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Nurses Rally After Protest at Meg Whitman's Home: Pt. I
by Mei Chan
Thursday Jul 15th, 2010 9:37 PM
Meg Whitman is a billionaire who has never before run for public office; now she is trying to buy the governor's race by spending tens of millions of dollars from her personal fortune. The California Nurses Association (CNA) protested in front of her home in Atherton today, then headed to Cañada College in nearby Redwood City where they rallied and held a speakers' forum. The Raging Grannies were on hand to welcome the nurses as they arrived at the college, all invigorated by their rousing protest in front of Whitman's home.


Top Photo by R. Robertson: Nurses arrive fresh from a protest at the home of Meg Whitman to enthusiastic greetings from supporters the Raging Grannies.

The California Nurses Association, along with other union leaders, say that gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's agenda would punish the middle class and push the state deeper into recession. Whitman's agenda includes cutting 40,000 state government jobs, dramatically reducing public employee pensions, deregulating industry and cutting welfare benefits.

Nurses know that Whitman is trying to drive a wedge between union leaders and their rank-and-file. They say it is a tactic only a multimillionaire candidate could afford to try, because of the expensive micro-targeting it requires.

CNA co-president Deborah Burger said recently, ''I think it's important for us to be able to communicate to our patients and the community just what California's in for if they get a corporate CEO in charge of California.''

At a rally held at Cañada College today, the nurses were treated to musical greetings from the Raging Grannies and Petty Theft before speakers took the stage.
§Some nurses wore "Queen Meg" crowns...
by Mei Chan Thursday Jul 15th, 2010 9:37 PM

...most others wore the T-shirt displayed in this photo
§Watching the stage get set up
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Petty Theft member gives Grannies a thumbs up
§Greetings, nurses!
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Grannies passed out song sheets. The Grannies wrote lyrics in praise of the nurses' enthusiasm and dedication to fighting off Whitman's attacks.
§Spontaneous hug from a nurse
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§Many of the Grannies are retired nurses and teachers
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In this photo Cañada College students of nursing interview Granny Ellyn, a retired psychiatric nurse, for a school assignment.
§One of the Grannies carried this sign
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§Nurses filed into the seats under the tent set up on this hot day
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§And enjoyed the band Petty Theft
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§Band on stage
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§Raging Grannies on stage with Petty Theft
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Grannies helped out by doing a mic check: testing testing to the tune of Frère Jacques

Grannies love nurses
Grannies love nurses
Why not Meg?
Why not Meg?
Cuz she disses unions
And she's such a meanie
Shame on Meg
Shame on Meg
§Time for rest in the shade
by Mei Chan Thursday Jul 15th, 2010 9:37 PM

The high was 88 degrees, but that didn't put a damper on the nurses' enthusiasm!
§Under the tent
by Mei Chan Thursday Jul 15th, 2010 9:37 PM

§As nurses arrive, the Grannies held up signs of greeting
by Mei Chan Thursday Jul 15th, 2010 9:37 PM