Row Upon Row Of Empty Shoes Outside White House

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Above photo: Members of National Nurses United stand in protest among empty shoes representing nurses who have died from Covid-19 in Lafayette Park across from the White House May 07, 2020. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Nurses Honor Covid-19’s Frontline Victims.

“Who will care for our patients when we get sick?”

National Nurses United held a vigil in front of President Donald Trump’s White House on Thursday, a remembrance for 88 nurses—represented by solemn rows of empty whites shoes—who have died so far from the coronavirus as the pandemic continues to rage across the U.S. amid the president’s continued mismanagement.

“Who will care for our patients when we get sick?” tweeted NNU executive director Bonnie Castillo.

The demonstrators used 88 empty pairs of shoes to represent the fallen nurses in what Castillo termed a “moving and powerful protest.”

“It’s a matter of life and death,” she said.

As Common Dreams has reported, pleas from healthcare workers for personal protective equipment (PPE) and aid have largely gone unanswered as the outbreak continues to spread around the nation.

In a press release issued Thursday, NNU demanded that Congress and the White House prioritize frontline workers in the next stage of coronavirus legislation.

“The next Covid-19 relief package is being discussed and finalized, and we are demanding that senators include critical protections to keep nurses safe in the bill,” the group said.

Watch video of the demonstration:

  • Richard

    What the heck is wrong with the American people? Are they stupid, gullible, ignorant beyond belief, etc? If your government and even state government does not give a damn about doctors, nurses, first responder’s, and health care professionals do you really think that they think any more highly of common citizens? The government and states have been showing their true colors for decades now and the people just keep grazing like nothing is happening and all is good in the world. Makes one ashamed to be an American these days.

  • John R.

    Regarding your question about the American people “Are they stupid, gullible, ignorant beyond belief, . . . ?” From my POV they are indeed more than stupid, gullible and ignorant beyond belief. However, I am not ashamed to be an informed American that consciously chooses to not go along with the false narratives and myths we all hear from youth to old age.