NEW YORK NURSE: March/April 2012
The HHC Executive Council unanimously passed a resolution in honor of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old African-American high schooler murdered by a member of the neighborhood watch in Sanford, Fla.
Florida officials still have not pressed charges against Martin's killer.
The members at the council expressed their outrage at this tragic murder—and all violence motivated by race.
WHEREAS, the role of nurses in society is to advocate for the health of the communities in which we serve, and
WHEREAS violence, and specifically racially motivated violence, constitute a particularly egregious threat to urban communities across the United States, and
WHEREAS we, as nurses and human beings, have been outraged by the killing of Trayvon Martin, simply for being Black in a white neighborhood and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, and
WHEREAS the communities in which we serve, as Registered Nurses for the Health and Hospital Corporation in New York City, are also victims of racially motivated violence and harassment, often perpetuated by the New York City Police Department, which has been exposed once again by the killing of Ramarley Graham in the Bronx, now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, that we, as Registered Nurses for the Health and Hospital Corporation in New York City, support the families of Trayvon Martin and Ramarley Graham in their fight for justice, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that through our union the New York State Nurses Association, we will help mobilize support for this struggle by supporting and publicizing petitions, rallies, and other events involved in redressing these injustices.