RNs to Hold Candlelight Vigils, Protests in 20 U.S. Cities
Call on Congress, White House – No Fiscal Cliff Cuts in Vital Programs
Nurses Also Sponsor Bus Ads in Washington, Billboards Across Country
Nurses across the nation are turning up the heat on Congress and the White House with candlelight vigils and other actions in some 20 cities, beginning in Chicago on Thursday, December 6 and continuing across the U.S. Monday, December 10.
The actions, which National Nurses United is sponsoring or joining, will press the case to oppose cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid during the “fiscal cliff” negotiations in Washington.
Actions are planned in California, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, with events in other states pending. RNs are joining with labor, senior, and scores of community activists in insisting on no increase in the eligibility age or cuts in benefits.
Nurses will also be calling for Congress and the White House to pass a tax on Wall Street speculation, the Robin Hood tax, to raise critically needed revenue for economic recovery.
Concurrently, NNU is featuring ads now visible on Metro buses throughout Washington, and on billboards in several states with the message “Don’t Push Seniors Off The ‘Fiscal Cliff’ – Tax Wall Street.”
NNU bus and billboard ads now on display
On the fiscal cliff showdown, “raising the age for Medicare or Social Security, delays in cost of living increases, or cuts in benefits, three of the approaches proposed by some in Washington, would severely harm the seniors and low and moderate income families who have suffered the most from the economic crisis, which continues in Main Street communities across America,” said Deborah Burger, co-president of the 185,000-member NNU.
“Wall Street’s agenda, of more punishing cuts for working people, and more handouts for the banks, who are the main beneficiaries of policies that put debt payments ahead of protecting seniors and working families, was roundly rejected by voters in November. Let’s not hand Wall Street the victory they lost at the polls. Instead, it is time to hold the bankers and speculators accountable, and levy a small tax on their reckless behavior to help rebuild the economy they did so much to wreck, Burger said.
Actions are planned in California, Florida, Illinois (event held Dec. 6), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Texas, with events in other states pending. RNs are joining with labor, senior, and scores of community activists in insisting on no increase in the eligibility age or cuts in benefits.
Photo from Chicago action on Dec.6, 2012.
PDF flyers linked for confirmed locations below
Monday, December 10 (additional locations pending)