Social Justice

I grew up in a small conservative town in Texas where abortion is considered murder, queerness is considered amental illness, and discussions about race are considered hostile towards white people. But even in a place like this, my right to an abortion, my bodily freedom and autonomy, was protected.
[Originally published in Synapse on May 24, 1981.] Abortion is under attack, again, in what may prove to be the most heated debate in Congress this year. At issue this session is the Hyde-Helms Bill.
[Originally publishing on March 25, 1977.] As the U.S. Supreme Court announced last week its decision to hear the Bakke case, organizations state-wide responded with rallies, forums and demonstrations protesting the California Supreme Court decision and its ramifications.
[Originally published in Synapse on February 24, 1983.] Come with me on a brief journey into the not too distant past. It is the year of 1968. I would like to share with you what it was like for blacks during those days prior to the founding of the Black Caucus.
In our latest podcast episode, pre-med student and Synapse contributor Sarah Siddiqui talks to the co-presidents of the UCSF chapter of Med Students For Choice.

Asiri is one of the widows who attended our first meeting. In Dholuo, Asiri’s native language, the term widow is chi liel. Literally translated, chi liel means ‘wife of the grave’.

The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman.

Strong Black Women

Angry Black Women

Resilient Black Women

The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.

Indestructible Black Women

One of the most cataclysmic events in the 21st  century has a guttural, sonic signature.

Human rights activists have been shocked down to their core as they received proof of the Chinese government’s horrific removal and trafficking of detained Uyghur Muslims’ organs.

[Originally published in Synapse on October 19, 2006.] What does the term “race” mean? Is it a social construct or is it genetic? How should the issue of race be addressed in the patient encounter? The purpose of Dr. Sandra Moody-Ayers lecture was not to answer the questions but rather to show that race is a fluid concept that has changed over time.