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Nurses from Four Continents to Step Up Call Nov. 3 On President Obama and Other World Leaders for Tax on Wall Street

Joined by AFL-CIO, Occupy Wall Street participants, community groups in major actions at G-20 Summit in France, Washington, Los Angeles, and San Francisco

150 Massachusetts nurses and student nurses to participate in the Washington D.C. Protest

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National Nurses United, joined by the AFL-CIO and community activists, including participants from the Occupy Wall Street movement, will protest outside the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington Nov. 3 to press President Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for a meaningful financial transaction tax (FTT) to help heal the U.S. and join the growing global movement for an FTT. More than 150 registered nurses, including student nurses, from Massachusetts will attend the event.

On that same day, nurses from four continents, including a delegation from NNU, will be on hand at the opening of the G-20 summit of world leaders in France to demonstrate how to “inject an FTT” to resuscitate the ailing global economy.

November 3 actions:

G-20 Summit: 9:45 a.m., Salon Palm, Casino Palm Beach, Place Franklin Roosevelt – Pointe de la Croisette, Cannes, France (location of G20 media accreditation center)

Washington, DC: Rally, Lafayette Square, 11:30 a.m., followed by march to U.S. Treasury Department. Nurses head to Capitol Hill to lobby Congress at 3 p.m.

“It is long past time for Secretary Geithner and President Obama to get on board with other world leaders in supporting this common-sense approach to raise badly needed revenues to help fund the critical programs we need to revive the U.S. and other global economies,” said NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro, who will speak at the G-20 press conference in Cannes.

NNU has been campaigning since early spring for an FTT, essentially a sales tax on trades of stocks, bonds, derivatives, and other financial transactions mainly targeting the big banks and investment firms whose reckless activities caused the current economic crisis. As much as $350 billion annually could be raised by a meaningful FTT, with the revenues available for such needs as good jobs, health care for all, and funding for quality public education.

The Obama administration has been an obstacle for the Wall Street tax, and in the face of a growing international demand for other nations, especially in Europe, to adopt their own FTT, Geithner has lobbied European finance ministers to oppose the FTT.

U.S. nurses see an emergency in the effects of enduring economic hardship in their communities, as they describe a profound and broad decline in the health status of the U.S. population. Recent data linking home foreclosures in four major U.S. states to a range of serious illnesses, from stress and deprivation, underscore nurses’ concern. Others are sounding an alarm in the wake of the economic crisis and social fallout.