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GetHip Projects Public Service Announcement
July 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mass Incarceration is a public health crisis! Join the participants of Get HIP Boston for a public screening of our PSA regarding the public health impacts of the prison industrial complex on men of color in Boston. There will be free food and beverages provided and a panel of local activists and advocates following the screening. Come through! !! *child care provided*!!
Reverend Jason Lydon, Unitarian Universalist community minister in Boston, Massachusetts and founder of Black and Pink.
Yohana Beyene, a member of Youth Against Mass Incarceration
Jessie Zimmerer, the Legislative Director for State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz of the Second Suffolk District (Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End neighborhoods in Boston)
Member of Boston Coalition for Police Accountability TBA
The Get Health Information Project, (GetHIP), is a collaboration between Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center's Health Promotion Center, BWH Residents, youth workers, local activists, and young men of color ages 17-24 from Boston. The program has provided 8-weeks of trainings in community health, health equity, the impact of racism on health, racial justice framing, and advocacy of young men of color from around the Boston area. The goal of get HIP is to promote the health of program participants and their peers, continuing their personal development, while simultaneously catalyzing systems change.
Each year the team has identified an area of health inequity and designed a media project and campaign around this issue. In the past we have focused on oral health, homophobia, and sexual health. Last summer, the team looked at the public health implications of policing and imprisonment on communities of color in Boston. Our choice of and commitment to this topic is not surprising. Nationwide, men of color are filtered into the criminal justice system from a young age. Boston is no different. Many of the Get Hip participants have experienced suspension from schools, racial profiling by police, and incarceration first hand. For the past three years despite examining varying topics we have returned to policing and the criminal justice system as something that personally impacts our families and us and is rife with health
The public health implications are vast. By being pushed out of school at a young age, we experience more stress, we don’t graduate, we have less access to living wage jobs, are more likely to be paid under the table with no insurance or health benefits, and have an even greater chance of being targeted by police. In most major cities, more than half of working age African American men have criminal records and are thus subject to legalized discrimination for the rest of their lives. Without a job, positive participation in your community becomes out of reach.
In the summer of 2014 the Get Hip team developed an hour-long interactive workshop highlighting the health impacts of mass incarceration, and reached over 150 youth and adult allies, as well as over 25 different health care providers. With the help of a local videographer, we have developed a hard-hitting video on their research. The video has yet to be released publicly.
On July 30th from 7-9pm at the First Baptist Church we are screening our PSA for the first time and holding a short panel with a number of people doing powerful work to alleviate the effects of mass incarceration. Come learn how to get involved to make a better, more just Boston!
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