National Black Nurses Association Relocates Annual Conference from Florida to San Francisco, Citing Racial Concerns


FILE - Law enforcement officials continue their investigation at a Dollar General Store that was the scene of a mass shooting, Aug. 27, 2023, in Jacksonville, Fla. Family members of three Black people who were fatally shot this summer inside the Dollar General store by a shooter who had posted racist writings sued the store's owner, operator and security contractor on Monday, Dec. 4, for negligence, claiming lax security led to their loved ones' deaths. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
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The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) has made the decision to move its annual conference from Hollywood, Florida, to San Francisco due to what it describes as a deeply troubling and racially charged atmosphere in Florida. 

In a statement, the NBNA cited the enactment of anti-Black policies and laws that undermine Black history, as well as restrictions placed on diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools.

FILE – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at an annual leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition on Nov. 19, 2022, in Las Vegas. DeSantis reiterated Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, that the state’s rejection of a proposed nationwide advanced African American studies course, saying it pushes a political agenda — something three authors cited in the state’s criticism accused him of doing in return. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

The organization also referenced the NAACP’s travel ban and highlighted the tragic and racially motivated murders of three innocent Black Americans in Jacksonville, Florida, as contributing factors to the hostile and unsafe environment in the state. 

According to reports from Bay Area station KTVU, the NBNA conducted a survey among its members before finalizing the decision to relocate the conference.

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