NYSNA Continues to Stand with Hurricane Victims

The last year has been a very difficult one for the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Caribbean, and the people are still trying to account for the toll.

Last week marked the one year anniversary of Maria and the people of Puerto Rico are still feeling the effects. We remember those lost and joined in activities in support of those affected.

First, we joined with several allies, including 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and TWU Local 100 at a solemn event hosted by Governor Cuomo, where the State of New York marked the day and stated its commitment to those affected by Hurricane Maria.

Later that evening, we gathered in Union Square, where NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, gave an impassioned speech stating the need not to forget those affected by natural disasters.

Advocates for the victims of these disasters continue to fight. At the U.N. General Assembly, protestors are memorializing the victims. This article speaks to those actions, as well as quoting NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, speaking against privatization. 

While NYSNA is pleased to hear that the State of New York is creating a memorial for the victims of Hurricane Maria and is pushing to make sure that our federal government does its job, we will not rest until all people affected by these disasters have achieved a just and meaningful recovery.

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