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Nurses Initiate the Most Interesting Street Action Leading Up to the NATO Summit!

Society & Culture  (tags: Nurses, Occupy, Chicago, NATO Summit, uninsured, health )

- 2562 days ago -
Of all the street actions leading up to the NATO summit, the one that might seem most perplexing is a nurses' rally for a tax on securities trades. Financial markets are pretty remote from hospital bedsides, you might think.


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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 7:41 pm
Why would nurses get mixed up in an issue like that?

RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, says there’s a simple explanation: “The big banks, investment firms and other financial institutions, which ruined the economy with trillion-dollar trades on people’s homes and pensions and similar reckless gambling, should pay for the recovery.”

Nurses have been on the front lines of the crisis, seeing firsthand the health impacts of skyrocketing poverty and record high rates of uninsured Americans.

Lydia S (155)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 8:17 pm
Good , I think they have a valid point .
Thanks so much .

Mary T (178)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 8:32 pm
“The big banks, investment firms and other financial institutions, which ruined the economy with trillion-dollar trades on people’s homes and pensions and similar reckless gambling, should pay for the recovery.” I totally agree, Thanks for posting.

Kamila A (141)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 8:43 pm
I ask, where are the concerned architects? Engineers? How about the secretaries and office managers? We can all raise the issue at the next retreat

Carlton Ward (55)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 9:31 pm
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It can be challenging to confront the cruelty of this global domination agenda, but it’s only by recognizing the true nature of the threats to our freedom that we can be empowered to act effectively. Its up to US to understand & take action - together...

Bianca D (87)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 9:31 pm
A brilliant initiative! More power to the nurses!! Tx Green B!

Carlton Ward (55)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 9:31 pm
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Susanne R (236)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 11:00 pm
Dedicated nurses are always looking after us --even when we're not in hospital beds! They appear to be the only people in the medical profession who truly care about the patient's health AND welfare. The administrators care about making a profit and, although most MD's deserve a lot of credit for their ability to diagnose and treat illnesses, they can't seem to be bothered with being advocates for their patients. God bless our caring and dedicated nurses! We owe them a debt of gratitude!

Michael Carney (217)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 11:51 pm
All Hail, the Nurses...Where would we be without them? Thanks!!!

Judy C (91)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 12:02 am
I agree with all of the above. Nurses are usually very socially aware. The entire system is bad for our health and well-being, and they see the results. I have several good friends who are nurses.

Peace Monger (185)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 12:33 am
Must begin somewhere, why not nurses? As has been posted previously, they are on the front lines & are our caregivers in times of illness. ( this is an illness of society)
YAY for Nurses!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 3:38 am
"Nurses have been on the front lines of the crisis, seeing firsthand the health impacts of skyrocketing poverty and record high rates of uninsured Americans.

Their specific tax proposal: a small fee on each trade of stocks, derivatives and other financial instruments. Even at a rate of 0.5 percent or less, such taxes could generate massive revenues to pay for things ordinary people in Chicago and elsewhere urgently need, such as affordable health care and decent schools.

Endorsers of their Friday rally in Daley Center Plaza include 100 union, environmental, and global health groups."
This is an instance, of how the example of the Occupy Movement has brought and is bringing people to "cross lines" so that Nurses, for example, don't just fight for their wages, various Ethnic Groups don't ONLY fight for the rights of THEIR Ethnic Group, Union Members and Environmentalists recognize they're in the SAME fight, etc. This is a GREAT development and should SCARE THE HELL out of the 1%!

{The idea of the so-called "ROBIN HOOD TAX" is also very popular in Europe. The article says that the Banksters are already, just as you would expect, PRESSURING the Obama Administration to STOP this tax from happening, and in Europe too.....}

Ellen m (215)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 3:52 am
Not only are they on the front lines for caring, they outshine many in the brains and ideas categories also.
If the credit card companies are now offering small businesses a little gadget for their cell phones where by you can swipe a credit card for ONLY (?!) 2.75%, there is no way on gods green earth this proposal shouldn't get seriously passed!

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 5:42 am
Nurses are our true Doctors who really care with compassion and concern and need to be paid well way above what a doctor gets paid for cause a doctor is out for money and nothing else. Nurses need to be given credit for their knowledge cause they have to correct doctors from time to time also. Nurses shouldn't be treated as slaves. Bravo Ellen and I highly agree with you on that.
God Bless our Nurses and don't ripe them off. Quite a few are smarter than doctors.

