by Duane Campbell
Some 80 Nurses and their union supporters boldly marched into the offices of Congressman Dan Lungren ( R. Sacramento) asking that he sign a pledge to support a Wall Street Transaction Tax on Sept.1, at his Gold River, California offices. Speakers from California Nurses Association, from Retired RNs, and from the Sacramento Central Labor council asserted that they were united by the harm being done to our society by the Great Recession, and demanded a response from the Congressman who was not in his office and could not be located.
On Sept 1, 10,000 nurses and community participants joined actions in 21 states Thursday demanding action on the economic crisis to heal America. They called on senators and Congress members in their local district offices around the nation on Thursday to 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.” National Nurses United, the largest U.S. union of nurses, sponsored the actions. Unions, labor councils, DSA, Jobs with Justice and other groups joined in solidarity with the nurses union.
American families are hurting, and they need jobs, healthcare, housing, quality education, nutrition, and a secure retirement. The RNs and their allies called on Congress members 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.” The visits follow a letter sent by certified mail to all 535 members of the House and Senate last week 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,” says NNU Co-President Deborah Burger, RN.
“ 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,” says NNU Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro.
Filed under: Conferences and Events, Economy, Health Care, Politics, Solidarity Tagged: | AFL–CIO, California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, Dan Lungren, National Nurses United, Wall Street