Malinda Markowitz is a registered nurse and a co-president of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.

Humanity Not Austerity — Time to Step It Up for Prop. 30


With the latest polls showing a real tightening on the measure, let’s recall what is at stake, and take a harder look at who is financing the campaign against this vital measure.  Prop. 30,  initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown, is an effort to rebuild a humane society that has been gravely harmed by years of budget cuts under our now infamous ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the distortion of public policy in California by those on the right who have made it so difficult to pass needed tax increases to improve public services.

Nurses to Press Congress September 1st to Tax Wall Street to Heal America

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As Congress and the White House continue to push an agenda of more deep cuts in spending at a time an economic crisis that is spinning out of control, registered nurses across the country will converge on some 60 Congress members in their local district offices September 1  to demand new priorities that help Main Street, not Wall Street.

RNs will hold soup kitchens, food drives, community speak outs, street theater, and other actions to call on legislators, Republicans and Democrats alike, to sign a pledge to “support a Wall Street transaction tax that will raise sufficient revenue to make Wall Street pay for the devastation it has caused on Main Street.”  In many locales we will be joined by many community and labor activists.