UW News

June 9, 2020

Health care workers march to protest racism as a public health risk

UW News

Thousands of doctors, nurses, health care workers and public health experts from the University of Washington and other medical institutions turned out in downtown Seattle on June 6 to demand an end to systemic racism and calling for police reform. An organizer estimated there were 7,000 people in attendance.

“Racism is a disease,” said Dr. Shaquita Bell, pediatrician at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic. “The prescription is change.”

The march began at Harborview Medical Center and ended at Seattle City Hall. Led by Dr. Estell Williams and Edwin Lindo, demonstrators were asked to wear masks and maintain physical distancing. The distance of the march and time allotted for speakers were taken into consideration to limit exposure to large groups in light of COVID-19.

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