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