Skip to content

Be part of a music video to help protect and expand Social Security, America’s best-loved social insurance plan!

March 9, 2015

wtid-video-spotlightWho: Hopefully you! No previous acting experience required (thought it’s great if you have), but you should be game to try something new and fun regardless. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome – families too!

Organizers: This video is being produced by Social Security Works – Washington and the Economic Opportunity Institute, in collaboration with Reel Grrls Productions.

What: Building on the wild success of the rap video Scrap the Cap (We’re Movin’ In), we’re seeking volunteers to appear in a country music video for a new song called: “(Don’t Wanna) Work ‘Til I Die”. Once completed, the video will be posted on social media and websites all over the country by people and organizations working to protect and expand Social Security.

When: A few hours during one Sunday in April. The exact date is weather-dependent, but will be either April 12th, 19th or 26th. Volunteers will get a confirmed date and time range with several days’ notice.

Where: Orting, WA (50 mins. south of Seattle, 30 mins. southeast of Tacoma). Exact location/address will be given to confirmed volunteers.

You’ll Need:

  1. Personal transportation to and from the location;
  2. Personal clothing (some volunteers will be asked to wear work attire, others casual/weekend clothes);
  3. A signed media release (provided when you arrive on set);
  4. To be on-site for the duration of the time specified (there will be busy times, and slack times); and
  5. A willingness to take direction as requested by the director/producer.

You’ll Receive: A really unique and fun experience, your name in the credits, and the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping protect and expand Social Security: America’s best-loved social insurance plan!

To Join In: Send an email to wtid@eoionline.org that includes:

  1. Your name(s)
  2. A photo of you (and your friends/family if they’re coming too)
  3. Your availability for each of the days noted above
  4. Best phone number to reach you

Please forward this post widely – especially to fun-loving friends who are game to try something new and enjoy being on camera!

Free public forum in Seattle on the future of Social Security

May 14, 2014

A growing national movement to strengthen and expand Social Security is taking hold, pushing back against decades of misinformation and political attacks by opponents.

Join us for a free public forum on the future of America’s pension — Social Security — on Wednesday June 4th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Bethany United Church of Christ (Beacon Hill). Featured speakers include: Terry O’Neill, National President of NOW; Rep. Adam Smith, D-WA, 9th District; and Marilyn Watkins, Policy Director, Economic Opportunity Institute.

You’ll get an update on the status of the Social Security system and learn about legislation that will strengthen Social Security for the remainder of this century: the “Strengthening Social Security Act” (House Resolution 3118 and Senate Bill 567).

As the nation’s most efficient, fair, secure and universal source of retirement income, life insurance, and disability insurance available in the United States, Social Security is of critical importance to every American. Join us to learn how we can work together to address the nation’s retirement savings crisis, strengthen family protections for all generations, and secure Social Security financing for generations to come.

Download a flyer here »

Free public forum in Bellingham on the future of Social Security

May 14, 2014

A growing national movement to strengthen and expand Social Security is taking hold, pushing back against decades of misinformation and political attacks by opponents.

Join us for a free public forum on the future of America’s pension — Social Security — on Thursday, June 5th from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Syre Center at Whatcom Community College. Featured speakers include: Terry O’Neill, National President of NOW; Rep. Rick Larsen, D-WA, 2nd District; and Marilyn Watkins, Policy Director, Economic Opportunity Institute.

You’ll get an update on the status of the Social Security system and learn about legislation that will strengthen Social Security for the remainder of this century: the “Strengthening Social Security Act” (House Resolution 3118 and Senate Bill 567).

As the nation’s most efficient, fair, secure and universal source of retirement income, life insurance, and disability insurance available in the United States, Social Security is of critical importance to every American. Join us to learn how we can work together to address the nation’s retirement savings crisis, strengthen family protections for all generations, and secure Social Security financing for generations to come.

Download a flyer (with map and directions) here »

Watch: Social Security’s Role in Solving the Retirement Income Crisis

October 30, 2013

“We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the children, working families, the sick and the poor. We’re not going to do that.” – Senator Bernie Sanders 

Today, John Burbank, EOI executive director, and Dean Baker, EOI board member, joined Social Security Works, lawmakers and experts from around the country to share research and strategies for the protection and expansion of Social Security.

The event coincided with the release of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Social Security cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) – a mere 1.5% which equates to about $19 a year.  Social Security accounts for more than 90 percent of income for 40 percent of U.S. seniors and it makes up more than half of the income of 70 percent of seniors. In Washington state, Social Security provided benefits to 1,164,430 Washingtonians or 16.9 percent of residents. Social Security also lifted 395,000 Washingtonians out of poverty in 2011.

Our nation’s budget negotiators are considering disastrous proposals like the chained CPI or a 3 percent benefits cut, despite the fact that Americans widely support expanding, not cutting, Social Security – even in hyper-red states like Texas and Kentucky.  You can check out video of the full conference below. Remarks from Senator Bernie Sanders and other lawmakers start at 3:29:00.

Contest Backfires on Social Security Privatizer

July 10, 2013

(via AFL-CIO Now)

Oh, the sweet irony.

Pete Peterson is the conservative billionaire who is a major financier in the effort to dismantle, cut and privatize Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Recently he and his foundation held a contest asking folks to submit videos on why it is important to “fix” the national debt of which, he and his foundation falsely claim, Social Security is a major contributor.

Sometimes the best-laid plans for a propaganda campaign can go awry. The winner of the $500 grand prize determined by popular vote on the website came from the completely opposite side of Peterson’s cut Social Security argument.

The “Just Scrap the Cap” winning video features rapping seniors rhyming their way to the conclusion that the way to shore up Social Security’s long-term finances isn’t through cuts or privatization but by scrapping the payroll tax cap on Social Security. That means billionaires like Peterson and rich CEOs would pay the same Social Security tax that low- to upper-middle-income workers do. Currently, any income above the $113,700 cap is exempt from the Social Security tax.

Peterson’s check went to Robby Stern of Social Security Works, the group that produced the video. Stern signed it over to Social Security Works and said:

“We will use the $500 to finance our education efforts and our Scrap the Cap campaign. We want to save Social Security from Peterson and his band of wealthy supporters.”

Retiree group protests Social Security Chained CPI proposal in Conway, SC

July 8, 2013

From WPDE News Channel 15 in Conway, South Carolina

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 102 other followers

%d bloggers like this: