Press Release: MN Nurses join large-scale, national protest efforts on Sept. 1 as part of “Main Street Contract” Campaign

25 Aug

Media Contact: John Nemo, 651-414-2863 or

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (August 25, 2011) – Minnesota nurses will make their voices heard in unique and colorful ways across the state on September 1 as part of a nationwide effort aimed at holding Wall Street accountable for the nation’s ongoing financial crisis.

Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) RNs will join nurses from Maine to California in converging on more than 60 Congressional offices in 21 states as part of National Nurses United’s (NNU) “Main Street Contract for America” Campaign. The nurses’ top priority will be getting legislators to pledge their support for a new, national tax on the type of Wall Street financial activities that led to the 2008 economic collapse.

“It’s time for Wall Street financiers, who created this financial crisis and continue to hold so much of the nation’s wealth, to start contributing to rebuild this country, and for the American people to reclaim our future,” said NNU Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro.

A tax on Wall Street trading of stocks, bonds, derivatives, currencies, credit default swaps and futures – the very financial speculative activity linked to the 2008 financial meltdown and resultant recessions – could raise hundreds of billions of dollars to pay for the programs desperately needed by those suffering on Main Street, according to DeMoro.

In Minnesota, nurses will be keying in on six different Congressional Districts with special events:

  • In CD2, Nurses will use a “Coffee Klatch and Pay it Forward” event as them visit coffee shops throughout the south metro to hear Main Street stories and buy coffee for those in need. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. outside Rep. John Kline’s office in Burnsville (101 West Burnsville Parkway, #201).
  • In CD8, Duluth nurses will host a special “Soup Kitchen for Main Street” event from 3-5 p.m. (515 Gerald Heaney Federal Building, Duluth, MN) aimed at calling attention to Rep. Chip Cravaack. Nurses and supporters – including one dressed in a special “Chipmunk” outfit and dispersing oversized acorns between Main Street and Wall Street nests – will serve those in need while calling on Rep. Cravaack to pledge his support for a Wall Street Tax.
  • In CD7, Thief River Falls nurses will conduct a school supply drive from 3-5 p.m. for needy children at the Challenger Elementary School (601 County Road 61, Thief River Falls, MN).
  • In CD6, Twin Cities nurses will hold a mock “press conference” at 11:00 a.m. with a 10-foot tall, lifelike puppet of 2012 Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann outside Rep. Bachmann’s office (6043 Hudson Road, Woodbury, MN). The puppet will be operated by special “Wall Street” advisors and voiced with famous quotes from Rep. Bachmann. Nurses will also be gathering donations including food and school supplies for CD6 families in need.
  • At the Minnesota State Fair, nurses will conduct a special event at 5:30 p.m. in the AFL-CIO Pavilion (corner of Dan Patch and Cooper, State Fairgrounds), sharing Main Street Stories near U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s booth and holding a special contest that awards $250 to a charity of the winner’s choice.
  • In Iowa’s Congressional District 5, MNA Nurses will solicit donations for a local food shelf from 5-8 p.m. at the Main Street Farmer’s Market (9th and Main Streets, Council Bluffs, Iowa). Nurses will also call on Rep. Steve King to pledge his support for the Wall Street Tax to Heal America.

MNA is a founding affiliate of National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of nurses with more than 170,000 members across the country. In recent months, NNU has convened numerous Wall Street-themed protests across the country, including in Washington, D.C., at the headquarters for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and in New York City, across the Stock Exchange, to call attention to the “Main Street Contract” and Wall Street Tax to Heal America.

More information can be found online at

Founded in 1905, the Minnesota Nurses Association represents more than 20,000 nurses in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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