Last updated on April 6, 2020
We’re Heartbroken! Nurses Are Dying!
Solidarity, Mike Hersh and Dr. Bill Honigman for Alan, Mike F., Dan, Donna, Janis, Deb, Bryan, and Kimberly—Your PDA National Team
We at Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) are heartbroken. Our dear friends at National Nurses United (NNU) are dying! As they reported via Medium:
“Frontline nurses fighting COVID19 continue to care for patients without protections. They are exposed, sidelined in quarantine, and sick. And now, nurses are dying. Last week, National Nurses United (NNU) lost our first registered nurses to COVID19.”
“We honor them, and sadly, we know that they won’t be the last. Our lost members have joined scores of nurses and health care workers forced to take critical risks without adequate protection during this crisis, a crisis fueled by corporate greed and government malfeasance.”
As is clear from this tragic announcement, recent “compromise” emergency response legislation falls far short of what we need to survive.
When healthcare professionals are getting sick and dying, it’s not just emotionally devastating. It also underscores the horrendous risks they and we all are facing, due to the continued failure of our elected officials to respond courageously or effectively. This despite widely understood facts about the pandemic and what we must do.
We urge you to keep yourself and other people safe during this pandemic. Self-quarantine and maintain safe social distance to help “flatten the curve.” Do all you can to limit the spread of the virus. But that isn’t enough.
We need immediate action by Congress and the White House to halt the spread of the Novel Coronavirus to nurses and other healthcare professionals. Right now—because of our leaders’ poor choices and flawed priorities—nurses, doctors, clinicians, and others on the front lines are dying.
This is because they aren’t getting the safety equipment they need. This poses an unconscionable and unnecessary risk both to healthcare professionals and to the public at large.
Contact your Senators and Representative via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.An operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.
== Here is a script and talking points ==
Hi, my name is (your name), and I’m a constituent from (your town/city and state). Thank you for passing previous legislation to address the pandemic. Unfortunately, that is not enough. Now, we need you to go much further.
I’m calling to ask (your elected official) to insist that the next COVID-19 relief bill contain full protections for frontline health workers, patients, and the public during this crisis—as is necessary to contain this pandemic. Specifically:
- The next legislation must include a mandate for issuance and strict enforcement of new comprehensive, stringent federal occupational safety and health standards to protect health care workers.
- The legislation must also appropriate at least $10 billion specifically to deliver effective respirators (like N95s) to nurses and other frontline healthcare professionals.
== End of script ==
PDA invites you to join us for a Healthcare Emergency online town hall / webinar TOMORROW Sunday, April 5th, 4-5pm ET, 1-2pm PT.
Dr. Bill Honigman and guest speakers will address your concerns and answer your questions about the Novel Coronavirus pandemic.
Find out what we’re doing in response to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, and how you can help. Please contact Mike Fox to RSVP to join TOMORROW’S Emergency Healthcare Webinar. You must RSVP. The access codes, phone numbers, etc. have changed.
Can’t make the call but still want to help our healthcare campaigns? Contact us and we’ll keep you as busy as you’d like to be.
Can’t volunteer? Then pitch in what you can to help finance our ongoing campaign for Medicare For All and other health policies we need to effectively respond to the pandemic, to promote an equitable economic recovery, and to upgrade our healthcare system.
Medicare For All (MFA) is a vital component of the comprehensive Green New Deal agenda.
To ensure our immediate and long-term survival, we need the Green New Deal—policies to create millions of new highly-paid sustainable jobs, to build critically-needed infrastructure, to eliminate household debt, and to enhance our social safety net.
We must also suspend ICE raids and mass incarceration, as well as restructure our economy and politics to respect and recognize the value of every person—not let the powerful oligarchs continue plundering and abusing the majority.
PDA is working with NNU and our other coalition partners to help. We’re organizing virtual town halls, press conferences, legislative briefings, national mobilization efforts, call-in days, media strategies, grassroots lobbying efforts, and more to gain support for the legislation we need. The pandemic presents unique challenges, but we shall overcome.
We need an empowered, progressive mass movement to demand the policies and government responses needed to save lives and rebuild our shattered economy. We need your active support to get there.
P.S.: Please remember to RSVP to Mike Fox to join our Healthcare Emergency Virtual Town Hall / Webinar TOMORROW, Sunday 4/5 from 4-5pm ET, 1-2pm PT. Mike will provide all the call-in information. Then, join PDA investing to enact Medicare For All and science-based, effective, emergency COVID-2019 response policies.
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