More than any other profession, nurses see first-hand the tragic results of income inequality and America’s failed market-based healthcare system. And in corporate-controlled hospitals they are often the only advocates for patients with life-threatening conditions who are unable to pay for proper treatment. 

Frustrated by the plight of their patients and deep cuts to social services, nurses are organizing. On Wednesday, June 22, several hundred nurses and activists from across the country marched down Wall Street in New York. They called for a new tax on financial transactions to help repair the damage done to Main Street during the economic downturn—and to build a society that will provide decent wages and healthcare for the patients they serve everyday. 

For more information listen to this Nation Conversation with Executive Director of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee Rose Ann DeMoro.

Kevin Donohoe