Terry King (113)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 6:28 am

Craig Pittman (52)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 7:13 am
Kudos to our nurses. What a super idea and a totally worthwhile endeavour.
Nurses on the front line!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 8:03 am
Yes! Robin Hood and his merry maid nurses...sock it to the ones who caused the collapse, stress, health problems....

Sofia Natsis (8)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 8:44 am
Noted thanks

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 10:13 am
Bravo to the nurses, thanks Betsy for the post!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 11:34 am
Olivia, I like "Robin Hood [tax] and his merry maid nurses"........ !

The Robin Hood Tax truly DOES "take from the rich {altho very little!} and give to the poor" -- it is just the IDEA of it that is threatening; if that Principle is accepted generally, who KNOWS what it might lead to?????
It is just a teensy percent of profits, they are saying that boo-hoo, the computers will COLLAPSE under the strain of making so many "extra" transactions!
They are desperate and think we will believe ANYthing.....

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 11:40 am
thanks Betsy, glad to see these nurses standing up and lets hope more people will support them

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 12:25 pm
Thank you all so much for the great comments and the kudos expressed to our nurses. Olivia, I love it. "Merry maid nurses".

How about "Brave Band of Songsters". I am just now posting fours songs straight from the creativity of the camps. Pure Occupy.

An oldster like me, while listening to these songs, would like to think for a second that Jimi Hendrix or Bob Marley, or, or, or, have returned from their graves.

But no, these songs are pure Occupy with the scorching integrity of Occupy. This is a movement destined to change the planet.

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 1:30 pm
Excellent! I'd read that nurses had also been on the front lines of many occupations--there for physical support as well as medical support to the injured. I believe it was in Chicago last fall, where a large group of them sat down and locked arms with other occupiers as police surrounded them. After refusing for move for some time, they were eventually pulled out, one by one, by police and arrested. That moment brought tears to my eyes as I watched it livestreaming; and I called them heroes. These brave souls are caring for others in every sense of the word.

Holly Lawrence (430)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 1:55 pm
As Green Bee says - Nurses have always been onthe front lines .. whether it be social issues or carrying for our soldiers on the battlefront...

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 2:46 pm
Thank you, Lois, for your soul stirring account of the arrest of brave nurses in Chicago last fall. It is bringing tears to my eyes now.

Eternal Gardener (734)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 3:20 pm
A movement of all trades to crush the existing suffocating FEUDAL system!

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 4:26 pm
Love it! Good on the nurses!

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 5:08 pm
My daughter is a MD. She tells me that nurses are the healers. I cannot get her to join Care 2. She is a doctor, a university professor, and mother of an infant and a toddler, an an Occupier. Her time is filled. So I have print this and mail it to her. She is occupying some where with a medical unit, of course, and I am sure she is cheering for these nurses as I type this comment.

Thank you, everyone, for the fantastic comments.

David C (75)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 5:24 pm
great idea!

Pat B (356)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 5:50 pm
Nurses help all around, even in our schools...Bravo!!! Thanks, Betsy for this one.

Ingrid A (524)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 7:57 pm
That is awesome. Thank you Green Bee.

John B (185)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 8:27 pm
Thank you for posting the article Bee. I worked in the medical field all my life and nurses not only carry the burden in the hospital setting but they then go out and support their local community by advocating for many causes and demanding positive changes.They are the GREATEST people you will ever know and work with.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 4:03 am

mary f (200)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 4:16 am
Good for them they are great for speaking up

Victoria S (19)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 4:58 am
They are right. In the UK, all the government seems to care about is protecting finance and banking, while casually firing 60.000 Nurses and front line hospital staff!

Larry D Grazier (1362)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 9:59 am
NURSES ARE THE BEST!!! Thank to all of them and God Bless!

Teresa Cowley (274)
Friday May 18, 2012, 6:29 am
Kudos to the nurses!!

Kerrie G (116)
Friday May 18, 2012, 10:06 am
Noted, thanks.

Caitlin M (104)
Saturday May 19, 2012, 7:53 pm
A very good idea. Right on, nurses! Thanks, B.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 21, 2012, 3:37 am
thank you
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