Grant, a nurse at the VA hospital in Washington, DC, is part of a delegation of 50 volunteer registered nurses from across the U.S. who are joining a unique, multi-union two-week disaster relief effort heading to Puerto Rico to provide medical aid in the wake of the ongoing humanitarian crisis following Hurricane Maria.
“I’ve never done anything like this before but nursing is a calling, the need is great and I wanted to help out,” said Grant, who’s a member of National Nurses United.
Lots on today’s labor calendar, from Your Rights At Work here on WPFW at 1p this afternoon, to “Democracy in Crisis” at the American Federation of Teachers at 3. Then tonight at 6, there’s the Farmworker Justice Wine & Jazz Reception at the AFL-CIO and at 7pm Montgomery County Council member Sidney Katz is holding a Minimum Wage Town Hall in Rockville.
Complete details, as always, dclabor.org, click on Calendar
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1945, a strike by set decorators turned into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California, when scabs tried to cross the picket line. The incident is still known as "Hollywood Black Friday" and "The Battle of Burbank."
Today’s labor quote is by Lech Walesa, from his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, which he won on this date in 1983. Lech Walesa, who said:
"We desire peace - and that is why we have never resorted to physical force.
We crave for justice - and that is why we are so persistent in the struggle for our rights.
We seek freedom of convictions - and that is why we have never attempted to enslave man's conscience nor shall we ever attempt to do so."