Rupa Marya – Health and Justice: The Path of Liberation through Medicine
Health visionary Rupa Marya, Associate Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco and Faculty Director of the Do No Harm Coalition, urges us to radically re-envision and expand our concept of medicine to encompass and address the health impacts of poverty, racism and environmental toxicity.
Dr. Marya has been working to make visible the health issues at the nexus of racism and state violence through: her medical work; The Justice Study (national research investigating the health effects of police violence on Black, Brown and other disenfranchised communities); helping set up a free community clinic for the practice of decolonized medicine under Lakota leadership at Standing Rock (the Mni Wiconi Health Clinic); and international outreach with her band, Rupa and the April Fishes.
Introduction by Cat Brooks, Co-Founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project and Executive Director of the Justice Teams Network.
This speech was given at the 2018 Bioneers Conference. Read the full text version.
Thanks to Rupa Marya for allowing the use of the performance at the end of this talk, a song from her forthcoming album. Keep up with Rupa and the April Fishes here.