TODAY: Medical, public health, and addiction experts to urge officials to take a health-focused approach at “Mass. and Cass”
BOSTON, October 27, 2021 – Public health and addiction professionals, advocates for unhoused people, and legal experts will gather today, October 27 at Bradston Street in Boston to urge officials to take a health-focused approach at Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard.
The group will discuss the health dangers and civil rights implications of rounding up and jailing people for involuntary “treatment,” and present evidence-based solutions to the intersecting crises people are experiencing in the area of “Mass. and Cass.”
WHAT: Press conference to address intersecting crises at “Mass. and Cass”
Dr. Sarah Wakeman, Medical Director for Substance Use Disorder at Mass General Brigham
Dr. Todd Kerensky, President of the Massachusetts Society of Addiction Medicine
Dr. Natalia Linos, Executive Director of FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Stacey Borden, Founder and President of New Beginnings Reentry Services
Cassie Hurd, Executive Director of Material Aid and Advocacy Program
State Representative Ruth Balser
Rahsaan Hall, Racial Justice Program Director at the ACLU of Massachusetts
WHEN: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Outside, near 23 Bradston Street, Boston, MA