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We Need a Real Economy

We Need a Real Economy

“We have to have an economy – a real economy. What do we have now?” asked RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United. ‘Poverty a crime against humanity in the world’s richest country’. Watch and share “Vision for a New America” on the C-SPAN website, and tell the president #PovertyMustEnd. More »

It’s Up to All of Us to Protect Social Security

It’s Up to All of Us to Protect Social Security

“One thing I know. Social Security is so firmly embedded in the American psychology today that no politician, no political group could possibly destroy this Act and still maintain our democratic system. It is safe forever, and for the everlasting benefit of the people of the United States.” —Frances Perkins, on the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Social Security Act (from the book, The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience). Good thing Frances Perkins is not hearing the disinformation from Washington and many in the media today claiming Social Security is going broke and that there is a “consensus” that cuts are needed in Social Security to reduce the federal deficit. More »

Debate This: I’m 57 and Want Medicare and Social Security for Future Generations

Debate This: I’m 57 and Want Medicare and Social Security for Future Generations

The most troubling thing I heard last evening during the debate was that I could stop listening about the proposed changes to Social Security and Medicare if I was at or near retirement age. I’m not that selfish. I care that my children and grandchildren have those programs. I care so much that I have devoted my personal and professional energy to improving and expanding a 'Medicare for All for Life' model and making sure Social Security remains the sure and safe program that it has been for decades. More »

A corrupted political system based, like healthcare, on ability to pay

A corrupted political system based, like healthcare, on ability to pay

Essential social goods – political participation and access to necessary health services - are allocated based on ability to pay. When that happens, it’s easy to see who wins and who loses. The gains go to the top and the rest of us have to fight for what we need. More »

Join Us for Robin Hood Tax Actions on October 2nd

Join Us for Robin Hood Tax Actions on October 2nd

On Tuesday, October 2, the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) -- under which hundreds of billions of tax dollars were handed over to financial institutions deemed “too big to fail”-- the Robin Hood Tax Campaign and its allies in labor, health, religious and consumer organizations, will visit Congressional field offices in seven states to seek pledges of support for the “Inclusive Prosperity Act,” H.R. 6411. Join us! More »

Tax Wall Street To Restore Main Street

Tax Wall Street To Restore Main Street

Almost 30 nations have some form of a financial transaction tax and the U.S. had a similar tax from 1914 until 1966. The United Kingdom has had a tax on stock trades for decades – the same rate proposed in HR 6411 – and their volume of trading has grown robustly. Supporters of a form of financial transactions tax include business leaders such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban, and Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffet. More »

The Robin Hood Campaign – A Movement, and Now Legislation Too

The Robin Hood Campaign – A Movement, and Now Legislation Too

For many months, nurses, healthcare, environmental, labor, consumer, faith-based and other community activists have rallied on Wall Street, at banks and legislative offices, and outside the White House and Treasury Department, saying it is time to tax Wall Street to help revive our economy and nation.Robin Tax campaigners rally in New York City on September 17, 2012. More »

NURSES  BRING  ROBIN HOOD TO CHICAGO

NURSES BRING ROBIN HOOD TO CHICAGO

More than 6,000 nurses and activists gathered at Daley Plaza in Chicago Friday to rock out with musician Tom Morello and call for a tax on financial speculation — a Robin Hood tax. This small sales tax on Wall Street trades could raise up to $350 billion a year in the U.S., money that American communities desperately need. More »

‘A Nightmare on Wall Street’: New Video From Nurses Says Time to Hold Wall Street Accountable to Hea

‘A Nightmare on Wall Street’: New Video From Nurses Says Time to Hold Wall Street Accountable to Hea

If there is one enduring message from the past year, it is that the days of silent suffering are over for the millions of Americans who continue to face a daily struggle to survive while Wall Street high rollers have yet to be called to account for ruining our economy. By: RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director National Nurses United More »

