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White Coats for Black Lives
Sun June 14, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
The Association of Pakistani Physicians of New England (APPNE)
Indian Medical Association of New England (IMANE) rally:
Boston, Sunday 14 June 2020, 4 pm
In solidarity with the movement for justice, peace and racial equality growing across the USA and internationally, the Association of Pakistani Physicians of New England (APPNE) and the Indian Medical Association of New England (IMANE) are holding a #WhiteCoats4BlackLives rally in Boston, joined by the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) and others.
All are welcome, physicians and non-physicians. We invite physicians and health workers to join wearing white coats or scrubs. #WhiteCoats4BlackLives.
When: Sunday, 14 June, 4– 6pm
Where: In front of Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston.
The demonstration will include 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence, the time it took a now former Minneapolis police officer to kill an unarmed man by kneeling on his neck. The officer had arrested and handcuffed the victim, George Floyd, on May 25, 2020.
Police shootings claim an average of 1000 lives a year in the USA annually. Some killings involve no weapons at all, like the knee that choked Floyd, or the elbow that suffocated Eric Garner. This year, police have already shot and killed over 450 people, despite the lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The victims are disproportionately African American or Black. Floyd’s death was “one event in a continuous system of oppression,” to quote the Rev. Graylan Hagler. “We know some names now, but there are thousands of those we do not know.”
The perpetrators are rarely, if ever, punished. The legal doctrine of qualified immunity in United States federal law freezes the constitution, shielding police officers and other government officials from being sued by victims and families.
We stand with allies around the country and around the world to end systemic racism.