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ANA\California Statement June 2020

Racism - An Ongoing Public Health Crisis

Racism is a longstanding public health crisis in this country that needs our attention!

Discrimination impacts all aspects of life, including both mental and physical health, housing, education, employment, and the criminal justice system. As nurses, we are obligated by ANA's Code of Ethics to advocate against racism, discrimination, and injustice through honest policy changes, practices, and conversations. To remain silent is to be complicit.

We call on you to educate yourself and then use your trusted voice and influence to educate others about the systematic injustices that have caused the riots and protests covered in the news. Leaders must come together at the local, state, and national level and commit to sustainable dialogue with others to address racism and discrimination, police misconduct, and basic human rights. This pivotal moment calls for each of us to ask ourselves which side of history we want to be on and the legacy we wish to pass on to future generations.

"Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On behalf of ANA\C and Board of Directors,
Dr. Marketa Houskova, DNP, MAIA, BA, RN Executive Director

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