VCU medical students holding ‘die-in’ this afternoon

Part of a coordinated protest against racial bias recently evidenced in Ferguson and New York.

Update #1 — December 10, 2014; 11:22 AM

VCU’s die-in event will actually be held at 12:00 PM today.

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Original — December 10, 2014

VCU School of Medicine students will gather in front of the McGlothlin Medical Education Center at 1201 E. Marshall Street at 12:00 PM today to take part in a national “white coat die-in” to protest recent decisions in Ferguson, MO and New York City that resulted in non-indictments against white police officers who killed unarmed black men.

“Racial bias and violence are not exclusively a problem of the criminal justice system,” read a press release attributed to several students at VCU and other universities nationwide. “As we have seen in Ferguson, MO., New York, and countless other places, bias kills, sickens, and provides inadequate care. As medical students, we must take a stand against the oppression of our black and brown patients, colleagues, friends, and family.”

Organizers claim over 1,000 students at over 50 medical schools will participate today. Follow the die-ins using #WhiteCoats4BlackLives.

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