A B O U T

WHO WE ARE

We are a grassroots movement of tens of thousands of activists, scholars, health workers, and people and families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.

We are organizing to stop the cycle of outbreak-panic-neglect that leaves millions dead in a wave of accelerating pandemics. We are active in all 50 states.

QUESTIONS? Email us at info@r2haction.org today!

WHAT WE STAND FOR

R2H Action is fighting to leverage the COVID-19 disaster to ensure that the human right to health and a safe environment is realized by everyone, everywhere.

To prevent the pandemics of the future, we must challenge systems of inequality.

We're repealing and replacing the policies that perpetuate pandemics and disproportionately impact people who are already poor and sick.

GET INVOLVED

COVID-19 has exposed cracks in the global system that threaten global public health for the benefit of a few. We aim to be a crowbar in those cracks, leveraging the searing moments of 2020 to make sure this never happens again.

 

Want to get involved? We welcome passionate volunteers! If you have an interest and experience in policy, organizing, direct action, or communication, plus visit our Join Us page!

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!

 

THE CORE TEAM

 

STATE CAPTAINS

Please contact info@r2haction.org if you are interested in serving as a State Captain or joining your State Team.