FEB. CHAPTER MEETING -- 12:30 PM (30 minutes earlier than usual)
With threats of cutbacks and privatization, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other safety net programs are under the gun. With a heightened sense of urgency, the February chapter meeting will focus on the defense and expansion of these programs.
Eric Kingson, one of the preeminent scholars of Social Security and activist for its defense and expansion -- and that of other safety net programs, will speak. Kingson, professor of social work at Syracuse University, was founding co-director of Social Security Works (www.socialsecurity-works.org ), and co-chairs the Strengthen Social Security Campaign (www.strengthensocialsecurity.org ), a coalition of over 300 national and state organizations. Together with Nancy Altman, he has written an excellent overview, defense and blueprint for the expansion of Social Security: Social Security Works -- Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All! He has served on two presidential commissions as a policy advisor on issues of aging.
The second half of the meeting will focus on plans to advocate for the defense and expansion of the safety net, organizing visits to the district offices of every Congressman in the NYC Metropolitan Area.
Note that chapter meeting will meet half an hour earlier than usual at 12:30 pm.