A B O U T
HOW WE STARTED
Our group started as conversations between emerging and veteran activists, front-line health workers, and scholars, united in anger to be facing yet another pandemic, and committed to direct action to stop COVID-19 and prevent the pandemics of the future.
We knew that globalization and climate change was causing an accelerating explosion in new outbreaks of animal-to-human diseases. As veterans of decades-long campaigns to end AIDS and tuberculosis, we were infuriated that, once again, a predictable and preventable global cataclysm was made worse by irresponsible leaders pushing racist, denialist policies.
We had to create a plan to use the moment to leverage transformative change. At the same time, we needed to develop new tactics for training and action for a virtual world. The team launched a series of "Web-Ins": online teach-ins from leading scholars, policy makers and activists to illuminate the issues and opportunities needed to stop the pandemics. After wide consultations, the team crafted the People's Pandemic Prevention Plan. This living document plan continues to grow and evolve as we learn more, as our team grows, and as policymakers find a way to accommodate more of our demands.
The COVID-19 crisis presents us with the opportunity to create a more equitable new normal. We urgently need to learn from this pandemic, build relationships, engage with experts and frontline providers, and take leadership from people who have been most impacted. The atrocities of COVID-19, along with other still unresolved pandemics like HIV, malaria, or the pandemic of untreated addiction: all of these preventable outbreaks are the products of polices.
We are building a movement to win the human right to health and a healthy, safe environment, for everyone, everywhere. We're building a movement armed with clear demands, equipped with strong arguments, and backed up by expertise and overwhelming grassroots numbers. Please join the team!