Nursesâ€™ #BernieBus Continues Southern Nevada Push Stops at Private Prison, Labor Meeting Wednesday
Continuing the latest push through Southern Nevada in support of the Presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, the National Nurses United #BernieBus Wednesday will make stops outside the Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump before returning to visit a meeting of the Southern Nevada Central Labor Council in Henderson.
Where to meet the #BernieBus Wednesday, January 13
11 a.m. Nevada Southern Detention Center (prison), 2190 East Mesquite Ave., Pahrump, NV
4 p.m. Southern Nevada Central Labor Council meeting, 1891 Whitney Mesa Dr., Henderson, NV
The Detention Center is operated by the Corrections Corporation of America, a company that owns and manages private, for-profit prisons and detention centers.
Nurses say the bus appearance is intended to highlight Sanders’ call to ban prisons for profit, which Sanders says, “result in an over-incentive to arrest, jail and detain in order to keep prison beds full.”
Reducing mass incarceration, at a time the U.S. has far more people in prison than any other nation, and redirecting resources now devoted to incarceration for education, healthcare and other human needs is an important leg of Sanders call for racial justice, addressing legal violence, and redirecting U.S. funding priorities, nurses say.
At the Labor Council meeting, nurses will continue to talk to union members about the priorities of good paying jobs, healthcare for all, raising the minimum wage, protecting union rights, expanding Social Security, and other critical issues facing working people.
The labor meeting follows a visit of the #BernieBus Tuesday to an AFL-CIO Raising Wages Summit in Las Vegas
Sen. Sanders has the most comprehensive program on wages and jobs. It includes legislation to support for a $15 an hour minimum wage and a pledge to invest $1 trillion for a massive infrastructure repair program to create 13 million additional good paying jobs, said NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro.
After Nevada, the #BernieBus will head east, with stops in Denver and Kansas City on route to Iowa for the February 1 Iowa caucuses before returning to Nevada for the February 20 caucuses.