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by Ashlee Rezin
Thu Dec 5, 2013

Seniors Rally Against Social Security Cuts, Tell Congress Not To Balance The Budget On Their Backs (VIDEO)

With Social Security reform on the table during congressional budget talks to reduce federal spending, about a dozen protesters, most of which were retirees, gathered in downtown Chicago Thursday to call on Congress to reject proposals that “balance the budget on the backs of seniors.”

“Keep your hands off our Social Security,” chanted the protesters who, organized by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) and the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, rallied at Federal Plaza.

The protesters urged Illinois’ congressional delegates to reject any legislative proposal that boosts the retirement age above 67, increases means testing for Medicare premiums or changes cost-of-living-adjustments to a chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation formula.

“This is becoming a budgetary issue, but it’s a matter of priorities,” said Jay Lewkowitz, 65, congressional district coordinator for the NCPSSM. “Our country needs to tell Congress that taking care of an aging population and making sure our safety net stays intact is a priority for us.”

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Tue Dec 3, 2013

Op-Ed: Why I'm Participating In The Fast For Families Immigration Reform Action

The following op-ed was written by Laura Garza *SEIU Local 1 Secretary Treasurer and Vice President about today's national day of action for immigration reform, which centers around a 24-hour fast.

Three weeks have passed since three long-time immigration activists, Eliseo Medina, Dae Joong Yoon, and Cristian Avila, pitched a tent outside of the Washington Mall to begin their Fast for Families calling the nation’s attention to the moral crisis caused by our broken immigration system. Today marks a national day of action where thousands in Chicago and across the country are joining them in solidarity—including me. Fasting is a small act of sacrifice in light of the immense economic and social harms suffered by exploited immigrant workers and torn apart families.