Pandemics: COVID-19, Racism, and the Call to Action

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
This series of virtual conversations moderated by Enrique Cerna will explore the racial disparities and inequities in Washington’s public health and policing systems highlighted by COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement.  State lawmakers are beginning to convene to prepare for the 2021 state legislative session when these issues, and the budget, will be top priorities. Join us to learn how to put equity front and center in the Olympia debates.

The first event will feature Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman, Dr. Julian Perez of SeaMar Community Health Centers, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic CEO Carlos Olivares, and scholar and Yakama Nation Tribal Member Emily Washines for a conversation about the racially disparate impacts of COVID-19 in Washington’s communities and recommendations for how we move forward.


Enrique Cerna, Broadcast Journalist

Carlos Olivares, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

Dr. Julian Perez, SeaMar Community Health Centers

Emily Washines, Scholar

Dr. John Wiesman, Secretary of Health

We are honored to present this event alongside our co-hosts:
Casa Latina
Centro Latino
El Centro de la Raza
Highline Heritage Museum
Latino Civic Alliance
Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawai'i
Seattle Channel
Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Upstream USA