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Obama’s Pipeline Quagmire

Obama’s Pipeline Quagmire

It was the most extraordinary citizen organizing feat in recent White House history. Over 1200 Americans from 50 states came to Washington and were arrested in front of the White House to demonstrate their opposition to a forthcoming Obama approval of the Keystone XL dirty oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada down to the Gulf Coast. More »

A Nation Worried Sick

A Nation Worried Sick

Why did thousands of working nurses and supporters converge on scores of Congressional offices from Maine to California last week? How is it that nurses working long shifts at demanding jobs took time away from rest and family to appear before their representatives? More »

Let’s call it Un-Labor Day

Let’s call it Un-Labor Day

In honor of the latest dreary news that exactly zero net jobs were created in August, the corporate CEOs who ship our jobs overseas, and the budget cutters in Washington whose priorities lie elsewhere, let’s just rechristen the September holiday “Un-Labor” Day. More »

Thousands of nurses storm 60 Congressional offices

Thousands of nurses storm 60 Congressional offices

In a week that recorded no new jobs being created in the U.S. for the entire month of August, and many people struggling with what to do about it, nurses around the U.S. sent an entirely different message -- get out in the streets and demand change. On Thursday, thousands of nurses, joined by other labor and community supporters, went to the doorsteps of 60 members of Congress in 21 states across the U.S. More »

Nurses say: Join Us on Sept. 1 on Main Street, Don’t Return to DC

Nurses say: Join Us on Sept. 1 on Main Street, Don’t Return to DC

By: Donna Smith. Main Street, USA – Nurses call their neighbors and their elected officials to come to Main Street on September 1, even as many of the elected officials continue chiding one another about returning to DC. More »

Retreat, Surrender, Can He At Least Plead?

Retreat, Surrender, Can He At Least Plead?

The headlines came quickly after President Obama concluded the deficit-debt deal with the Republicans Sunday evening. There were few shades of gray. The New York Times editorial was titled "To Escape Chaos, a Terrible Deal: Democrats won almost nothing they wanted except avoiding default." More »

Ideological Inebriation on Capitol Hill

Ideological Inebriation on Capitol Hill

Legislating while under the influence of ideological inebriation is not yet a statutory offense. It is only a multi-directional menace to much of what anxious Americans hold dear for themselves and their children. The dominant Republicans in Congress – both the new and many of the longer-term incumbents – are in heat. More »

Save the Date — September 1, 2011

Save the Date — September 1, 2011

RNs across the U.S. are calling on Wall Street to pay for the damage they caused on Main Street. Our communities need healthcare, jobs, education, housing. More »

Why it all sounds like, “Blah, blah, blah”

Why it all sounds like, “Blah, blah, blah”

By NNU Organizer Donna Smith — When push comes to shove everybody gets their political cover moments in Washington, DC. Everybody, that is, except the average working class American. More »

‘Let ‘Em Eat Peas’ Can Be the Modern Age Elitist Mantra

‘Let ‘Em Eat Peas’ Can Be the Modern Age Elitist Mantra

It has been a challenging week for many people. While our elected officials have been broadly reported to be at odds about exactly how to raise the debt ceiling or not, millions of Americans have no work, are running out of ways to keep their homes – rented or owned, and struggle even to keep the basic necessities for themselves and their families. More »

Nurses Join Ralph Nader for Debating Taboos Event

Nurses Join Ralph Nader for Debating Taboos Event

While many – far too many – politicians in Washington are fixated on making cuts in our most vital programs that protect American families while refusing to demand those who created our economic freefall pay up to help rebuild this nation, at least some have a broader vision. More »

Mandatory Voting: Taboo Topic

Mandatory Voting: Taboo Topic

The first nationally televised debate (C-SPAN) on the subject of mandatory voting, or voting duty, occurred in Washington D.C. on June 27, 2011. Why did it take so long? Because discussing this topic has been a taboo in electoral, legislative and main media arenas. More »

Nurses Take On Wall Street

Nurses Take On Wall Street

More than a thousand RNs and other activists marched on Wall Street Wednesday, chanting “Wall Street got bailed out! We got sold out!” More »

Nurses’ Main Street Campaign to Rebuild America

Nurses’ Main Street Campaign to Rebuild America

In every city and town across America today there is a "Mr. Cellophane," as the musical Chicago put it, and other men, women, and children who seem to have become invisible to those who set policy in Washington and to the financiers on Wall Street who put them in the shadows. More »

March on Wall Street for the Damage Done to Main Street

March on Wall Street for the Damage Done to Main Street

An international day of action to make Wall Street Pay - nurses are joining workers to demand jobs, guaranteed healthcare, quality public education, fair housing and enactment of a Financial Transaction Tax (Wall Street sales tax) More »

Remarks of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka  at NNU Washington DC Assembly

Remarks of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at NNU Washington DC Assembly

"...I love the way nurses fight for patients, for quality care, for fairness and progressive values! You’re standing tall all across our country, and you make the entire labor movement better for it! You make America better... every single day." More »

Nurses: Failure is Not Possible

Nurses: Failure is Not Possible

Ashley Forsberg, a Michigan RN, held the microphone Monday to share a quote she saw during a recent visit to the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, the historic Washington, D.C. headquarters of the National Woman’s Party. “Failure is not possible,” she recited. More »

Stories from Main Street

Stories from Main Street

NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro recently called on RNs nationwide to share stories about how the economic crisis is impacting their lives at home, and in their hospitals and communities. Their heartfelt responses were deeply moving, some of which can be read in this blog. To protect their anonymity, names have been removed. Additional stories are coming soon. More »

Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale - International Nurses Day

Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale - International Nurses Day

Florence Nightingale is considered the founder of the modern nursing profession, and May 12 is the 191st anniversary of her birth. We nurses celebrate her today, while many others make this day one of honor for the nurses who’ve touched their lives. More »

S915/HR1200 – The Healthcare Wisdom We Can Trust

S915/HR1200 – The Healthcare Wisdom We Can Trust

Today, it is official. Two amazing and courageous elected officials stood with nurses and patients to introduce legislation that moves beyond the current health reform effort and forward to a healthy system for all. More »

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