The inequitable response to the COVID-19 pandemic has heaped more trauma on working class communities especially Black, Indigenous, Latinex, Immigrant and disability & elderly communities. Today’s interview with Cara Page will discuss the definitions, origins, and timeliness of a Healing Justice framework toward the creation of an abolitionist, equitable and transformative system of health and healing justice for our society.
Cara Page is a Black Queer Feminist cultural memory worker and organizer. For 30 years, she has organized with LGBTQI+/Black, Indigenous & People of Color Liberation movements in the U.S. & Global South at the intersections of racial, gender & economic justice, healing justice and transformative justice. She is co-founder of the Healing Histories Project, a network of abolitionist healers/health practitioners and more who are engaged in building solidarity to interrupt harmful systems of care in the Medical Industrial Complex. Cara is co-author with Erica Woodland of Healing Justice Lineages: Dreaming at the Crossroads of Liberation, Collective Care and Safety, now available!
The pandemic laid bare the structural inequities that exist in our society. Settler colonialism, genocide and slavery have shaped the health outcomes and the existing dearth of quality and universal public health infrastructures especially in Puerto Rico and the U.S. South. Edgar will discuss this landscape from his working-class roots and intellectual work and illuminate a vision for another way for forward.
Edgar Rivera Colón, PhD is a medical anthropologist at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and a Course Director at Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine Certificate of Professional Achievement program. He teaches courses on health justice and the history of racism in medicine. He co-authored the textbook, The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine. He recently published with Patrick Hebert, “Slow Burn, Humid Pitch: Cultivating Care While Livin’ La COVIDa Loca” and hosts the ‘Karl Marx Ate My Field Notes’ podcast, on politics and spirituality.