Nurses Condemn Chicago Mayor Emanuel for Arrest Of Nurses, Medical Volunteers at Occupy Chicago

NNU first aid station in Chicago just before the arrests Saturday night

RNs to Picket Mayor’s Office Monday 24 October at 10 am

Registered nurses from across the USA condemned Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his decision to arrest nurse volunteers, as well as peaceful protesters, in a late night crackdown Saturday night at the Occupy Chicago protest.

The National Nurses Union (NNU) is asking supporters to call Mayor Emanuel’s office at 312-744-5000 and demand they immediately drop all charges against the nurses and other protesters, and stop the harassment and arrests of the nurses and others peacefully exercising their free speech rights. Nurses will also picket the mayor’s office at 10 a.m. Monday morning, at City Hall at the LaSalle entrance.

Nurse leaders of National Nurses United who set up a nurses’ station to provide basic first aid to Chicago protesters – as NNU has done peacefully in five other cities across the U.S. – were among the some 130 people arrested by Chicago police. The police also tore down the first aid station, and arrested scores of others who had peacefully assembled to support the station.

“Even in wartime, combatants respect the work of nurses and other first responders. Yet Mayor Emanuel and Chicago seem to care as little about that tradition as they do in protecting the constitutional rights of free speech and assembly.” said NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro. “These arrests are disgraceful and unconscionable, and will not deter our nurses from continuing this mission, setting up the station again, and continuing to support the protests.”

Emanuel has been perhaps the most aggressive mayor in the nation in repression of the Occupy Wall Street movement with mass arrests on at least two occasions now. The Chicago Tribune Saturday reported that city officials are trying to send a message to world leaders of being “tough” on demonstrators in advance of upcoming meetings of G-8 and NATO leaders in May.

“Instead of showing off for world leaders, and paying allegiance to protecting the economic interests of the top 1 percent, Mayor Emanuel should stop, and start representing the 99 percent, the people for whom the occupy movement has become a clear voice,” DeMoro said.

NNU also has first aid stations now established at occupy protests in New York’s Zuccotti Park, site of the first Occupy Wall Street protests, Los Angeles, Washington, San Francisco, and Detroit, and will be opening up others in coming days.

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4 Responses

  1. [...] of Chicago I honestly can’t say that much of his style has changed. We see this in the way he’s repressed the Occupy Chicago protests probably channeling Mayor Daley of 1968 in the process. Emanuel has been perhaps the most [...]

  2. May it not be said, ‘As Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel does, so will …’

    Just before the SD Police began brutalizing and macing Occupy San Diego supporters A few days ago at San Diego Civic Center, Police Chief Landsdowne was caught on U-Tube saying, “I’ll-tell-ya-what, back in the 60’s we’d-a-gone wading into that with sticks and clubs, uh huh yeah, that’s exactly what would’a happen… Yeah, well, this is a new world…”

    Today, Sun. afternoon was more peaceful, but Occupy SD has been ordered to remove all tents , except one, from Civic Center. Early this PM CNU was to setup a tent to serve the needs of those present, but weren’t there when DSA participated; although, still expected this evening.

    See and hear him here… youtube.com/user/southbayorgan­iccoop

  3. This is typical of what we’re seeing in the UK as well. Workers rights are being eroded accross the board and local Government are amongst the worse offenders.

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