Friday, June 25, 2010

Saturday: Los Angeles Rally to Save Social Security

Saturday, June 26: Los Angeles Rally to Save Social Security

Testimony, picket & rally at The Western Justice Center Foundation
55 South Grand Avenue, in Pasadena. From 7:30 a.m. until noon.
Social Security is under attack. But this Saturday in Los Angeles, you can
help fight back.

The Deficit Commission is the executive panel charged with deciding our
country's spending priorities. The problem is, it's filled with people who
are obsessed with using the deficit as an excuse to cut Social Security and

Until now, the commission has been holding only closed-door meetings in
Washington. But this Saturday, an outside group that will report back to the
commission is holding town halls on the budget across the country.

Here's the catch: that outside group is sponsored by a billionaire hedge
fund manager who's been working to gut Social Security and Medicare for
decades, and the organizers get to decide who can attend.

We need to speak out now so the commission knows that Americans won't let
their Social Security be cut. So we're partnering with a bunch of
progressive allies to hold rallies outside their events. We'll speak out and
make sure the media knows about the many progressive solutions to the
deficit‹like rolling back the Bush Tax Cuts and rooting out wasteful
military spending.

It's critical that we have a big crowd to show politicians and the media how
strongly voters feel about this. Can you make it to a rally outside the town
hall on Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m.?

The town halls are funded by Pete G. Peterson‹a Wall St. banker who has
pledged $1 billion to a campaign to end Social Security as we know it. Yet,
members of the official deficit commission are participating as if these are
neutral forums. That includes the co-chairs Erskine Bowles‹a board member
for JP Morgan‹and former Senator Alan Simpson‹who just got caught calling
people who need Social Security "lesser people."

It's critical that there are people at these town halls who understand that
Social Security didn't create the deficit, and cutting benefits won't
eliminate it.
By 2023, Social Security will have a $4.3 trillion surplus, and it will pay
full benefits until 2037.
Social Security benefits 53.2 million Americans, including 10 million
disabled Americans under 65, and over 6 million survivors of deceased
workers. It's often the only source of income for these people, and cuts
could be disastrous.
Social Security belongs to the people who pay into it every day of their
working lives, and cutting it is unfair and unacceptable.

So we need to get the message out. At the counter demonstrations we'll be
sharing stories from the people who rely on Social Security and Medicare,
making clear what's at stake. We'll also hand out fliers to town hall
participants explaining the facts about Social Security's future.

We really need a good showing on Saturday in Los Angeles. Can you join us?


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