On centennial of Tulsa Race Massacre, CT State Senate passes bill declaring racism public health crisis


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Tuesday marked the 100th year since the Tulsa Race Massacre occurred, and on the same day, the Connecticut State Senate passed a bill declaring racism a public health crisis.

The state says the move “takes several key steps to address systemic racism in Connecticut.”

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The bill, which passed in the State House with bipartisan support, declares racism a public health crisis and “creates a cross-sector commission to set goals and create a strategic plan for dismantling systemic racism as it impacts public health; defines the doula profession; standardizes how race, ethnicity, and language data are collected; and takes other steps to address the impacts of racism on health in our state.”

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