The Root Cause Coalition stands solidly with all black Americans as our nation confronts, with honesty, the systemic racism that prevents individuals – and thus our entire country – from reaching their full potential. The recent criminal and horrific acts that ended the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor are unacceptable, as are the senseless acts of discrimination that, for too long, have stolen opportunities and the promise of a full life from so many.
In our nation, people of color face significant health disparities, including having high rates of chronic disease, high maternal and infant mortality rates, and are more likely to be uninsured. These individuals also experience higher levels of poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity, all of which are essential to lead a healthy, dignified life. As a Coalition established to achieve health equity by addressing the social determinants of health, we understand the issues facing our neighbors and communities are rooted in public health, social justice and human rights.
We will continue to work on behalf of all whose lives are marginalized, whose voices have been stifled but whose worth is never in doubt. And we commit to champion and advance programs and policies that, at their core, address systemic racism and bias as we understand words without action behind them fail to enact lasting and meaningful change. At the heart of our mission is the imperative to work in community. At the heart of community is unity.