The protests were organized Dr. Matthew S. Schechter, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Oakland Medical Center, who sent an email Tuesday to health care managers within the Kaiser system describing the action as a grassroots event.
“We are a group of physicians in the East Bay outraged by the prejudice, racism and violence expressed towards black individuals in our country,” he said, citing the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd.
More than 100 medical care workers wearing white coats gathered at Moswood Park in Oakland, many holding signs in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, where they kneeled in silence for 9 minutes at 1 p.m., according to multiple media reports.
Kaiser employees also staged similar protests near hospitals in Alameda, Pinole and Richmond.
“We believe that if our mission is to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve, we must be vocal and visible and stand in solidarity with the black community,” Schechter said.
He sent out another message before the protests on Wednesday stating, “To be clear, this is not a Kaiser Permanente sponsored event.”
Kaiser management did not respond to The Chronicle’s request to comment on the action.
Aidin Vaziri is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: email@example.com