Call to Action: Join a March Against Migrant Detention Camps in Washington DC October 19, 2019

Information provided by Jane Hopkins Walsh

A group named Doctors for Camp Closure (D4CC) is organizing a protest march in Washington DC on October 19, 2019 to petition congress to act on behalf of migrant people imprisoned in unsafe and inhumane conditions in detention camps. This grassroots coalition appears to lack significant nursing representation. I blog today to invite concerned nurses to join the physicians and medical students, who have come together to form D4CC to protest against continued human rights violations of refugees and asylum seekers. D4CC is collecting signatures and will march to physically present them to congress on October 19th. Please consider joining the protest march and also signing the petition. Everyone is invited to march – not just doctors and nurses.

Over the past years, many of us as concerned nurses, have asked ourselves and each other how we can organize to protest the detention of refugees and asylum seekers. Several Radical Nurse blog posts have addressed the unjust and inhumane practices of detaining immigrant people and families, and of separating children from their parents. Thousands of children and families are still imprisoned- detained under conditions that are contributing to suffering, illness, and preventable deaths, and causing irreversible trauma for refugees that have already experienced tremendous hardships.

recent policy decision from US officials not to vaccinate detained immigrant people against influenza is especially cruel. As the globe braces for a particularly bad flu season, this dangerous government mandate is expected to cause serious illness and death among detainees who are imprisoned in extremely overcroweded conditions. I cannot, we cannot, sit passively by and watch this unfold.

Collectively building relationships to join together for a common cause are basic principles of grass roots organizing. Groups intersecting and forming coalitions are powerful strategic tools used to create social change. I urge you to join D4CC to ensure that nursing has a strong presence in this important protest. I envision a group renamed: Doctors and Nurses for Camp Closure. Please join me. Sign the petition today. Come to DC on October 19th.

The future depends on what you do today ~~Mahatma Gandhi

Jane Hopkins Walsh is a Spanish speaking pediatric nurse practitioner at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is a PhD Candidate in Nursing and Jonas-Blaustein Scholar at Boston College. She is enrolled in a certificate program at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at the BC Lynch School of Education.

Jane is a volunteer and board member for the longest-serving NGO in Honduras called Cape CARES ( Jane is passionate about social justice and immigrant rights and volunteers for Project Reunify (, the Dilley Pro Bono Project ( and The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law  (


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Act now to participate: a protest quilt honoring refugee children who have died seeking asylum

Announced today on the Radical Nurses website!

Jane Hopkins Walsh just announced a quick call to activism, and a way to participate in the Augusta, GA Nursing Activism Think Tank whether you can be there or not!  Jane is making a protest quilt in honor of the refugee children who have died while seeking asylum since 2016.

Please send Jane 12 by 12 inch pieces of fabric by July 5, 2019. You can send plain fabric or write a message or phrase in sharpie pen.

This will be a drifting, community-based, international activism project. Message Jess Dillard-Wright for the exact address for sending fabric

2019 Nursing Activism Think Tank just around the corner!

Yes!  July 13 -14, 2019 activist nurses will gather in Augusta, Georgia  – focused on Activism and the Art of Nursing!  This think tank is hosted by Jessica Dillard-Wright and Vanessa Shields-Haas – and you can see more information on the Radical Nurses Website here!  The format for 2019 is similar to our 2018 Think Tank .. it will be two days of reflection, discussion, exploration and connection to inspire activism with other nurses, and to move into action together as nurses!

Use this form to sign up and stay in the loop!

Improving Student Wellness by Understanding Microaggressions

Piri Ackermann-Barger, who is working with other Nursemanifesters on projects to promote civility in nursing, is presenting a webinar “Improving Student Wellness by Understanding Microaggressions” on April 9, 2019 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET.  This webinar is sponsored by the nursing Campaign for Action – the nation-wide initiative to put into place the “Future of Nursing” recommendations issued in 2012.

Piri is an assistant clinical professor at the University of California Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and co-director of the Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce and the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program, both at UC Davis. She is also an adviser on diversity issues for the Campaign for Action.

Visit the Campaign for Action website to learn more and to register for this event!  There is no cost, but you need to register to attend!

Public session of the Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030

The Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 will be holding a public session onWednesday, March 20, 2019, from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM ET, online and at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, DC.

This committee has been tasked by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to extend the vision for the nursing profession into 2030 and to chart a path for the nursing profession to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century.

Through the course of the study, the committee will meet several times. This public session is one of the many processes that the committee will use to gather information and assemble evidence that members will examine and discuss in the course of making the committee’s findings, conclusions, and recommendations. The focus of this public session is for the committee to clarify the scope of the charge with the study sponsor and initiate the process of gathering relevant information related to the study. Future public sessions will focus on specific topic areas and be conducted in other locations.

This public session will be accessible via webinar and in-person attendance (seating is limited).

Please register online by 12pm ET on March 20, 2019, to receive an email with the instructions on how to join this public session.

More information about the study can be found here.

What: Public session of the Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030
When: March 20, 2019, from 1:30pm to 4:00 pm ET
Where: Online and in person at National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418
How: Click here to register online by 12 pm ET on March 20, 2019

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