query: health organizing

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Sun Sep 7 21:34:59 CDT 2003

[ed:  thanks to Betty for responding to Fred's query.]

From: "Betty G. Robinson" <bgrobins at erols.com>

Making Policy, Making Change, How Communities Are Taking the Law into 
Their Own Hands is a 1999 book by Makani Themba.  In the health area it 
details several struggles in people of color communities: one battle in 
LA after the riots which followed the beating of Rodney King.  Here the 
community came together successfully to reduce the number of liquor 
licenses in the areas to be rebuilt; the other case is that of a 
campaign in Baltimore to rid neighborhoods (mostly African American) of 
alcohol and tobacco ads.  While not directly addressing health 
disparities these are examples of campaigns which resonated generally in 
the communities and because they dealt with the marketing of substances 
with a potential for abuse they often made the connection to health 

Betty Robinson
> .
> [ed:  please feel welcomed to copy COMM-ORG with your 
> responses to Fred's query.  A quick reference from me below.]
> From: Fred Smith <smith009 at umn.edu>
> Any recommendations  of names or publications dealing with 
> community-driven campaigns to address health disparities in 
> racial-ethnic communities would be much appreciated and put to 
> good use. 
>  Thanks very much.
> [ed:  the COMM-ORG health organizing page, http://comm-
> org.utoledo.edu/health.htm, may be of help here.]
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