Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN

Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, MSN, FNP is the President of the 40,000 member New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), New York's largest nurses’ union. She's worked for more than 30 years as an Emergency Room RN in Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, as well as in a variety of other specialties in assorted health care environments. She is part of an active group of nurses engaged in transforming the organization into a social justice union, pledged to participate in uniting labor and community, in order to construct a movement dedicated to combat inequality and committed to social change.

"Only an activated, knowledgeable, and involved membership can make change happen. This is where YOU come in. Leaders are important, true, but it's the members who move mountains. Let's get going!"

A surprisingly large number of Americans believe that the future is predetermined. This is not the same as believing in a greater power — one that makes clear that “free will” plays a critical role in events.

“When will we go back to normal?” This is the question many schoolchildren are asking in New York, now that the rate of COVID infection and death plummets.

Nurses are traumatized. Whether we live in a region decimated by COVID-19, or live in fear of its deadly visit to our neighborhoods,

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the se

Two very important days just passed as we go to print: April 28 and May 1. Their significance cannot be understated in this current climate.

I write this, wiping away tears, confronting fears, at the nightmare that gets worse every day. One week feels like a year.

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.

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