Recently, there have been more videos, more hashtags, three more black men killed in police custody, and now 5 police officers have been killed.
We, the SNMA, extend our deepest condolences to the families of Delrawn Small, Alton Sterling, and Philando Castile, as well as the families of the officers slain in Dallas last night. We know that while our hearts are with them, this will never be enough to stop the pain that these tragedies have caused their loved ones. The Student National Medical Association has taken a strong stance against both the use of excessive force seen in these acts of police brutality and senseless acts of gun violence.
There has been much talk on social media about getting involved in the movement against these violent acts, members looking fora way to use this anger and frustration to make change. The SNMA outlined a plan to create a manual encouraging student advocacy while providing each and every one of you with the tools to know how to protect yourselves and your careers. We have organized a national ad-hoc committee that is working diligently to provide you with these materials as quickly as we can. In the meantime, please note that all of our approved policy statements can be found on the Health Policy and Legislative Affairs webpage for your review. For those who feel so moved, we also encourage you to get involved with the Health Policy and Legislative Affairs and the Community Service Committees here as we march towards our national programming, promoting solutions to the public health issue of violence in our country today. As the details unfold, please know that our thoughts are with all affected by these tragedies.
Christen D. Johnson
Student National Medical Association