We are grateful for our engaged RHEDI community at a moment when the systemic violence and race-based inequity of our nation are on full display. These are long-standing patterns that have facilitated, perpetuated, and condoned the recent murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and of so many, many Black and Brown people before them. These events should remind us that the struggle for just, equitable reproductive health and abortion care cannot proceed without active resistance to the institutions of white supremacy and racism within medicine and beyond.

Both police violence and Covid-19 must be recognized as public health crises with devastating impacts on communities of color, and most distinctly, on Black bodies. As an organization, we denounce the recent racist murders as well as the profoundly American history of white supremacy, racism, subjugation and violence from which they stem. We also want to acknowledge the pain, despair, and additional work that this recurrent situation presents for our Black colleagues, students, residents, patients, and their communities. To members of this community who identify as Black: You are not alone; we stand with you, and our organization is committed to actions that create structural and organizational change within family medicine residencies and the larger medical institutions to which they belong. This message is a call to action for all of us, but most especially those who are not Black. Please see below a list of resources for education and for action. While you may have come across these in the past or very recently, they serve as a reminder that action is needed. Complacency is no longer an option. We must act. Black Lives Matter.

In solidarity,

The RHEDI Team

Some resources for action:

Anti-racism resources
http://bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES

Opportunities for white people in the fight for racial justice
https://www.whiteaccomplices.org/

75 things white people can do for racial justice
https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

Note to self: white people taking part in #BlackLivesMatter protests
https://www.afsc.org/blogs/acting-in-faith/note-to-self-white-people-taking-part-blacklivesmatter-protests

Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons / The Ally + Accomplice Meditation for Cultivating an Anti-Racist Mindset
http://drcandicenicole.com/2016/07/black-lives-matter-meditation/

The Opportunity Agenda / We Stand With You, #JusticeOutLoud
https://www.opportunityagenda.org/explore/insights/we-stand-with-you-justiceoutloud

Racial equity tools
https://www.racialequitytools.org/home

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A call to end the silence – Comprehensive Medical Mentoring Program
https://www.cmmpmed.org/a-call-to-end-the-silence/

Developing an anti-racist residency recruitment process
https://www.sgim.org/File%20Library/SGIM/Resource%20Library/Forum/2020/SGIM-JAN-4.pdf

Upstander Action Guide – UT San Antonio
https://lsom.uthscsa.edu/diversity/wp-content/uploads/sites/80/2020/04/UpstanderActionGuiderev04152020_2.pdf

Racism in Medicine: Shifting the Power – Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.annfammed.org/content/14/3/267

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George Floyd memorial fund
https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

Directory of community bail funds
https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory

Black mamas bail out
https://nationalbailout.org/black-mamas-bail-out/