Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN

The history of the United States can be told in many ways. It depends upon where one sits in the social structures of our society.

History has an uncanny way of repeating itself, but not always in ways we expect.

We live in a world besieged by violence. While humans are genetically predisposed to engage in aggressive behaviors to survive, other forms of aggression are not “natural” human qualities.

Good afternoon Fearless Youth Warriors!

I offer you the love, admiration and commitment that we, the 42,000 members of the New York State Nurses Association bring to this historic event.

We see it happen throughout history. When people have had enough, it takes only a spark to ignite the flame of mass resistance.

If you’ve been a member of NYSNA for fewer than eight years, you may not know our unique history. In 2011, an insurgent slate won a majority of seats on the Board of Directors.

With the 2020 presidential campaign underway and Medicare for All once again a possibility, NYSNA has lost a dedicated ally and friend in the long fight for affordable healthcare.

As I write this, thousands of nurses in New York are taking strike votes. Thousands more are struggling with impossible patient loads.

For me, an area of moral clarity is: you’re in front of someone who’s suffering and you have the tools at your disposal to alleviate that suffering or even eradicate it, and you act.

In a variety of locations throughout the state, local bargaining units are negotiating contracts with employers who show little empathy for us, for patients or for conditions in our communities.

No one can argue against how precious our children are to us: as parents, as families and as a society. All animal species develop elaborate plans to protect their young.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Over 80 years ago, newly elected President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stated the above—now a well-known cliché.

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