2005-03-04 / Community

Meeks Pledges To Save Social Security

Representative Gregory Meeks has announced that he is committed to protect Social Security.

At a workshop for elected officials in Albany this weekend, Meeks signed a public “Pledge” to his constituents that he would oppose any privatization plan that would cut guaranteed benefits or divert money from the Social Security trust fund to pay for private accounts.

“The proposed privatization of social security would undermine the financial security of future retirees, disabled workers and children who have lost a parent. Not only would the change run the deficit even further into the ground, but individual recipients would also suffer from benefit cuts across the board. I am opposed to the President’s plan and I am committed to strengthening social security and preserving the rights of working people,” said Meeks.

“Social Security is a promise, kept from generation to generation, guaranteeing dignity and independence,” said Bertha Lewis, co-chair of the Working Families Party, who also spoke at the Albany meeting, which was part of the annual Black and Puerto Rican Legislators 2005 Legislative Conference. “Social Security is the closest thing our government has to a sacred trust.”

The Working Families Party, Citizen Action of New York, Communications Workers of America and more than 20 other organizations, have formed the IN THIS TOGETHER campaign to urge New York’s Congressional Representatives to defend Social Security.

“We can count on Greg Meeks to stand up for working families,” said Lewis. “It’s some of his colleagues we’re worried about.” The IN THIS TOGETHER campaign is targeting nine Republican members of Congress who have been receptive to President Bush’s plan to cut guaranteed benefits and divert Social Security trust fund money into private accounts. Lewis urged the meeting to get involved in “the fight to keep the promise of Social Security.”

IN THIS TOGETHER is organizing in districts across New York to make sure congressional representatives pledge to oppose any plan that would (1) reduce Social Security’s guaranteed benefits, (2) divert Social Security contributions to private accounts, (3) increase the national debt, or (4) increase the retirement age.

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