at the Crossroads of Liberation, Collective Care and Safety, now available!
The pandemic laid bare the structural inequities that exist in our society. Settler colonialism, genocide and slavery have shaped the health outcomes and the existing dearth of quality and universal public health infrastructures especially in Puerto Rico and the U.S. South. Edgar will discuss this landscape from his working-class roots and intellectual work and illuminate a vision for another way for forward. Edgar Rivera Colón, PhD is a medical anthropologist at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and a Course Director at Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine Certificate of Professional Achievement program. He teaches courses on health justice and the history of racism in medicine. He co-authored the textbook, The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine. He recently published with Patrick Hebert, “Slow Burn, Humid Pitch: Cultivating Care While Livin’ La COVIDa Loca” and hosts the ‘Karl Marx Ate My Field Notes’ podcast, on politics and spirituality.
Rita Valenti is a Registered Nurse, retired from Grady Health Systems. She is deeply engaged with health and healing justice strategies as a focus of her political work. She holds membership in many diverse healthcare organizations and healing justice collectives including, the People’s CDC, Healthcare-NOW, Georgia Physicians for a National Health Program, Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective and the Healthcare Committee of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America. She is a co-founder of Project South, a former Georgia State Legislator and frequent speaker on the embedded harms in corporate private healthcare, while promoting the necessity for free, universal, equitable, comprehensive and trusted healthcare for all.
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