With its broad sweep, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us into an unprecedented national emergency. This emergency, however, results from a deeper and much longer term crisis – that of poverty and inequality, and of a society that ignores the needs of 140 million people who are poor or a $400 emergency away from being poor.
Right now, Congress is considering an influx of urgently needed money from the federal government—one TRILLION dollars. We need to bear witness and make sure that money gets to where it is most needed – extending fundamental needs like paid sick leave, health care and housing security to everyone.
We call on President Trump, Vice-President Pence and all Members of 116th Congress to fulfill their moral and constitutional responsibilities to the American people: join your voice to expand the emergency provisions and enact our Moral Agenda.
We cannot return to normal. Addressing the depth of the crises that have been revealed in this pandemic means enacting universal health care, expanding social welfare programs like SNAP and LIHEAP, ensuring access to water and sanitation, providing cash assistance to poor and low-wealth families, guaranteeing good jobs, living wages and an annual income. It means ensuring that our abundant national resources are used for the general welfare, instead of war, walls, and the wealthy.
Rev. Dr. Willam Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
Co-Chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
P.S. Join us for a live discussion Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 PT with MoveOn about a Moral Response to the dual crises of Pandemic and Poverty—we’ll be live at Facebook.com/MoveOn and Facebook.com/ANewPPC!
Demand COVID-19 protections for nurses
Dear NNU members and supporters,
My name is Cathy Kennedy. I have been a registered nurse for 40 years—at Kaiser in Roseville, California for 38 of those years. My facility is the hospital where the first COVID-19 patient in California died on March 4.
You would think that back in early February, when we nurses started asking management to communicate openly, and to give us the training, staffing, and personal protective equipment (PPE) that we need, they would have done all of the above. They did not. When that first patient died, they could have taken our requests seriously—but they did not.
Now, as we face an unprecedented crisis, we’re still fighting to get what we need to care for our patients safely. NNU members and supporters, we need your voice right now.
Kaiser Roseville nurses are not alone. From what we are hearing, nurses across the country are not getting the staffing, PPE, education, communication, and isolation rooms we need. And government agencies are not holding hospitals accountable for providing these things; the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently weakened its guidelines on infectious disease protections for health care workers–during a pandemic!
Our big fear is that hospitals will become disease vectors instead of centers of healing. And then who will care for our patients, when we nurses succumb to the disease or get sidelined?
Nurses face the unknown every day at work. So we are not afraid to care for our patients—if we have the protections we need to do our job. Nurses must stand united now, during COVID-19, as we demand to be protected, so that we can protect our patients and communities, in turn.
Cathy Kennedy, RN
Vice President, National Nurses United
Support Reverend Pinkney
October 4, 2014
Three political activists from Michigan are bringing an urgent message