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Understanding and Transforming the Medical Industrial Complex

Offered by the Health Justice Commons

As the tides of US fascism rise, US healthcare is increasingly failing or turning against our communities. This is a crucial time for understanding and transforming the Medical Industrial Complex.

This course digs deep to expose the hidden histories of white supremacy, hetero-patriarchy, and ableism at the roots of the Medical Industrial Complex (MIC).

It enables participants to understand the inextricable yet invisibilized interconnections of healthcare institutions with corporate polluters, big pharma, health insurers, agribusinesses, and poorly regulated governmental bodies, providing a foundation to understand and critique the ongoing impacts of systemic racism, sexism, ableism, fatphobia, transphobia, and heterosexism in the US healthcare today. This course also offers tools for uniting in solidarity and creating alternatives.

FEATURING GUEST PRESENTER DR. RUHA BENJAMIN, author of Race After Technology and People’s Science!!


Medical Apartheid, disability justice, intersex and trans/gender justice, and the interconnections among climate and disability justice will be covered in this course from an intersectional social justice and people’s science lens!

ACCESS INFORMATION: Online via Zoom with live closed captioning, attend from everywhere

Enrollment fees: contribution of $150 - $250, sliding scale. Work exchange and scholarships available. Participants can enroll for one or both parts of the course!


This 6 session course will cover:
-- An overview of the Medical Industrial Complex (MIC) & its hidden history
* What's the MIC? Why refer to US Healthcare as the MIC?
*The MIC is entangled with corporate polluters, big pharma, the military industrial complex and big agro like your worst bad hair day! How do all there entities interconnect?
* How does the MIC connect with the Prison Industrial Complex, climate chaos, and horrific xenophobia directed at asylum seeking communities, migrants and immigrants?
-- The racist history and formation of the MIC
-- Medical Apartheid
—The 10 principles of Disability Justice as defined by our partner, Sins Invalid:
-- Intersex + Trans/Gender Justice issues within the MIC
-- Emergent strategies for putting knowledge into action & creating real alternatives (that's where you come in!!!), including a guest presentation with the amazing Dr. Ruha Benjamin on her new book, Race After Technology and Retooling Solidarity, Reimagining Justice!
-- experiential exercises to to 'unlearn' and heal from the deceptive & ableist ways the MIC defines health & worth
— New & updated content for those who participated in prior sessions!

September 12th, 6pm - 8 pm PST
September 19th, 6 pm - 8 pm PST
September 26th, 6 pm - 8 pm PST
October 3rd, 6 pm – 8 pm PST
October 10th, 6 pm - 8 pm PST
** October 13th, NOON- 2 pm PST (Sunday) -- Special Q&A + Strategy Session

Zoom Video Chat (all sessions recorded!), so you can participate from Everywhere! You can even miss some sessions without missing any content! East Coast participants are welcome! Our courses bring together our communities from all over the US.

This course will be co-facilitated by Health Justice Commons' Intersectional Health Justice Fellow Orameh Bagheri and Mordecai Cohen Ettinger. The course will feature presenters such as Dr. Ruha Benjamin, HJC Vision Council Member Dr. Kimberley Jackson, and others from the HJC team and community partners. More info TBA!

More about Dr. Ruha Benjamin:

More about Orameh:
Orameh Bagheri is a healing-informed Yoga teacher and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) of Iranian and Tatar descent. They currently live and practice on Tongva land, what is now called Los Angeles. Orameh has been teaching Yoga since 2011, domestically and internationally in a broad variety of environments. They create workshops, retreats and classes exploring what it is to be human and that support moving towards healing, social justice and harmony. More at:

More about the HJC Team:

More about the Health Justice Commons:

More info on our Medical Abuse Hotline and Know Your Medical Rights Campaign here:

The course is online via Zoom which allows folks to participate from anywhere. Each session will have live captioning and open with an access needs check-in. Course sessions will also be recorded and available for all participants.


[Image Caption: A women with dark skin, a pink hat, and gloves on holds up a sign which reads: 'Healthcare is a right not a privilege'. In the background are other protesters. The image has a pink-red background hue and is the homepage of the Health Justice Commons. The org's name and tag line: Justice is the Best Medicine' also appear superimposed on the image.]