The National Nurses United (NNU) endorsed Marie Newman’s congressional campaign this week, adding to the growing excitement building for her campaign. The organization joins a rapidly-growing list of progressive organizations and labor unions backing Newman in her efforts to take back Illinois’ 3rd district for women and families. With over 150,000 members nationwide, NNU is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses known for their strong record of promoting the interests of patients and advancing collective bargaining rights for direct care nurses and patients across the U.S.
“Americans trust nurses and nurses trust Marie Newman to be deeply committed to our nurses values: caring, compassion, and community,” said Martese Chism, RN, and member of the Board of Directors of National Nurses Organizing Committee, NNU’s Illinois affiliate. “Medicare for All can make the difference between life and death for millions of our patients and Marie’s passion for campaign finance reform will place the voices of people over the money of corporations.”
“Nurses are the backbone of our community and our most trusted advocates. Not only do we rely on nurses to care for our loved ones, but they are on the front lines of the fight to expand Medicare coverage for all Americans, negotiate collective bargaining rights for hardworking RN’s everywhere, and fight for legislation and protections that will keep us all safe and healthy,” said Newman. “I could not be more proud to earn their endorsement and continue our partnership working together to ensure healthcare coverage for women and families across the 3rd district.”
When one of her children was severely bullied in school, Newman founded a nonprofit group to address the problem – eventually expanding it nationwide. Partnering with Sears Holdings Inc., Newman created and became the Managing Director of Team Up to Stop Bullying, a coalition of 70 nonprofits dedicated to anti-bullying solutions. She worked directly with state and federal legislators to make anti-bullying policies a priority and wrote a book with solutions used by schools and parents across the country. She has also served as a state and national advocate for cancer research with the Gateway Foundation and common-sense gun safety with Mom’s Demand Action.
Newman has swiftly built strong progressive momentum, landing endorsements from progressive groups and leaders across the board. Newman’s race has been recognized nationally as one of the top races to watch in 2018 as she takes on anti-choice and out-of-touch Rep. Dan Lipinski.
Lipinski’s far-right record includes voting to defund women’s healthcare and family planning as well as sponsoring “right to discriminate” legislation. Lipinski was one of a small minority of Democrats in Congress to vote against establishing Obamacare. Almost three-quarters of his campaign money comes from special interests and lobbyists. And he has largely ignored the thousands of small businesses that are the backbone of the 3rd District’s economy and the source of most of its jobs.
Learn more about Newman’s platform on her campaign website.