Major New Campaign for A Robin Hood Tax On Wall Street Launches in Boston & Cities Across U.S. with Celebrities, Economists and Activists

Jun 18, 2012, 09:00 ET from Massachusetts Nurses Association

June 19, 2012 12 noon
Outside JP Morgan Securities, Inc
# 1 Federal St., Boston

As JP Morgan Chief Dimon Testifies in Congress, Nationwide Rallies Call for Wall Street to Pay Fair Share Through Robin Hood Tax

Tax on Wall Street Transactions Could Raise Billions of Dollars for Health Care, Education, and to Address Global Poverty

BOSTON, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 16 cities across the country, including Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles, activists, including registered nurses from the nation's largest nurses union, will call for a Robin Hood Tax in the U.S., rallying outside JP Morgan Chase branches on Tuesday at noon.  


Dozens of national organizations including Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United and Health GAP, celebrities including Mark Ruffalo, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and Coldplay's Chris Martin, leading economists including Jeffrey Sachs, former JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs executives and global leaders such as Desmond Tutu have come together to form an unprecedented coalition, calling for a "Robin Hood Tax" on Wall Street.

The events are timed to coincide with another day of questioning by Congress of JP Morgan Chase's CEO, Jamie Dimon about his bank's massive trading loss and about the frenzy of speculative trading.

The Robin Hood Tax is a small sales tax, less than half of 1% -- or 50 cents per $100 on trading in stocks, and even smaller assessments on bonds, derivatives and currencies, that could raise billions of dollars in the U.S. 

"Wall Street's reckless speculation and risky deals caused our economy's most devastating crash since the Great Depression, forcing millions of Americans to lose their jobs, their homes, and their pensions," said Karen Higgins, RN co-president of NNU and staff nurse at Boston Medical Center who will speak at the Boston event.  "Three years later, Americans on Main Street still struggle to recover from a crisis we didn't create.  This is the way to start to turn it around."

Mark Ruffalo, star of the current movie "The Avengers," releases a video on Tuesday calling on Americans to join the campaign.   He was joined in the video by Chris Martin and Tom Morello

The Robin Hood Tax is aimed at high-volume trading, which today makes up a majority of all trades.   Experts say it will help place limits on the reckless short-term speculation that threatens financial stability — as with JPMorgan Chase's losing bet of $3 billion recently.  A Robin Hood Tax would also assist in curtailing speculation in essentials, such as food and fuel. 

"In cities and towns across the country and around the globe, people are hurting," said Matt Kavanaugh of Health GAP. "Millions have been pushed into poverty, our social safety net has been shredded, and the winnable fights to end AIDS, food insecurity, and environmental destruction lack the resources to succeed. By adopting the Robin Hood Tax in America, we could go a long way towards solving our nation's, and our planet's, most pressing concerns."

Over 1,000 leading economists have endorsed the policy behind the Robin Hood Tax, including Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute.  Some type of Robin Hood Tax is already in place in more than 40 countries.

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Founded in 1903, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is the largest professional health care organization and the largest union of registered nurses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Its 23,000 members advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Legislature and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. The MNA is also a founding member of National Nurses United, the largest national nurses union in the United States with more than 170,000 members from coast to coast.

SOURCE Massachusetts Nurses Association