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Press Release: Seniors Demand: No Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid!

From Margot Smith
Tuesday February 12, 2013 - 10:51:00 AM

Town Hall Meeting - Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 18, 2013 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Humanist Hall – 390 27th Street Oakland, CA 94612

On Presidents’ Day local seniors will send a message to Congress -No Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. Their Town Hall Meeting will take place Monday, February 18th at 1:00 PM at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland. Norman Solomon, author and, activist will headline the event. Other speakers include Jodi Reid, Northern CA CARA Director; Suzy Young from the California Nurses Association; and Rebecca Griffin of the Peace Action West. The activist singing group Occupella will provide rousing entertainment.

The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) is hosting the Town Hall as Washington gears up for a fight over the federal budget. These local seniors are part of a national drive to prevent cuts to vital programs and provide feasible alternatives.

Donald Goldmacher, producer of the documentary “Heist”, will show a clip from his movie. Goldmacher says: “The budget battle in Congress is the latest installment in the right wing's plan to destroy Social Security and keep wages low. We have documented the attack on Social security as a part of a log-standing strategy to eliminate unions and expand corporate rule of our country."

Social Security adds not one penny to the national deficit. “Scrapping the cap” on annual earnings over $113,700 would make Social Security even stronger. The town hall will also advocate for negotiated Medicare drug prices, a tax on stock and bond trades, and cuts to the military budget. Armed with new information attendees will be calling their representatives and urging friends and family to do the same.

The CARA Town Hall is endorsed by The Alameda County Central Labor Council, Move-On East Bay Council, the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, the Gray Panthers, Democratic Socialists of America, East Bay Tax the Rich Group, Bay Area Community Services, Agents for Change, and SEIU 1021 Retirees.


Susan Chacin

510 332-8569