The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way people protested, the issues faced by vulnerable communities, and how people communicated their concerns and needs.
This past year, as the COVID-19 pandemic was in full force, we saw protests for Black Lives Matter, uprisings against police violence, and demands for medical attention by people living with long COVID. We saw the rise of new organizations, including Data for Black Lives, which demanded better race data in the pandemic, and we saw old movements reconfigure, including anti-domestic violence advocates, who had to respond to the needs of people trapped in their homes with their abusers, and abortion activists, who demanded access to medication abortion with new urgency.
Despite a great deal of activism, very little writing focuses on the many intersections of public health and social movements. This symposium, which is guest edited by Aziza Ahmed, professor of law at University of California, Irvine School of Law, aims to provide a forum to begin this discussion.
Our research shows that social movement activism is an integral part of service delivery for sexual and reproductive health and Read more
Further on-the-ground innovations, outside the courtroom and across state borders, will be needed to meet future challenges to abortion access. Read more
Where a health state is intertwined with carceral logics, enforcement becomes coercive. Read more
Social movements' impact need not be salutatory, as is evident by the success that the anti-vax movement has had during Read more
Activists in the access-to-medicines movement have mobilized to combat the threat of vaccine/therapeutic apartheid during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
The pandemic showed that community-based supports can foster safety and accountability without requiring state intervention. Read more
Collective movement struggles during the twin crises of COVID-19 and the 2020 uprisings have helped blur the concepts of public Read more
The emerging law of social distancing is vital to the future of public health. And social protests are playing an Read more
COVID Long Haulers and patient advocates for the chronically ill are forcing an unprecedented recognition for these chronic complex diseases. Read more
The pandemic finally shifted the reproductive justice movement’s focus to abortion access, rather than abortion rights. Read more
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