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This post is one installment in an ongoing news series: a “living history” of the current national and international uprising for justice.

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New Orleans EMS creates Black Lives Matter pin

Dr. Marino explained that studies show visual cues can allow patients to know that they are with a provider they can trust.

WWL Staff, CBS 4 WWL, New Orleans

February 18, 2021

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EMS pin, photo credit: New Orleans EMS

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans EMS has created a custom pin to show support for the city’s Black community “in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and Black History Month…”

“Our Black Lives Matter pins are worn as a reminder to us and our patients that we are committed to providing compassionate, culturally sensitive, and socially equitable care,” Director of New Orleans EMS Dr. Emily Nichols said.

“Some People of Color in our community are also reluctant to call for help from EMS because they are afraid,” Marino said. This year we created the New Orleans EMS Black Lives Matter pins to show support to our patients who are People of Color in hopes of showing that we are allies.“

“We are first responders and members of our community. Whether in uniform or not, we dance in celebration with our people and stand in unison during hardship,” the pin’s announcement said. “We recognize the hardship that we are in at this time and the need to stand up, as we cannot be silent when it comes to the injustice that the Black community faces.”

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