Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds was among the Republican Governors who refused to follow CDC guidelines. Iowa suffered among the highest positivity rates of COVID infection.
The following link from the story in the Des Moines Register has great photos and the story of the event.
I’m sorry I missed this event Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in honor of those who have died from COVID-19. The following story is from my friends at the Great Plains Action Society.
My friend Trisha Etringer is quoted below. She has worked to get personal protective equipment to those who didn’t have it in Sioux City. I saw a video of her doing that on her birthday!
Trisha Etringer (Ho-Chunk), Great Plains Action Society, read a powerful speech as people gather on the steps of the Iowa State Capitol to speak, lay flowers and ring bells in honor of those who have died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 9. This action was a coalition effort with organizations across the state.Christine Nobiss
Yesterday at 1:23 PM · Trisha Etringer (Ho-Chunk), Great Plains Action Society, read a powerful speech as people gather on the steps of the Iowa State Capitol to speak, lay flowers and ring bells in honor of those who have died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 9. This action was a coalition effort with organizations across the state. She concluded by saying,
“Governor Kim Reynolds – you had a choice to protect and save lives. You’ve pledged to be pro-life. However, when it concerns communities of color during this pandemic, you did just the opposite. You never enforced an adequate COVID-19 response such as a strict stay-at-home order, mask mandate, and proper testing. AND you continuously defied medical advice!
You left it up to Iowans to choose for themselves without giving any special consideration to how that affected BIPOC communities and elderly folks. You proudly claim to be pro-life, but are you really? What about the heart beats of those members of society? What about the countless medical workers who worked overtime while risking their personal lives and sacrificing their mental and physical health because you failed to follow what science has proven in the past?
Governor Kim Reynolds, If you are pro-life, then act accordingly. Otherwise, get the hell out and let someone else do the job.”