( Remember these nurses from the campaign for governor? They are rallying again.)
Ventura County nurses will be demonstrating outside Rep. Elton Gallegly's office to show support for a tax on Wall Street transactions to fund job programs.
House Republicans have pushed many ideas to cut spending but I don't see much evidence of them working closely with Barack Obama to grow the economy. Anyone can propose ideas but to work with others to implement them is a much more important task.
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Nurses to converge on 60 Congressional offices in 21 states Sept. 1
Camarillo office of U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly to be targeted for action
The group which brought the popular "Queen Meg" to the California governor's race last year is back again with its own unique brand of political theater, this time as part of a nationwide effort. The California Nurses Association will be targeting U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly's office, 5051 Verdugo Way Suite 120, Camarillo, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 as part of a national day of action.
From Maine to California, nurses, joined by others fed up with the ongoing economic crisis, will call on members of Congress to support a tax on Wall Street financial speculation, a revenue source fast becoming an international norm, to pay for healing the nation.
Events -- from soup kitchens to help feed the hungry and homeless, to community speak outs to street theater -- are planned for cities across the country. For a list of all events, go to http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/pages/sept-1-event-list
Nurses will visit the home offices of Republicans and Democrats alike, with a common message. Every day Americans are hurting, and they need jobs, healthcare, housing, quality education, nutrition, and a secure retirement, not more cuts, as has been the obsession of Congress.
The RNs will be calling on their representatives to sign a pledge to support a Wall Street transaction tax that will raise sufficient revenue to make Wall Street pay for the devastation it has caused on Main Street.
All members of Congress sent a letter
The visits follow a letter sent by certified mail to all 535 members of the House and Senate asking them to back the pledge and help make the promise of the American dream a reality.
"A tax on Wall Street trading of stocks, bonds, derivatives, currencies, credit default swaps, and futures - the very financial speculative activity linked to the 2008 financial meltdown and resultant recession - could raise hundreds of billions of dollars to pay for the programs that are desperately needed to reduce the pain and suffering felt by so many families who feel abandoned in communities across this nation," said National Nurses United Co-President Deborah Burger, RN.
NNU, the nation's largest union and professional association of nurses, has convened numerous other protests in recent months joined by labor and community activists, including in Washington D.C., outside the headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and in New York City, across from the Stock Exchange, to advance this campaign.
"America's nurses see every day the broad declines in health and living standards that are a direct result of patients and families struggling with lack of jobs, un-payable medical bills, hunger and homelessness. We know where to find the resources to bring them hope and real solutions," said NNU Co-president Karen Higgins, RN.
"It's time for Wall Street financiers, who created this crisis and continue to hold so much of the nation's wealth, to start contributing to rebuild this country, and for the American people to reclaim our future," said NNU Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro.
That point was reinforced by University of Massachusetts economics professor Nancy Folbre in a New York Times blog, http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/22/a-sales-tax-on-wall-street-transactions/, in which she wrote:
"Purchases of stocks, bonds and other financial instruments in the United States go untaxed but for a tiny fee on stock trades that helps finance the Securities and Exchange Commission. In Britain, by contrast, a 0.5 percent tax on stock transactions raises about $40 billion a year. President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany recently announced plans to introduce a similar tax in the 27 nations of the European Community.
"Our current tax policies favor speculative investment in financial instruments over productive investments in human capabilities. This imbalance helps explain why nurses' unions in the United States have been particularly outspoken advocates of a financial transactions tax. As they put it: "Heal America. Tax Wall Street."