The Politics of Lowered Expectations

The Politics of Lowered Expectations

Ezra Klein, the bright, young, economic policy columnist for the "Washington Post" believes that Obama came out ahead last year in the "administration's bitter, high-stakes negotiations with the Republicans in Congress." More »

New study: Jobs crisis promotes rationing of care

New study: Jobs crisis promotes rationing of care

A new NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation survey released today documented again the direct link between the economic crisis – you know the one Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman now says we ought to start calling a Depression – and families undermining their health. More »

Nurses Lead Solidarity Actions “Across the Pond” from 2 million striking British workers

Nurses Lead Solidarity Actions “Across the Pond” from 2 million striking British workers

As more than 2 million nurses, teachers, paramedics and other workers held the largest strike in over three decades across Great Britain, National Nurses United, joined by other union members, held energetic support rallies in six U.S. cities to show solidarity with their embattled British counterparts. More »

Solidarity Messages from the U.S. to the U.K. - Nov. 30, 2011

Solidarity Messages from the U.S. to the U.K. - Nov. 30, 2011

"I stand with you in spirit. I am unable to attend a rally. As a Registered Nurse for the past 43 years, and as a Human Being on this planet, we all deserve respect. I myself face living in poverty at retirement. Can't we all support each other? I think we can. Keep up the fight!" Read the collection in this NNU tribute blog post to UK nurses and public workers fighting to save their pensions. More »

In the Public Interest by Ralph Nader

In the Public Interest by Ralph Nader

"Here, look at this handsome L.L. Bean catalog and tell me what you want for Christmas," said a relative over Thanksgiving weekend. I started leafing through the 88 page cornucopia with hundreds of clothing and household products, garnished by free gift cards and guaranteed free shipping. More »

FTT: RX for a Sick Economy

FTT: RX for a Sick Economy

By Rose Ann DeMoro - Amidst the scourge of inequality sweeping the world, marked by continued profits, pay-outs and record levels of cash hoarding -- the spoils of the 1% -- one group has come forward with a remedy, refusing to stand down. Nurses from four continents gathered at the G-20 Summit last week to tell world leaders that time is running out: revenue is needed now and the starting point is a global finance tax. More »

Historic NNU delegation to G20 protests in Europe

Historic NNU delegation to G20 protests in Europe

NNU has entered a new era in becoming part of an international campaign to advocate on behalf of not only our patients and Main Street communities at home, but people in crisis around the world, and to hold Wall Street and other global financial institutions accountable to heal our nations. More »

Nurses to Obama: Push for a Global Financial Transaction Tax, Now!

Nurses to Obama: Push for a Global Financial Transaction Tax, Now!

By RoseAnn DeMoro – Will President Obama be the main holdout when world leaders, under growing pressure from the occupy Wall Street protests across the world and demand building for a tax on international financial transactions, meet early next month at the G-20 summit in France? More »

PSI nurses to deliver message to G20 leaders in Cannes

PSI nurses to deliver message to G20 leaders in Cannes

World leaders who gather for the G20 economic discussions in Cannes, France in early November will get fiscal advice from an unexpected group – nurses, who will prescribe the immediate application of a financial transaction tax for the economic health of communities everywhere. More »

The barricades are beginning to quiver

The barricades are beginning to quiver

Inside the barricading bubbles surrounding the Wall Street plutocrats and the Washington oligarchs who service them, there must be worry. After three years of disclosed “lying, cheating and stealing” as one prosecutor put it, with nary a visible stir from the masses, suddenly the barricades are beginning to quiver. More »

Massachusetts Nurses Demand Super Committee Support Jobs, Not Cuts

Massachusetts Nurses Demand Super Committee Support Jobs, Not Cuts

Resolution #1 "In Support of Protests Demanding the Super Committee Support Jobs Not Cuts", of the Massachusetts Nurses Association annual business meeting, October 6, 2011, passed overwhelmingly. More »

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