Inspiration for Activism
- Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 4th district. In office January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2015.
- Tireless advocate for gun control
- Pursued legislation benefiting the elderly, including hearing loss detection, prevention & treatment, pushing for affordable hearing devices for all.
- Fought for special education and health services for children
- Always stated in interviews: “I am a nurse and I look at the issues from a nursing perspective.
See the recent policy statement on gun violence from the American Academy of Nursing
This is one of those situations that brings great joy and great sadness at the same time! We are almost to our capacity of 50 nurses who are planning, or hoping to participate in the Nursing Activism Think Tank in July, and once we reach that number we will have to start a waiting list. The great joy is that so many nurses are coming forward to declare that activism in nursing is alive and well – just knowing that this is true is an inspiration! The great sadness is that our capacity is limited for a face-to-face gathering such as this.
We will continue to encourage people to complete the interest form and will let people know the status of your “place” on the list. All confirmations will be finalized by May 1st.
We will continue to explore ways to support nursing activism – it may be possible to organize other similar face-to-face gatherings. In fact we hope by organizing this gathering we inspire others to do the same! If you are interested in doing something similar in the future, let us know – we will do what we can to support what you envision! We will also share, on this website, what we learn from the July Think Tank! So stay tuned!
#3 “Inspiration for Activism”
- Canadian nursing activist
- Appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada (1998) for her tireless work in advocating for adequate and affordable housing and in its absence, advocacy for safe and sufficient shelters for homeless people
- Co-founded (1998) with other social justice advocates, the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC), which equated homeless, a social disaster, with natural disasters
- Co-founder of Nurses for Social Responsibility and co-editor of its magazine “Towards Justice in Health”
- Wrote 2 books and participated in numerous documentary films about homelessness
- Put forward a number of resolutions to professional nursing organizations, urging them to take action on a variety of social injustices witnessed by nurses who care for homeless and disenfranchised people
- Speaks truth to power – policy makers, newsmakers
Visit Cathy’s website more information
We are thrilled and amazed at the response so far to our Nursing Think Tank invitation! We initially envisioned a “small group” – perhaps a dozen! But clearly, we were wrong! So here is an update for everyone who is interested in this project, whether you can participate in person or not! If you have not yet read through the initial invitation, please do before you read the rest of this post! Also notice that there is a “Nursing Activism Think Tank” menu on the right sidebar of all NurseManifest pages, with links to everything related to this project! Here are the latest tidbits, including how you can be involved if you can’t participate, and how to make sure you are all set to participate if you can!
- We may need to limit the number of participants to about 50; once we reach that number we will develop a waiting list, with preliminary confirmation by May 1, and final confirmation by July 1. If this is necessary, we will organize the “cut off” on a “first come” basis.
- The way to get on the “participant list” is to complete the “Interest form.” This is not a “registration” in the traditional sense – it is what we say it is – your declaration of interest in attending and how certain you feel now about being able to be there! There are several options to indicate how certain you are about being able to actually attend – so even if you have reservations about whether or not you can do this, but you are interested in doing so, send us your interest form as soon as possible.
- We are inviting people who can to donate to a fund to help nurses who might not be able to participate without some financial assistance – so if you can donate, please do! Of course we have a form for this, and you can use any major credit card.
- If you want to participate but money is an issue, there is a place on the interest form to let us know! We will divide up the donation fund among everyone who needs assistance, and will let everyone know how this is going to work out by May 1. We are not “judging” financial need or merit – if you tell us you need assistance, you are on the list!
- Speaking of “sponsorship” – we gratefully acknowledge the University of Amherst College of Nursing – they are generously providing the space for our gathering at no cost! We will post more information about the exact location closer to the date, but rest assured that the College and the University will be a terrific site, and will do all they can to help us make this event a big success!
- We will be sending periodic detailed information to everyone who indicates your interest – including information about the other people interested in participating in your region, so that you can arrange car pools or connect for any other reason. For those arriving at either Hartford-Springfield or Boston Logan airport, we will facilitate transportation to Amherst; there may be a fee involved for this but we will help make this as affordable as possible.
- Follow this blog to have updates delivered to your email inbox – and also to keep pace with the “Inspiration for Activism” series that we are posting between now and the end of July. If you have a nurse activist to suggest, please use our form to send us the information we need.
- Most important – still have questions? Let us know! Use our contact form for the Nursing Activism Think Tank