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Racism, Barber said, is a systemic crisis that steals from Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).

Steve Sisolak, who in June promised to respond to the outcry in Nevada, signed a proclamation to name racism as a public health crisis.

“One of many things that the Black Lives Matter uprisings in the last couple months has brought forth is how racism literally is a public health crisis,” said Laura Martin, the executive director of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

On the last day of the second special legislative session, Senate Concurrent Resolution 1 was introduced that declared systemic racism a public health crisis magnified by the Covid-19 health pandemic.

“What we’re talking about in terms of health disparities has always existed,” state Sen. Pat Spearman said in the hearing.

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