Town Hall Meeting to Protect Social Security and Medicare

Norman Solomon

Local seniors and activists are holding a Town Hall Meeting to say: No Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Monday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. to 4 pm. at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. in Oakland.
Norman Solomon, author, activist, and co-founder of the 210,000-member, will speak at the meeting. Other speakers will include a representative from the California Nurses Association; Jodi Reid, Northern CA CARA Director; and Rebecca Griffin of the Peace Action West.
The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) is hosting the town hall to head off the possibility of cuts.  Many seniors are worried that, despite President Obama’s inaugural call to protect these programs, proposals to make various cuts continue to circulate widely in the lead-up to the congressional battle over the national budget.
“The next few months may be the most dangerous political period for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid since those programs became law,” said Solomon.  “During previous decades, millions of people worked to create and protect those programs; we now have a responsibility to keep faith with them and future generations.”
The town hall will present information about a variety of ways to strengthen Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and discuss other sources of revenue for deficit reduction.
For information contact Susan Chacin at [email protected]