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Nurses Urge Senate to Reject Pruitt for Critical EPA Post

Nurses Urge Senate to Reject Pruitt for Critical EPA Post

With the defeat of fast food CEO Andrew Puzder to head the Department of Labor, National Nurses United today stepped up opposition to the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. —National Nurses United, 02/15/17 More »

Nurses Hail Federal Move to Halt Dakota Pipeline, Praise Unity of First Nations, Veterans, Activists

Nurses Hail Federal Move to Halt Dakota Pipeline, Praise Unity of First Nations, Veterans, Activists

National Nurses United Sunday congratulated leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and thousands of supporters, including 2,000 veterans assembled over the weekend, for the news that the federal government will deny authorization for the Dakota Access Pipeline to go through tribal lands posing a threat to water sources and sacred sites. —National Nurses United, 12/04/16 More »

Nurses Donate $50,000 to Aid Veterans Stand with Standing Rock

Nurses Donate $50,000 to Aid Veterans Stand with Standing Rock

National Nurses United today announced that it is donating $50,000 to support U.S. service veterans who are assembling this weekend as peaceful, unarmed defenders for the water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota who are enduring military style police assaults for opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project. —National Nurses United, 12/02/16 More »

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Nurses Urge Senate to Reject Pruitt for Critical EPA Post

Nurses Urge Senate to Reject Pruitt for Critical EPA Post

National Nurses United today announced its opposition to the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. —National Nurses United, 01/25/17 More »

Wounded On the Front Line at Standing Rock, a Protester Refuses to Give Up Her Fight

Wounded On the Front Line at Standing Rock, a Protester Refuses to Give Up Her Fight

It was after sundown on a cold night at the Backwater Bridge at the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Dundon, 31, a Navajo and mother of four, had arrived two months earlier to join thousands of others in their battle against the Dakota Access pipeline. —Sandy Tolan, Los Angeles Times, 12/22/16 More »

Workers face ‘epidemic of heat-related injuries’ due to climate change

Workers face ‘epidemic of heat-related injuries’ due to climate change

Workers in fields and factories face an epidemic of heat-related injuries that will devastate their health, income and productivity as climate change takes hold, a major UN report has warned. —Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, 05/02/16 More »

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Attacking the Medics of Standing Rock Violates Basic Laws of Humanity

Attacking the Medics of Standing Rock Violates Basic Laws of Humanity

Nurses know the results of violence because we have, with our own hands, helped to mend wounds, to save lives, to weave back together what has been broken. Where there is pain, you will always find healers. It is our calling. So it was with great horror this week that nurses watched the land and water protectors at Standing Rock — those who have peacefully resisted the Dakota Access pipeline project — be attacked by a militarized force of police and armed guards. —Bonnie Castillo, RN, Director of Health & Safety at NNU, 10/28/16 More »

Bernie Sanders is Right - Regulation Isn’t Enough, We Need to Ban Fracking

Bernie Sanders is Right - Regulation Isn’t Enough, We Need to Ban Fracking

Hillary Clinton promises to regulate hydraulic fracturing. Yet even if she were to keep this promise, it simply doesn’t go far enough. —Deborah Burger writing for Common Dreams, 04/07/16 More »

Nurses join with partner environmental groups to demand climate justice now

Nurses join with partner environmental groups to demand climate justice now

More than 1,200 California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee registered nurses, environmental and healthcare activists, and students on Dec. 3 marched and rallied in Los Angeles to demand that the world’s leaders, now convening in Paris for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, adopt a binding and enforceable climate treaty, commit resources to fund the transformation to clean, renewable energy including a just transition program for those who now work in the fossil fuel industry, and call on wealthy, developed countries to provide resources for the less-developed countries to act on climate, with funding coming from a carbon tax and the Robin Hood tax. —National Nurses United, 12/03/15 More »