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  1. Twelve-hour shifts treating the sickest coronavirus patients, with nothing to protect you but a used mask.

    These are the conditions that nurses and other frontline health care workers across the country face right now. In fact, some nurses are so desperate that they’ve been forced to turn to diapers, swim goggles, and trash bags to cobble together their own “protective” equipment. These terrible conditions and desperate measures are all because of corporate lobbyists.1,2

    That’s right. Some of the richest corporations in the world are actively blocking production of vital supplies for hospitals like ventilators, gloves, and masks because they claim it’s bad for business.2

    Donald Trump has the power under the Defense Production Act to order an increase in production of critical supplies, but he has refused because of lobbying from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, whose members include massive corporations like Walmart, Bayer, Wells Fargo, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Uber.2 Two of the biggest makers of the N95 masks that nurses need–3M and Honeywell–both have seats on the board of the Chamber of Commerce, likely playing a key role in the Chamber choosing to lobby against the Defense Production Act.3

    Trump has used the Defense Production Act hundreds of thousands of times during his presidency– to build drones, missiles, and even armor for immigration agents. Yet when nearly 100,000 Americans have died so far from COVID-19, he would rather do his corporate friends a favor than use it to order the production of life-saving equipment.4

    Many members of the Chamber of Commerce rely on their reputations to attract customers and earn a profit–and that’s even more important to them during an economic downturn. That means that we, as consumers and workers, have the power to push these companies to stop fighting against the Defense Production Act.

    Can you support nurses by sending a message to corporate leaders demanding that they start supporting the use of the Defense Production Act for producing critical supplies like masks, gloves, and ventilators?

    Facebook, Uber, Target, and other corporate leaders: Blocking production of critical supplies including masks, gloves, and ventilators is wrong.
    Sign the petition

    Nearly 10,000 health care workers have contracted COVID-19 so far, and experts say the numbers of health care worker deaths from COVID-19 is far higher than we can adequately track.5

    And it’s worse for women and people of color–the people most impacted by the coronavirus crisis. Women and people of color are more likely to be essential workers and already experience discrimination when it comes to getting access to healthcare. A Black nurse in Detroit, Michigan died after contracting COVID-19 at work and getting turned away four times from treatment at the same hospital where she worked.6

    Trump has claimed since March that these massive corporations would simply step up to fill the need but, with health care workers literally begging for protective equipment, it’s clear that hasn’t happened.

    Trump even told states to buy ventilators and other medical supplies on the open market. We all know how hard it’s been to find affordable hand sanitizer or toilet paper, now imagine hospitals competing for a limited quantity of medical supplies. Medical masks that usually cost $.58 jumped to $7.50 and the price of gloves tripled.7

    Corporations like Facebook, Target, and Uber are standing in the way of getting protective equipment to nurses and other frontline health care workers. Send a message to corporate leaders demanding that they support nurses.

    Thanks for speaking out!

    –Shaunna, Kat, Kathy, Anathea, Melody, Lindsay, Pam, Sonja, Kimberly, Maria, Elisa, and Katie, the UltraViolet team

    P.S. For the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus, visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

    Sources:

    1. Begging for Thermometers, Body Bags, and Gowns: U.S. Health Care Workers Are Dangerously Ill-Equipped to Fight COVID-19, Time, April 20, 2020

    2. Trump Refused to Order Coronavirus Supplies Because Big Business Complained, New York Magazine, March 23, 2020

    3. Unmasked: The Corporations Backing a Lobbying Campaign Against the Use of the Defense Production Act, Public Accountability Initiative, April 16, 2020

    4. Wartime Production Law Has Been Used Routinely, but Not With Coronavirus, The New York Times, March 31, 2020

    5. Coronavirus is killing far more US health workers than official data suggests, The Guardian, April 15, 2020

    6. Black Nurse In Detroit Dies From COVID-19 After Being Turned Away From Hospital 4 Times, Blavity, April 23, 2020

    7. For New York, 58-Cent Medical Masks Now Priced at $7.50 Each, Bloomberg, March 24, 2020

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