8:47:36 PM PDT - Friday, June 18th, 2021

Lawmakers Pressure Newsom to ‘Step Up’ on Racism as a Public Health Issue  

By Editor - Thu Jun 10, 2:26 am

SACRAMENTO — After the killing last year of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white Minneapolis police officer, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers declared racism a public health crisis. The governors of Michigan and Nevada quickly followed, as have legislative bodies in Minnesota, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Yet California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who governs one of the most racially and ethnically diverse populations in the U.S., has not. State Democratic lawmakers are not waiting for Newsom to make a declaration and are pressuring the first-term Democrat to dedicate $100 million per year from the state budget, beginning July 1, to fund new health equity programs and social justice experiments that might help break down systemic racism. Possibilities for the funding include transforming parking lots in low-income neighborhoods into green spaces and giving community clinics money to distribute fresh fruit and vegetables to their patients. Lawmakers say covid’s disproportionate impact on California’s Black and Latino residents, who experienced higher rates of sickness and death, makes their request even more pressing

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Lawmakers Pressure Newsom to ‘Step Up’ on Racism as a Public Health Issue

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