One I Watch: Rupa Marya

When she’s not traveling the world spreading the sounds of people’s resilience with her band, Rupa Marya is a physician at UCSF Hospital..and a mother…and a warrior for justice and the planet.She lectures about the necessity of physicians activating to address specific social determinants of disease–specifically racism and police violence, racism and state-sanctioned violence towards indigenous peoples.

Honestly, I’m so tired of the word disruption bandied about the overblown world of tech start-ups. This, my friends, is disruption.. of patriarchy and racism.

Here’s one of her many contributions to the world:

A Declaration of Human Rights from a San Franciscan in Economic Exile.

On this very strange occasion of being called to receive a Human Rights Award on behalf of the Do No Harm Coalition from a city that is actively engaging in Human Rights abuses, I wanted to take a moment to put forth a Declaration of Human Rights from the perspective of a healthcare worker here in the world’s center of hyper-capitalism, having directly witnessed the impact and the ills in our too rapidly changing city. It is not exhaustive, it is a vision, and it is a work in progress. Please feel free to add. Dr Rupa

Everyone shall have the right to live without fear of being shot, without fear of human-created violence.

Everyone shall have the right to timely and transparent investigation into all cases of human-caused violence.

Everyone shall have the right to obtain justice for murder, to prosecute what the district attorney might deem “unprosecutable” because murder is unacceptable.

Everyone shall have the right, when in mental crisis, to be approached by compassionate civil servants with mental health training and loving elders, instead of robots or guns.

Everyone shall have the right, when in crisis, to be pelted with loving kindness instead of beanbags.

Everyone shall have the right to live in the city without a militarized presence in times of peace.

Everyone shall have the right to speak in public spaces without suffering broken bones, bruised ribs and degradation at the hands of those who disagree or the state.

Everyone shall have the right to be determine how the population is policed and what the reasonable limits of the use of force should be.

Everyone shall have the right to police the police, instead of the police policing themselves.

Everyone shall have the right to decide which individuals are able to work in their communities while in possession of lethal weapons.

Everyone shall have the right to use medicines they need for their illness and to seek help for their illness, without criminalization of the illness.

Everyone shall have the right to access healthcare and medication when needed without fear of economic hardship or deportation.

Everyone shall have the right to determine how city funds are allocated and which organizations and individuals deserve tax breaks.

Everyone shall have the right to not be perceived as foreign in one’s hometown.

Everyone shall have the right to their personal belongings, whether they are housed, unhoused or traveling through.

Everyone shall have the right to be compassionately seen in their complexity, without simplification, reduction or obfuscation of identities.

Everyone shall have the right to access available knowledge and resources for learning without incurring debt.

Everyone shall have the right to cultivate, cook and share their own food and medicines without criminalization.

Everyone shall have the right to a livable wage.

Everyone shall have the right to directly share in regional wealth growth.

Everyone shall have the right, should they chose to exercise it or not, to live within a 20-minute non-fossil-fuel dependent commute of their work in order to maximize their nonworking time to spend with family, friends or in solitude.

Everyone shall have the right to remain in their communities and in their homes regardless of ownership, real estate trends or tech booms.

Everyone shall have the right to live in their neighborhoods without having to endure pseudo-hotels inserted where traditional and nontraditional families used to live.

Everyone shall have the right to link arms and dance or sing or recite poetry in public spaces without being read the riot act.

Everyone shall have the right to live without fear of eviction, deportation, displacement, imprisonment or state-ordered removal.

Everyone shall have the right to sleep outside without punishment, to rest in public spaces without being criminalized.

Everyone shall have the right to occupy for the purpose of shelter and well-being any unoccupied dwellings.

Everyone shall have the right to access safe water, clean air and healthy food.

Everyone shall have the right to be completely economically unproductive and still have their basic human dignity protected by the law.

And here are the April Fishes at the 2014 TEDMED conference. All I wanna do is lay my head down…

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