Today, Social Security
turns 76 years old!
For over three-quarters of a century, Social Security has remained a
promise of economic protection and stability for the Americans who have
paid into this program. Social Security is America's most successful social
insurance program and remains the most fiscally responsible part of our
federal budget. Yet, it still remains a primary target for budget cuts.
With the appointments of the 12 member “Super Congress” charged with
reducing the federal deficit by at least $1.5 trillion over the next ten
years, Social Security and other vital safety net programs are in clear and
present danger and are at risks of imminent cuts. So we must continue
fighting to ensure that Social Security is not weakened.
honor the 76th anniversary of Social Security and in the spirit
of our Gray Panthers’ legacy, we are launching our Fight Truth Decay Social Security Media Watch!
Our founder, Maggie Kuhn, said
we need to be “watchdogs” that bark when danger is near. Gray Panther media
watchdogs are needed to report and challenge lies about Social Security
they observe in news media.
In order to Fight Truth
Decay, first you have to know the facts! Click here to see our resource about some of the common
lies and misconceptions often spread about Social Security. Once you are
armed with the truth, here are the simple actions you can take to help
Fight Truth Decay through our Social Security Media Watch:
Become familiar with the truth and facts about Social Security. That way,
as soon as your hear a lie or falsehood about the program, you will be
ready and able to fight back with the truth.
Recruit and orient other activists to become Social Security Media
Pay close attention to the multiple media sources (i.e., website, blog,
Facebook, video, etc). When you hear a lie about Social Security, document
your observation (who, what and when).
Contact media source and demand that corrections be made! You can do this
calling, writing a letter, submitting an op-ed, or even visiting the office
of the media source.
After you have taken action, please report the lies you catch and your response to us
here or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Watchdog reports will be
posted on our website.
are counting on you to help us Fight Truth Decay by challenging news media to make
corrections and report the truth about Social Security! Social Security is facing perhaps
the greatest threat in its history, and we need you to join us in our
effort to dispel the Right Wing's myths and lies about the program. We
believe that getting the truth out about Social Security will help
galvanize public support to strengthen, not weaken it.
Panthers appreciates your support in working towards our vision of social
and economic justice for ALL people.
are continuously working to make sure that the growl of the Gray Panthers
is heard loud and clear. You can help by spreading the word about Gray Panthers and
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