Zachary Levine, 301-628-5071
Keziah Proctor, 301-628-5197
Silver Spring, MD - On January 6, 2021, violent rioters stormed the United States Capitol building during the ratification of the 2020 Presidential election. The following statement is attributable to American Nurses Association (ANA) President Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN:
"The American Nurses Association (ANA) vehemently condemns the violent actions of the mob who stormed our nation’s Capitol yesterday. Nurses, who are members of Congress, as well as other elected officials and staff were put in harm’s way. It is disturbing that rioters appear to have easily overtaken the building, in glaring contrast to responses to protests and demonstrations for racial justice.
The activities that occurred have no place in our democracy and do not align with the peaceful transfer of power that is the hallmark of America recognized throughout the world. ANA calls on our nation's leaders to take a strong stand against these acts of insurrection and denounce the dangerous rhetoric that incites such violence.
We must come together to tackle these challenges and more forcibly address the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty and strain on our communities, nurses and other essential workers on the frontlines.”
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's 4.2 million registered nurses. ANA advances the profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all. For more information, visit www.nursingworld.org.