Racial Justice Press Releases and Blog

Submitted by ADonahue on February 22, 2021
Nurses hold signs "Racism is a Public Health Crisis"

National Nurses United condemns ongoing racist attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

National Nurses United today voiced outrage at ongoing racist and xenophobic attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. NNU called for solidarity with AAPI communities, and a public commitment to solutions premised on ending structural racism and promoting social equity and healing.

National Nurses United
February 19, 2021

Nurses hold signs "Racism is a Public Health Crisis"

UCSF nurses and frontline workers to hold Friday candlelight vigil demanding justice for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and API communities

During the Covid-19 pandemic, nurses have seen firsthand how Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian Pacific Islander communities have been disproportionately harmed by lack of access to health services, exposure to the virus, lack of PPE, lack of testing, and economic peril due to historic racial disparities.

California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
October 29, 2020

Nurse holds sign "Breonna Taylor"

Nurses: Breonna Taylor decision a miscarriage of justice

National Nurses United today joins those across the nation seeking social justice in deploring the failure of a Kentucky grand jury to hold Louisville police officers accountable for the death of Breonna Taylor who was shot and killed in a mistaken late-night raid in March.

National Nurses United
September 24, 2020

Nurse hold signs "Black Lives Matter"

This Juneteenth, Celebrating Black Freedom Means Caring About Black Health

“I can’t breathe,” Gary Fowler told three different metro Detroit emergency departments, as he begged for a COVID-19 test. He was dismissed and turned away each time. On April 7, 2020, sitting up in a recliner because breathing was so difficult, he died at age 56.

Bonnie Castillo, Executive Director of National Nurses United
June 18, 2020

Nurses hold signs "Black Lives Matter"

Nurses: Protesters Are Our Patients. Stop Attacking Them

As we connect the lines, nurses can see that police violence against protesters spans calendar years, locations, and protest issues; it is ubiquitous. As advocates for public health and safety, we call for an end to this violence.

Bonnie Castillo, RN, opinion contributor for The Hill
June 15, 2020

Nurses hold signs "Racism is a Public Health Crisis"

What Algorithms Tell Us About Structural Racism in Health Care

A research study on a commercial computer program used to allocate health care resources on predicted future health care costs provided a window on the ongoing pervasive impact of structural racism in our nation’s health care system.

Bonnie Castillo, Executive Director of National Nurses United
October 29, 2019