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Fri, Nov 5: NYC Launch of new "Strengthen Social Security Campaign"




New York City launch of the new

"Strengthen Social Security Campaign"



Eric Kingson, Co-Chair, Social Security Works

Guest speaker from the Alliance for Retired Americans [invited]

and leaders from Strengthen Social Security-New York


The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is crafting proposals for Congress to reduce the current federal budget deficit.  They are due out on December 1st, and Congress may vote on them by the end of the year.  Programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid may well be put on the chopping block even though they have nothing to do with causing the deficit. 


The new "Strengthen Social Security" campaign led by the AFL-CIO, the Alliance for Retired Americans, and scores of national groups has sprung into action to defend these vital social insurance programs for all American families.  State and local organizations are also getting involved.


Come find out what's happening in DC,

how New Yorkers and Americans are taking action,

and how you can get involved!


FRI. NOV. 5th, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon


Teamsters Local 237

216 West 14th Street (bet. 7th & 8th Aves.), Manhattan

(Take A,C, E, F, M, 1, 2, or 3 trains to 14th St.)


Hosted by:

New York Network for Action on Medicare and Social Security

New York State Alliance for Retired Americans


Event Supporters [list in formation]:

Brooklyn-wide Interagency Council of the Aging, Business and Labor Coalition of NY, Center for Independence of the Disabled-NY, Children's Defense Fund of NY, Citizen Action of NY, Congress of Senior Citizens of Greater NY, Disabled in Action of Metro NY, Goddard-Riverside Community Center, Gray Panthers NYC Network, Hispanic Senior Action Council, Institute for Puerto Rican and Hispanic Elderly, Joint Public Affairs Committee for Older Adults, Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, National Association of Social Workers-NYC chapter, New York Citizens' Committee on Aging, New York Statewide Senior Action Council, NYC Alliance for Retired Americans, Physicians for a National Health Program-NY Metro, Rekindling Reform, Teamsters Local 237 Retiree Division


For more information: 212-925-1829 or metrohealth@igc.org

See also:  www.strengthensocialsecurity.org


Some Social Security facts:

·         More than 53 million Americans receive social security, including:

Ø  34 million retirees

Ø  9.3 million disabled workers and their dependents

Ø  6.5 million children

Ø  4.3 million spouses and parents who survive deceased workers

·         30 percent of workers will become disabled before reaching their Social Security retirement age

·         Social Security is the largest single source of income for retirees, accounting for 40 percent of income for those age 65 and older

·         For two-thirds of older Americans, Social Security provides the majority of their income

·         For one-third of older Americans, Social Security provides nearly all their income

·         Without Social Security, nearly half of all Americans age 65 and older would live in poverty