San Antonio City Council to consider declaring racism a public health crisis

San Antonio City Council members could vote soon on a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis and calling for racial justice to be a fundamental part of all city policies and programs.

Dozens of U.S. cities and counties, including Austin and Dallas County, have passed nonbinding declarations deeming racism a public health crisis. The trend has been accelerated by protests over the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African American, by a white police officer in Minneapolis in May.

The resolution is one way San Antonio council members and activists are trying to translate momentum from the demonstrations into action — or at least a set of priorities.

Black Lives Matters parade-goers decorate their cars before driving from Wolff Stadium to Wheatley Heights Sports Complex Sunday.

“As we strive to speak to the heart of equity and inclusion, taking this crucial step in declaring racism as a public health crisis is of extreme importance,” said District 2 Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan, the council’s only Black member.

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