Nurses to Join July 24 DC March to Demand a Robin Hood Tax to Help End AIDS
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Registered nurse from across the U.S. will be joining others as they march through the streets of Washington DC, demanding more funding for HIV/AIDS treatment.
One critical way to raise hundreds of billions of dollars every year to fight AIDS, as well as address other basic needs, is with a small tax on Wall Street financial speculation – the Robin Hood Tax.
The nurses — members of National Nurses United — are part of the Robin Hood Tax movement, and will be marching with Health GAP, VOCAL-NY, ACT UP, and National People’s Action (NPA) Tuesday, July 24. The Robin Hood march is one of several events coinciding with the 19th International AIDS Conference that convenes in Washington July 22.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Starting Location: West Lawn of Mt. Vernon Square, 9th St NW & Mt Vernon Place
“Our patients without adequate healthcare, especially people with HIV/AIDS, our unemployed neighbors, our friends forced from their homes by foreclosures, our underfunded schools, poor infrastructure--- all this must be redressed now,” “said Jean Ross, RN and co-president of NNU, a union and professional association of RNs with 175,000 members. “And the Robin Hood Tax is the way to get started.”
“We can end AIDS. And a Robin Hood Tax is key to getting there, by funding AIDS treatment, prevention and healthcare,” said Jennifer Flynn, managing director of Health GAP. “It is also the way to provide jobs, fight climate change and address a host of problems both here in the U.S. and abroad.”
The Robin Hood Tax is a small sales tax -- 50 cents per $100 on trading in stocks, and smaller assessments on bonds, derivatives and currencies -- that could raise up to $350 billion annually in the U.S. The tax is aimed at high-volume trading, which today makes up a majority of all trades. In addition to much-need revenue, experts say Robin Hood will help place limits on the reckless short-term speculation that threatens financial stability as well as to curtail speculation in essentials-- food and fuel. To learn more about the Robin Hood Tax, go to www.robinhoodtax.org.
"We need to make Wall Street bankers pay their fair share to ensure all people with HIV/AIDS have access to treatment, not cut funding for domestic and global healthcare programs in order to give the rich tax cuts," said Bobby Tolbert, an HIV-positive Board member and community activist with VOCAL-NY.
For more information about the march, go to http://www.wecanendaids.org/info.html