June 19, 2020
Follow the link below to open a PDF of the zine “Acupuncture as Activism: A look at the movement & the Black Panther Party’s fight to bring health to the BIPOC community”. For her Public Health coursework, Maya Zitrin created this zine about discrimination & racism in healthcare and how the Black Panther Party and other activists fought for public health initiatives in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It provides a historical roadmap of healthcare injustices towards communities of color and specifically Black people in the U.S.– and also an inspiring glimpse into grassroots healthcare projects from the Young Lords, the Black Panthers, and other activist organizations.
“Too often black history is limited to Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and Barack Obama, and a linear idea of progress in which things always get better. But it’s so much more complicated than that. In planning for the future around questions like how communities can mobilize to meet their needs, we need to be sensitive to learn from what was done in the past.”
-Dr. Fullilove, EdD Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Medical Center
About the Author
Maya Zitrin is a candidate for a Master’s in Oriental Medicine at AIMC, Berkeley. She is an RN and truly understands integrative medicine. She is working on a research project studying ambiguous racism, it’s affect Ego-depletion leading cardiovascular disease in Black people, and how acupuncture and qi gong provide effective treatment modalities.
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- Villarosa, Linda. “Myths about physical racial differences were used to justify slavery– and are still believed by doctors today” New York Times, Aug 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/racial-differences-doctors.html