Washington D.C. June 2, 2020 - NOVA extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community of George Floyd, and to the larger Minneapolis and St. Paul community. Racism and discrimination have no place in our society. We join others in advocating for justice for George and for reforms that will help prevent tragedies like this from happening again. We earnestly implore you, our NOVA members, to be alert for hateful words and actions and to speak out against them, both as individuals and as NOVA nurses. Our language and our actions really do matter. We call on all VA nurses to join us in this effort to speak out against racism and hatred and to exemplify all the best that we know our country can be. We can only achieve this vision if we allwork together toward equality and denounce racism and violence in our society.