[act-ma] 5/12 CCI Antiracism Film/Discussion: PLACE MATTERS (Wed)

Janet janet at communitychangeinc.org
Mon Apr 26 10:11:46 PDT 2010

CCI Antiracism Film/Discussion Series:

  Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?

Unnatural Causes is a groundbreaking film series that reveals some  
reasons why some of us get sicker more often and die sooner. There’s  
more to our wellbeing than genes, behaviors, and medical care;  
Unnatural Causes documents how inequities in the rest of our lives –  
the jobs we do, the stress we experience, the neighborhoods we live  
in – can get under the skin and disrupt our biology as surely as  
germs and viruses. Solutions lie not in more pills but in more  
equitable social policies.

Please join us for a viewing and community conversation of the film


Why is your street address such a good predictor of your health?  
Living in a disadvantaged neighborhood leads to a 50-80% increase in  
risk for heart disease – the number 1 killer in the U.S. One reason  
is chronic stress. Worrying about violence, lousy schools, and unpaid  
bills; living in substandard housing or a polluted environment; not  
having good access to fresh food, reliable transportation, or safe  
public spaces – all of these have a negative, even toxic effect on  

MAY 12 (Wed)

Noon-1:30 p.m.

The Community Change Library on Racism

14 Beacon Street, Room 604

As Harvard’s David Williams reminds us, “housing policy is health  
policy. Neighborhood improvement policies are health policies.”  
Health of individuals is improved when residents, government  
agencies, local officials, foundations and private business work  
together and take health into account.

Please join Community Change staff and friends for a screening of  
this film followed by a community conversation. Please bring your  
lunch. Beverages will be provided. $5 contribution requested.  
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: RSVP 617-523-0555, janet at communitychangeinc.org

Community Change, Inc. was born out of the Civil Rights Movement and  
in response to the Kerner Commission which named racism as "a white  
problem." Since 1968, CCI has done what few organizations are willing  
to do: shine a spotlight on the roots of racism in white culture with  
the intention of dealing with racism at its source, as well as with  
its impact on communities of color.
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