CJA Co-Sponsors “The Summer of Extremes: Racism, Health Inequity and Heat”

What do Chicago’s 1995 heat wave and the COVID-19 pandemic have in common? The heat wave-death map and the COVID-19-death map are almost identical.

In 1995, Chicago was hit by one of the deadliest heat waves in U.S. history, disproportionately killing more than 700 poor and elderly, mostly people of color. Now, history repeats itself. The coronavirus pandemic is exposing the same deadly inequities.

Marking the 25th anniversary of the devastating heat wave, summer 2020 is predicted to be one of the hottest on record — and against the additional public health crisis of police brutality — one of the most revolutionary.

How will journalists reframe and report on this collision of crises?

CJA is proud to co-sponsor this three-night journalism Zoom conference June 23-25, 7-8:30 PM CST. RSVP via summerofextremes.eventbrite.com

This event is co-sponsored by the Chicago Journalists Association, Chicago Headline Club, and the Chicago chapters of the National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Asian American Journalists Association.