Young People For is not only committed to the sustainability of our movement’s infrastructure, organizations, and resources, we’re also committed to the well-being of those doing the work each day –– and to the communities from which they’ve come. We believe that access to high quality medical care is a necessity for any truly democratic society and a building block for liberation. As such, we lend our support to Fellows and alumni providing direct medical services to those abandoned by the for-profit medical industry, translating technical medical materials for their communities, and those challenging service providers to learn more about the specific health needs of our communities, particularly trans* and queer folks, people living with immunodeficiency’s, and those who are differently abled.
An example of public health work is that of 2013 Fellow Jasper Katz, who founded Define Depression, a forum for survivors of depression to own their histories with all parts of their identities, including race, history of mental illness, gender identity, sexuality, and more.
Many thanks to Naomi Ashan ’10, Linh Chuong ‘12 , and People For the American Way Foundation staff for their help in the shaping of this issue area.