2017
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Structural violence --- the increased death rates among the poor, as compared with the wealthy -- kills far more people than all the forms of behavioral violence put together, from homicide and suicide to war and genocide. As Gandhi said, "the deadliest form of violence is poverty." This panel will explore the political, social scientific and moral/spiritual traditions that explain the causes of structural violence and develop social movements that will dramatically lower these "non-natural," excess and avoidable deaths and violence including movements to close down the Rikers Island prison complex and ending the drug war.