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Rep Schakowsky Talks Social Security with Illinois Progressive Organizations

Date: 
06/10/2011

On Friday, June 10th, Representative Schakowsky joined 17 organizations at a meeting sponsored by Citizen Action/Illinois.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the current attacks on Social Security and determine what can be done to stop cuts to this and other critical programs including Medicare.  

In attendance:

UFCW881, ICIRR (Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights), IARA (Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans), Health and Medicine Policy Reaserch Group, DL21C, Women Employed, ADA (Americans for Democratic Action), SEIU Illinois, Shriver Center on Poverty Law, AARP, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Woodstock Institute, AIDs Chicago, Jane Adams Senior Caucus, Access Living, AFSCME31, IL AFL-CIO.

The first part of the meeting focused on the story of Social Security, critical talking points on its purpose and impact, and the strategy behind those trying to kill the program.  After the Steve Max Presentation on Economic Justice and the Attack on the Middle Class, Representative Schakowsky highlighted the discussion going on in Washington DC and what needs to be done to protect critical social programs like Social Security.  The meeting ended with a discussion of what each organizations is doing and how they want to move forward.

It was agreed that participating organizations will work together to increase understanding of the attack on the four pillars (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act), build rapid response teams in key districts, and participate in organizing activities before and during the June and July In-District days for House and Senate members.

During the June and July in-district days, leaders in the 8th, 10th, 11th and 14th districts will bird-dog, attend townhalls, meet with House members and increase their capacity to react quickly.  We will begin with three trainings on what is at stake and how to bird-dog effectively.  Also, we will develop tool kits for folks to use to mobilize their constituents, attend townhalls, and respond to the media.