The Spirit of 1848 A Network Linking Politics, Passion, & Public Health 
an officially recognized caucus within the American Public Health Association

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The Spirit of 1848 e-mail community serves an activist network of people concerned about social inequalities in health, in the US and other countries. Linking politics, passion, and public health, we are organized as an official Caucus of the American Public Health Association. Our work focuses on: politics of public health data; curriculum and progressive pedagogy; e-networking; and progressive public health history.

We welcome posting on social justice & public health that provide:

a) information (e.g. about conferences or job announcements or publications relevant to and making explicit links between social justice & public health), and

b) substantive queries or comments directly addressing issues relevant to and making explicit links between social justice and public health.

Please do not post messages that are ONLY about social justice/political issues or ONLY about public health issues that do not explicitly connect issues of social justice & public health.

Please do not post petitions containing text suggesting (or requesting) that signatures should be sent to the Spirit of 1848 bulletin board, as the signatures & replies clog up the works. Instead, if you have a petition you want to circulate, please post a notice about the petition (which can include its text) and provide YOUR email address so people can email you with their signature and/or get a copy of the petition that is to be signed (or else provide the email address and/or website where people should send their signature and/or get a copy of the petition). The Spirit of 1848 Listserv does not tolerate any form of harassment. Members who post harassing messages will be removed from the Listserv at the discretion of the Listserv Moderator.

Also, to limit e-mail volume, please do not send posts directed toward a single individual to the list at large. NEVER post messages that contain only clickable links or URLs with NO explanation included as to what the material is. Finally, please note that members of the listserv post directly to the listserv; the postings are NOT pre-screened by the listserv moderator. That said, the listserv moderator sees every message. If a message is posted that is NOT in compliance with the listserv rules, the individual is sent a private warning which explains why the posting is inappropriate. Any individual who accrues 4 warnings is permanently removed from the listserv. .

TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE SPIRIT OF 1848 LISTSERVE send an email to with the word "subscribe" in the subject line.



For those of you who are dues-paying members of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and also members of the Listserv, we ask you to take TWO STEPS to affirm your membership in the Spirit of 1848 Caucus so that we can provide an accurate count to APHA of the number of Spirit of 1848 members who are currently dues-paying members of APHA:

STEP 1: Take 30 seconds to fill out this tiny form here that simply asks for your name, email address, and APHA membership number.

STEP 2: Update your APHA membership profile to flag your membership in the Spirit of 1848 Caucus:
1) Login in at:
2) Click on the bottom part of where your name shows up, which will reveal the "Menu" for options
3) Click on “Update Profile”
4) Click on the tab for “Communities”
5) Scroll down to “Caucuses,” go to “Spirit of 1848,” and choose the option for “Current Participant”!

By ensuring that your APHA membership profile indicates that you consider yourself to be a member of the Spirit of 1848 Caucus and by completing our survey, we can be sure to provide APHA with the information we need to maintain our Caucus status in APHA.

As for why we are asking you to do this:

a) We consider everyone who joins the Spirit of 1848 listserve to be a member of the Spirit of 1848. As is made clear by our mission statement, we are NOT a dues-paying organization, and count as members instead people who elect to participate in Spirit of 1848 activities, one of which is to enroll in our listserve. We do not require or expect Spirit of 1848 members to be dues-paying members of APHA, but also recognize that many Spirit of 1848 members are also APHA members.

b) Periodically, as a condition of being a Caucus officially in affiliation with APHA, we are required to provide APHA with a list of Spirit of 1848 members who are also dues-paying members of APHA.

We affirm that:

a) the list compiled via this survey (administered via Qualtrics) will reside on a secure server in a password protected file that can be accessed only by the Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee members who run the Spirit of 1848 listserve, and

b) the list will be shared SOLELY with APHA, and the personal identifying information included on the list is information individuals would already have shared with APHA when they enroll as a dues-paying member.

Many thanks in advance for helping us to maintain our status as a Caucus officially recognized to be in affiliation with APHA!



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