CNSA Stands with Black Lives Matter

CNSA Stands With Black Lives Matter

In light of current events concerning the alarming deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, the CNSA Board of Directors is standing in solidarity with the Black community and the Black Lives Matter movement. The nursing profession has a duty to uphold the values that are outlined in the American Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics. This includes advocacy against discrimination, racism, and injustices, and extends beyond the bedside.

We also stand in support of those who are exercising their First Amendment rights to condemn police brutality and the institutionalized racism that is rampant in our country.

We would like to provide the following resources to those who choose to join demonstrations.

If you are unable to be on the front lines, here is a list of ways to be involved in advocacy from home.

  • Be active, supportive, and advocate by posting information to social media.
  • If you are creative and artistic you can make signs to put up or for others to bring to
  • protests.
  • Help clean up after protests. Bring your own trash bags and gloves.
  • Read books, listen to podcasts, watch TV shows and films to continue to learn about
  • systemic racism and oppression. Do the research and educate yourself and others.
  • Sign petitions, contact your legislators and/or take other actions of advocacy for changes in policy surrounding this issue
  • Register to Vote 

If you are in a position to make monetary donations please consider donating to one of the following organizations in the links below. This list is not exhaustive, but a starting point.
https://linktr.ee/BLMxUNCMMN
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

  • Black Visions Collective
    • https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
    • “Through the development of powerful strategic campaigns, we seek to expand the power of Black people across the Twin Cities metro area and Minnesota” (Black Visions Collective, 2020).
  • National Bail Out
    • www.nationalbailout.org
    • Organization that pays bail for black mothers, caregivers, and community members. Also provides support and resource groups to those who “are organizing to transform the criminal justice system” (National Bail Out, 2020).
  • Bail Project
    • https://bailproject.org/
    • The Bail Project pays bail for those in need. Donations “can be recycled and reused to pay bail two to three times per year, maximizing the impact of every dollar. 100% of online donations are used to bring people home” (Bail Project, 2020).
  • Campaign Zero
    • https://www.joincampaignzero.org/
    • “Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide. (Campaign Zero, 2020).
  • The Innocence Project
    • https://www.innocenceproject.org/
    • The Innocence Project strives to “exonerate the innocent through DNA testing and reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice” (The Innocence Project, 2020).

Sincerely,

2019-2020 CNSA Board of Directors