Filipino nurses make up 4% of registered nurses in the US, but counted for 24% of COVID-related nurse deaths. Today's action is to read this article about the historical exploitation of Filipino health care workers in the US, as well as the complicated relationship between nursing in the Philippines and US Imperialism. From the article: “These physicians and nurses work in communities with workers that are the essential workers who don’t have these white-collar protections. And they’re working in hospitals that don’t have all the equipment,” says Eram Alam an assistant professor in the history of medicine at Harvard University. “All of these things are working together, and I think all of these things are suggestive of who is considered to be disposable in the United States.”
Note: while the end of the article cites an additional possible reason of Filipino nurses going above and beyond to care for patients as part of their culture, they deserve the same protections as all other healthcare workers.