Action Alert #91 - Town Hall Meetings and Demonstrations 1

(Sorry this is late for this week, but you can always use this information)

Congress is in recess for this week, until Monday Feb. 27th. Your Representative will be in town and will be holding public meetings. (If yours is not one of those in hiding) There are quite a few things to talk about, but you can try to get a word in edgewise if you plan ahead.

There are many serious issues this year: Social Security, Medicare, Women’s Health, the ACA, climate change, pollution, but please BE BOLD about letting people know about OUR ISSUES: the WEP which already makes huge cuts in earned Social Security benefits and the GPO which currently eliminates ALL earned retirement benefits for half a million women (and a smaller number of men).

We have something to yell about!

Below are some tools to help you make the point. You can find more on our website:

1. A fact sheet you can give to your legislator or use for ideas.

2. Call your Representative and find out when they will have town hall meetings. Save their DC and home district numbers on your phone. Find them at www.house.gov

3. Do the same with your Senators. www.senate.gov

4. Figure out your story. The “I” comments are most powerful. Think about these:
—-“I was never told I would not be getting the amount on the SS yearly statements.” (this seemed to affect members of the SS Sub-Committee)
—-“In our divorce, I had to give my husband half my pension, but I get none of his Social Security.”
—-“My husband was in the service, and we travelled a lot, so I never was able to contribute much to Social Security. Later, my City Clerk position paid no Social Security and only a small pension. Because of the government Pension Offset I lose BOTH spousal benefits, and because of the Windfall Elimination Provision I lose a lot of what I earned myself.”
—-“I retired awhile ago, and my teacher pension isn’t very big, but it is enough to make a big cut in the Social Security I earned working in other jobs when I was younger.”

5. Prepare what you are going to say, and plan what you will do.
Here we have linked “Indivisible’s” guide to planning your attendance at a town hall.

6. Here are two letter-size signs you can print out. Please share any new signs that you can think of. They can be stapled onto a wooden paint stirrer or just held up, depending on the rules of the demonstration you are attending.

For SSFairness

They already took mine

8 Comments

  1. You almost had something going there, with a bill # (don’t remember it) and everything was set to be voted on. But tabled it because it wasn’t “good enough”? Sad – this unfair taking of money we’ve earned through our contributions and our employers contributions has got to stop. I want my full social security money when I retire. Who exactly are the people that tabled this bill?

  2. I believe in what Social Security Fairness has been doing.
    However, I believed this to be non-partisan.

    I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED THAT YOU ARE PROMOTING A POLITICAL AGENDA.
    NOT ALL EDUCATORS OR OTHERS ARE ENDORSING A LIBERAL POSITION.
    THIS SHOULD BE AN AMERICAN POSITION NOT A POLITICAL PARTY POSITION.

    FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN AT TOWN HALLS, I WOULD NOT WANT TO BE A PART OF THE YELLING AND SHOUTING GOING ON.

    THIS IS GOING TO HURT WHAT IS TRYING TO BE ACCOMPLISHED

    1. Elizabeth, you are making a very good point. We have tried to remain as nonpartisan as possible. Unfortunately, right now the Democrats are the ones making noise about expanding Social Security, and the Social Security budget will have to be expanded in order to accommodate repealing GPO and WEP. So we are supporting the expansion of Social Security. Obviously, we need Republicans to support the Repeal, and Rodney Davis(R) from Illinois has introduced a new repeal bill for us. I believe that as we see more demands for expanding Social Security, there will be more opportunity for repeal of these unjust laws.

  3. I believe the best way to get rid of these offsets is for everyone to be in social security. Social Security works best when everyone is in it. Support mandatory participation for everyone. I have two jobs both in social security and I figured I would get a 1,000 social security benefit from each job that I worked on but because I worked at two jobs I do not get both social security benefits i.e. two 1,000 each but about 1300. Social Security benefits are very progressive; the more you put in, the less your rate of return will be. We need to get rid of that. Pensions do not have this progressive benefit in the formula.

  4. I’m sick of the whole thing! The majority of Americans don’t even know what these laws are, let alone care, because they are not effected. No one in our government wants to deal with this matter on either side of the aisle.

    Letter writing does no good, neither do phone calls to legislators. I have written letters, made phone calls, only to be given the pat answer, “I’ll look into it”. They never do anything.

    Can anyone tell me who, where, and when these laws were passed? Why are some States exempt? All I know is that, I was never told about this until I went to collect SS at age 65. I worked a total of 48 years in education and in the public sector. Now, 71 and female, I’m living on a small teacher’s pension and less than a quarter of earned Social Security benefits, I see no help in sight.

    1. Linda A Windhorst I agree with everything you say. My attorney and I filed an appeal in October, 2016 and as of today March 19, 2017 I have received no response from Social Security other than acknowledging my appeal. I can’t even get my Congressman and one of my Senators in Ohio to support appeal of WEP/GPO. I have contacted local/national media and many civil rights organizations with no response. For more info that I believe you want on WEP/GPO check out ssfairness.org/faq. But beware, a lot of what you see will upset you even more.

    2. Thank you for your response. Out of sight, out of mind! Old adage but so true.

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