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National Nurses United, the largest U.S. union and professional association of nurses, is sponsoring the march, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. The marchers will travel along portions of Michigan Avenue, East Wacker Drive, and North State Street before ending at Daley Plaza for a noon rally. More than 85 community, environmental, labour and health groups will be participating in this action in favour of the Robin Hood tax and against government austerity measures.
Over the past year, NNU has sponsored large actions, calling on Congress to tax Wall Street with a robust Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) on the trading of stocks, bonds, currencies, derivatives, and other financial instruments that the nurses say could raise $350 billion every year. The funds would then be available for essential needs, such as creating jobs, and investing in healthcare, education, and housing.
Last year, on November 3, nurses from four continents joined with a number of the global NGO and labor groups at the G-20 summit in France to press the case for national and continent wide FTTs. On the same day, NNU sponsored a rally of 3,000 nurses, along with labor, consumer, and Occupy Wall Street activists outside the White House and Treasury Department urging the Obama administration to support a meaningful tax on Wall Street.
The march and rally in Chicago is a continuation of the unity of those who came together in France and Washington.
Grammy Award winning artist Tom Morello, who rocked out with bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave will also be present.
Please watch and share these two vides with your friends and social networks about why a Robin Hood Tax should become part of the economic recovery in the US and what the National Nurses United is doing to fight for it.
The first video features an interview with NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro on why and how the nurses are involved in the movement to Tax Wall Street in the US.
The second video promotes actions nurses are leading to push for this tax in Chicago on May 18.