Minnesota Nurses Association Statement of Support for OccupyMN Movement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (October 7, 2011) – The Minnesota Nurses Association stands in support of, and in solidarity with, the OccupyWallStreet.org street protests and rallies happening across the country – including today’s “OccupyMN” event near the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.â€¨
We applaud the commitment, savvy and sacrifice exhibited by the multitude of students, union members, clergy and many others from all walks of life who have come together to loudly and clearly place the blame for the nation’s pain where it belongs.
Wall Street caused the financial crisis, and we share the growing demand that Wall Street pay us back.â€¨ â€¨Led by our national union, National Nurses United (NNU), which represents more than 170,000 RNs across the country, MNA nurses are leading the fight for a Main Street Contract for the American People. The Contract calls for meeting the basic needs of a civilized society and ensuring that all pay their fair share.
Currently, the wealthiest individuals and corporations do not pay their fair share. NNU is campaigning for a Financial Transaction Tax on Wall Street to help remedy that inequity. (Learn more about this movement at www.MainStreetContract.org)â€¨ â€¨As nurses, our motto in this fight is simple – “Heal America. Make Wall Street Pay!”â€¨
Formed in 1905, the Minnesota Nurses Association represents more than 20,000 nurses in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Learn more about MNA online at www.MNNurses.org.