Nurses to Converge on 60 Congressional Offices in 21 States Sept. 1 to Call for Tax on Wall Street to Heal America

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RNs to sponsor soup kitchens, food pantries, speak outs on the need for jobs, healthcare, education, housing – and outline the RN plan on how to pay for it.

Local actions planned for San Diego include a freeway overpass flash mob and soup line.

From Maine to California, nurses, joined by others fed up with the ongoing economic crisis, will call on Congress members in their local district offices Sept. 1 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 from major urban centers like Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Orlando, to smaller cities and towns, such as Corpus Christi, Texas, Marquette, Mich., Bakersfield, Calif., Dayton, Ohio, and Worcester, Mass. National Nurses United is sponsoring the actions.

NNU protest on Wall Street in June

Nurses will visit the home offices of Republicans and Democrats alike, with a common message. Everyday 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 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.”

San Diego-area events

San Diego

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For a list of nationwide actions, see the National Nurses United website.

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avatar Ola August 30, 2011 at 5:53 am

I can appreciate our efforts, but please read about Sweden trying this tax for a few years and achieving net negative revenue. The Canadian government and The Independent Budget Office of New York City have conducted extensive research and find transaction taxes to cause net negative revenue, and substantial economic and job losses. What about pensions and other retirement? The tax will cause competition to decrease and the bid-ask spread and broker fees to increase. The cost of the tax, increased spread, increased fees, etc will cost more than 2 percent yield loss every year. Using a financial calculator, over a working lifetime, a person’s retirement account will be reduced by one half in a best case scenario.

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