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Nurses Rally Around the Country -- and in France -- in Support of Financial Solutions to Help the 99%

 
 
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National Nurses United held a day of action yesterday in support of a 0.5% financial transactions tax on Wall Street trading -- a solution that "would generate $350 billion a year in the U.S. alone and bring relief to families out of homes, friends out of work, patients out of care, communities running out of time," according to NNU co-president Karen Higgins.

An estimated 2,000 nurses in Washington, D.C., were joined by supporters from the labor movement, the Occupy movement, and Oxfam, as well as Ralph Nader, who spoke to the crowd.

Here's more information on this week's protests, via NNU:

[Washington] Marchers paused to see a parade of three “bankers” carrying mock golden parachutes and a contingent of nurses from Massachusetts spelling a message with individual letters: “HEAL AMERICA, TAX TIMMY’S FRIENDS,” a reference to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who has lobbied here and abroad to block a finance tax. 

At the G-20 Summit in Cannes, France, where on Tuesday nurses from four continents joined 100,000 marchers protesting G-20 austerity measures, NNU furthered its calls for a global finance tax....A skit at the Cannes conference had nurses “injecting an FTT” to resuscitate an ailing global economy.  Sheila Dickson, president of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization, explained, “In Ireland, reckless behavior by reckless financiers is hurting our people"....

In Los Angeles, hundreds of nurses were joined by Occupy LA, marching through the financial district.   And in San Francisco, Occupy SF, labor unions and community groups joined NNU affiliate California Nurses Association in rallies at bank offices and in front of the Federal Reserve. 

The group also delivered a petition signed by over 320,000 financial transaction tax supporters to the Senate Finance Committee.

Here are photos of the actions via NNU's Flickr page:

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 4, 2011, 5:59am

 
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