For Immediate Release
CC: Ann Arbor City Council, to the Mayor, and to the Human Rights Commission
Ann Arbor, Michigan: This is a good time to share my program for the basic building blocks of our public health. The pandemic which is staring us in the face won’t be the last one. Let’s get prepared for it all.
As of today, I am still the only candidate on the ballot for Ann Arbor City Council, Ward 4.
I am also the only candidate who is an environmental toxicologist, a PhD who is focused on global public health. I am an author of dozens of articles in environmental and public health journals. I have delivered dozens of lectures worldwide on public health. My latest lecture at the University of Michigan, just four days ago, is here:
You may wonder why I campaign so hard for the public health of everyone facing contamination from the Gelman dioxane plume, and why I’ve demanded an immediate cleanup now, unlike any other candidate for City Council.
You may wonder why I campaign so hard for the public health of the Palestinian people, millions of whom are caged up in the Gaza Strip, with severely crippled hospitals, thousands of whom are massacred by Israel with your tax dollars. Of course we should stop sending military aid to Israel, all $38 billion of it. Don’t forget that a large part of our Ann Arbor community is Palestinian too. Their lives matter. Their loved ones’ lives matter. It should be said more often.
You may wonder why I am campaigning for the basic building blocks of public health, like a $15 minimum wage now, affordable public housing now, expanded public transport now, the immediate unionization of every workplace where a majority of workers sign up for it, the immediate provision of single-payer health care for every person, and emergency unemployment checks so that no one starves. Those things give us the strength and organization to preserve health and life.
Wealth is a poor means of rationing the necessities of life.
You may wonder why I say that our City must do its best to expand our available hospital beds, our medical personnel, quarantine centers (including motels), and homeless shelters. If the federal, state, and county governments refuse to do that bare minimum, then our City should do it quickly.
You may wonder why I campaign so hard for public health, inside and outside Ann Arbor. Now you know: because the health of every person, from Ann Arbor to China to Palestine, is literally connected. The first person who sneezes in the Gaza Strip (which Israel has turned into a prison with only a few crippled hospitals), could infect millions with no means of treatment or escape.
This August 4th, I urge everyone reading this message to vote for our public health.
If you agree with my program for our public health, then I would appreciate your vote.
Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, PhD