History

The Boston Liberation Health Group was formed 10 years ago in an effort to bring social justice organizing into clinical practice in and around the Boston Area. Since it’s inception, members have participated in a variety of direct actions, conferences, teach-ins and free care clinics.

In 2007, Boston Liberation Health organized their first rally for single payer health care, in and around the Mission Hill and Roxbury areas. Shortly thereafter, BLH hosted a community health fair at Roxbury Tenants of Harvard, an affordable housing development serving the Mission Hill area. Since then, members have organized for immigrant rights with the May Day Coalition, and participated in solidarity rallies around unjust detention practices outside of ICE facilities with Resist the Raids.

At the height of the Occupy Movement, BLH members participated in a march with Healh Justice / Occupy Boston in support of healthcare for all. BLH members participated around the clock with medic organizers from around the country in helping to keep the encampment safe and provide moral support to protesters as the Summer turned to a cold Fall and early Winter. Members have marched for justice for Trayvon Martin, and marched in solidarity with the grief of the community in the wake of the unjust aquittal. Recently, BLH has supported the Hyde Square Task Force in an effort to prevent affordable housing from being converted to luxury condominiums.

In the news:

Occupy Boston
Huffington Post: October 27, 2011
BLHG members Dawn Delkin Martinez, Chloe Frankel and Emily Balazs interviewed on the role of social workers at Occupy Boston.

Doctors for Global Health General Assembly
Challenging Scarcity: Health Justice for All August 10-12, 2012
Challenging Scarcity: Health Justice for All. BLHG member Jared Kant joins a panel of presenters at Simmons College on addressing social indicators of health in social work intervention.

Hyde Square Task Force action to reclaim affordable housing
Jamaica Plain Gazette: May 24, 2013
BLHG co-founder and organizer Dawn Belkin Martinez speaks to the Jamaica Plain Gazette about the fight to keep affordable housing in JP and prevent critical space being claimed for luxury condos.