Press Release

Today City of Hope Medical Center Nurses to Hold Juneteenth Candlelight Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter

Nurse holds sign "Nurses say Black Lives Matter"

Duarte, CA – Nurses at City of Hope Medical Center, are hosting a Juneteenth candlelight vigil in support of and in solidarity with Black Lives Matter - Nurses for Black Lives, announced California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU).

Juneteenth, June 19, is the date in 1865 when Black slaves in Texas first learned of their emancipation – two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. On this historic date, nurses will demand that Black Lives Matter.

City of Hope RNs said, “As nurses, we are called upon to serve and protect human lives as they experience their darkest moments. We care for those who are diagnosed with life threatening illnesses and stand firmly by their side to support them in their determination to survive. Our nature is to stand with those who fight to survive, and at this moment, Black people in America are fighting for their lives.

We are called to social and moral responsibility to stand firmly by those who are treated unjustly, and as such, it is our calling to stand together with the Black Lives Matter movement. We demand the end of tragic killing of Black men and women, as well as the dissolution of the social injustice they have endured for centuries. We, the nurses at City of Hope Medical Center, stand in solidarity for racial equality!

  • Who: RN members of CNA/NNU, COH nursing leadership, COH employees
  • What: Candlelight Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter
  • Where: City of Hope Medical Center | 1500 East Duarte Road | Duarte, CA 91010 | Pioneer Park (Park on Duarte Road between Village Rd and Hope Rd)
  • When: Friday, June 19, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM PT