Bonnie Castillo

Bonnie Castillo

Bonnie Castillo, RN is the executive director of National Nurses United. Follow her on Twitter: @NNUBonnie

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"Nurses understand the urgency of ending the disastrous policies and behavior of President Trump this November," writes Bonnie Castillo, executive director of National Nurses United. "But our work doesn't stop there; past the election, we will continue to mobilize and organize for the transformative social changes all workers, and patients, sorely need." (Photo: NNU/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, September 07, 2020
Trump Is a Health Hazard: The Choice Is Clear on Labor and Workers' Rights in November
There are many reasons nurses believe President Trump is hazardous to our health, from his abysmal failure to stop the spread of Covid-19 to his authoritarian behavior . But nurses know there's one issue that doesn't get nearly enough attention, although it impacts the health and safety of our...
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Friday, February 21, 2020
Bernie Sanders Best Represents Nurses' Values
On the eve of the Nevada caucuses, it’s a good time to restate why National Nurses United supports Sen. Bernie Sanders to be the Democratic candidate for President, best representing nurses’ values of caring, compassion and community. Sen. Sanders has tapped into a yearning of millions for a...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during an event to introduce Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act of 2017 on Capitol Hill on Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Views
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Medicare for All Will Take a Movement, Not a Politician
Let's start with the obvious: We know it's unusual for us to write this piece together. We are two Medicare for All movement leaders—one who endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders and one who endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren. Supporters of opposing campaigns, even within the same party, feel passionately...
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Biases, they added, are baked into the health care system, including discriminatory treatment by some white medical professionals, such as well documented "differential perceptions of black patients." (Photo: Alex Proimos/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
What Algorithms Tell Us About Structural Racism in Health Care
A research study on a commercial computer program used to allocate health care resources on predicted future health care costs provided a window on the ongoing pervasive impact of structural racism in our nation’s health care system. Moreover, the research published in Science magazine reinforced...
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We are impressed with the strength and resilience of the women of "the Squad." (Photo: National Nurses United) Views
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Nurses Stand in Solidarity With Congressional Women of Color
As a union that represents registered nurses who see the consequences of threats to the health and safety of our patients, National Nurses United (NNU) is alarmed and appalled at the rising tone of attacks on four inspiring women of color emanating from the White House and its supporters. NNU...
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Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Medicare for All Means Real Choice: One Health Card, Good Anywhere You Go
A new survey out this week is an important step forward to demolishing one of the principle talking points against Medicare for All. No doubt, you've heard this one: "People love their insurance! Under Medicare for All, you'll lose your private insurance and your doctor." Uh, no. A Morning Consult/...
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Medicare for All Is Coming... Because Even the "Insured" Are Not Safe in This For-Profit System
As the House Ways and Means Committee prepares to hold an influential hearing Wednesday on HR 1384, the Medicare for All bill authored by Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Debbie Dingell, with 112 House co-sponsors, news reports every day remind us of why the bill is so necessary. Just ask Caitlin and...
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We’ve never yet started a presidential election cycle with 70 percent of the American people supporting Medicare for All. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, February 07, 2019
2020 Candidates Will Have to Choose a Side—the Health Insurance Industry or the People
The 2020 election cycle has only just begun, and although no single leader has emerged from a pack of democratic contenders — an issue has certainly emerged, right out of the gate, as a standout in the race: Medicare for All . If the earliest campaign days are an indication of what’s to come, all...
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Thursday, June 28, 2018
A Dagger in the Heart of Workers and Our Democracy: What's Behind the Janus Court Ruling
The Supreme Court’s transparent effort to decapitate public sector unions in its 5-4 Janus vs. AFSCME decision on Wednesday places a wide swath of public health and safety protections in its crosshairs as well. By encouraging public workers to withdraw any financial support for the union’s...
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Monday, October 16, 2017
'The People of Puerto Rico Are Dying': Action Is Needed Now
Crowd funding. A Costco Card. The water in a nurse’s own backpack. These are the resources to which volunteer nurses on the ground in Puerto Rico—where 85 percent of the island is still without power and where the official death toll has risen to 48 (with the real toll expected to rise much higher...
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