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Thousands of nurses, health care workers hold national day of action to save lives

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As firsthand witnesses and actual victims during this COVID-19 crisis of a health care and economic system that prioritizes money over people, members of California Nurses Association (CNA) and the Caregiver and Health Care Employees Union (CHEU) who work as registered nurses, respiratory therapists, lab and other technicians, and in other health care capacities are holding on Aug. 5 more than 200 protests across the United States to demand that our elected leaders, government, and hospital employers take immediate action to save lives.

 See list of Los Angeles-area events below

 Nurses and fellow health care workers advocate for their patients at all levels. Inside hospital walls, they want employers to protect nurses, other health care workers, and patients by following proper infection control practices, which include providing optimal PPE and a safe workload of patients. Outside hospital walls, they want Congress to help struggling households by urgently passing legislation to extend COVID-19 economic benefits that expired in July, for our government to invest in the public health of our communities, and for a dismantling of the structural racism that prematurely and disproportionately ends the lives of Black, Indigenous, people of color—whether it is by COVID-19 or at the hands of police violence.

 Health care workers are demanding that the Senate pass the HEROES Act, a pending bill they are backing that would not only protect health care and other essential workers by ensuring domestic production of PPE through the Defense Production Act and by mandating that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration establish an emergency temporary standard on infectious diseases, but also provide desperately needed economic help in the form of cash payments, extended unemployment benefits, and daycare subsidies through the end of 2020 to families on the brink.

 “Our health care providers know that this country’s rampant social, economic, and racial injustice has been killing our patients all along. COVID-19 is just forcing us as a society to face these problems,” said Bonnie Castillo, RN and executive director of National Nurses United, of which CNA and CHEU are a part. “These recent COVID surges and uncontrolled infections and deaths, the failure of employers to protect our nurses and other workers, the outrageously high rates of unemployment and hunger, the totalitarian crackdown on protesters—every crisis we are seeing now can be traced back to our failure to value human lives over profit.”

 In Los Angeles, registered nurses and other health care worker colleagues see daily the prioritization of profits over patients through local hospitals’ management practices.

 Actions happening Aug. 5 in Los Angeles:

 

What:          Morning rally

When:         Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 6:30 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Where:        Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

                    Hospital main entrance

                   400 N. Pepper Avenue, Colton, CA 92324

Contact:     Yvette Lopez, (909) 224-6944

 

 

What:        Silent protest

When:       Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Where:      Southern California Hospital at Culver City

                  Outside main entrance of the facility

                  3828 Delmas Terrace, Culver City, CA 90231-2459

Contact:   Erik Macatuno, (562) 577-4668

 

 

What:        Informational picket

When:       Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Where:      Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital

                  Sidewalk leading to the main entrance

                  2011 N Soto St. Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9050

Contact:   Henry Soria, (702) 496-0922

 

 

What:        Silent protest

When:       Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Where:      Good Samaritan Hospital – Los Angeles

                  Sidewalk in front of the hospital at the entrance to the roundabout where the
PIH Health-Good Samaritan Hospital sign is (cross streets are Shatto and Witmer)

                  1225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Contact:    Margarita Gamino, (747) 228-8492   

 

What:        Informational picket

When:       Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Where:     St. Mary Medical Center Apple Valley

                 Sidewalk in front of hospital

                 18300 Highway 18, Apple Valley, CA 92307-0731

Contact:   Ian Selden, (707) 535-6747

 

 

What:        Joint press conference Kindred Baldwin Park & San Gabriel (CHEU)

When:       Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Where:      Kindred Baldwin Park

                  On the sidewalk in front of the main entrance to the hospital

                  14148 Francisquito Avenue, Baldwin Park, CA 91706

Contact:    Arin Rainone, (747) 228-8625

 

What:        Informational Picket (9am Press Conference)

When:       Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 8:30am – 9:30am

Where:      Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center

                  Main entrance on Sunset Blvd

                  4867 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Contact:   Jed Smith, (818) 636-2841   

 

What:        Informational Picket

When:        Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 9am – 11am

Where:       St. Bernardine Medical Center

                   In the front of the main entrance Sidewalk, 21 & Waterloo

                   2101 N. Waterman Avenue, San Bernardino    , CA 92404-4836

Contact:    Christa Indriolo, (818) 640-2567

 

What:        Informational Picket

When:       Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 10am    – 11am

Where:      Little Company of Mary Torrance

                 Sidewalk on Torrance Blvd

                 4101 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503-4607

Contact:   Denice Martin, (818) 731-1586

 

What:        Informational Picket

When:       Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 11am – 1pm

Where:      Hemet Valley Medical Center

                  Front sidewalk

                  1117 East Devonshire Avenue, Hemet, CA 92543-3083

Contact:    Raquel Ruiz, (747) 215-4243

 

What:        Informational Picket

When:       Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 11am – 1pm

Where:      Alhambra Hospital Medical Center

                  Sidewalk by front entrance

                 100 S. Raymond Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91801

Contact:   Casey Gin, (747) 215-4447

 

What:        Informational Picket

When:       Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 11am – 1:30pm

Where:      Kindred Hospital Westminster

                  200 Hospital Cir, Westminster, CA 92683 (off 21st street)

Contact:   Charles Jones, (747) 214-3984

 

“COVID has exposed everything that has been wrong with our system,” said Zenei Cortez, RN and a president of NNU. “The old way was a huge failure. Now is the time to reenvision a world based on nurses’ values of caring, compassion, and community.”

 

National Nurses United is the largest and fastest-growing union and professional association of registered nurses in the country, with more than 155,000 members nationwide.

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