Community Healthcare Network joins the global chorus of people of good will in condemning America’s persisting culture of racism. Its evil affects us all.
At the heart of CHN is its daily actions providing needed health care to residents of underserved communities of color. We combat racial disparities in health day by day. It is who we are. That work is good, but not enough.
Like our allies who fight for equality and justice, CHN is looking hard – both inside and outside – to create a fairer and more decent workplace, and world.
Robert M. Hayes
President and CEO
Community Healthcare Network
Police violence is a public health issue. Community Healthcare Network condemns the unjust, unlawful, and violent targeting of Black people by law enforcement. Police violence inflicts bodily harm, causes trauma, and creates fear among the communities we serve. Police reform is a fundamental requirement for basic public health. Below are three opportunities to take action and create change at the city, state, and federal levels:
- Eight Can’t Wait Campaign: This campaign, run by Campaign Zero, calls for cities to implement eight policies that have been shown to reduce instances of police violence by 72%. NYC has implemented four of the eight policies, but still has not (1) banned chokeholds & strangleholds, (2) required police officers to warn before they shoot, (3) require all instances of force to be reported, and (4) require officers to exhaust all alternatives before shooting. ACTION: Contact the Mayor and the New York City Council to push for these four remaining policies. Find your City Council Member here.
- Safer NY Act: The Safer NY Act is a package of bills in the New York State Legislature that would increase police transparency. The Act includes: the Police Statistics and Transparency (STAT) Act, codifying and strengthening the Special Prosecutor executive order, reducing unnecessary arrests for low-level, ticketable offenses, repealing the police secrecy law (CRL section 50-a), and legalizing marijuana, ensuring that resources are reinvested in communities most harmed by prohibition. Update: Several of these bills have been passed by the State Assembly and Senate and await the Governor’s signature. Tell the Governor to sign these bills into law now! Click here.
- VOTE: Register to vote in local, state, and federal elections. The New York Primary is on June 23, 2020. The Governor has issued an Executive Order allowing voters to vote by absentee ballot in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The last day to register for an absentee/mail-in ballot is June 16. ACTION: Register for an absentee ballot here. Click here to see who will be on your ballot.