To all NOW leaders,
As I'm sure you are aware, the co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released their proposal last week that, if enacted, would dramatically cut Social Security benefits, including an increase in the retirement age to 69. The full Commission is to announce its recommendations on December 1.
Here is an analysis (PDF) by the Strengthen Social Security coalition, of which NOW serves on the Steering Committee. Our coalition is moving full-steam ahead to mobilize the public over the next three weeks to make sure that Social Security is not cut one dime. Our focus is on Commission members, on members of Congress who can influence the Commission, and on the media.
One thing you can do right away is write a letter to the editor of your local paper. The coalition has drafted 10 sample letters to the editor -- so you can send a different one to each of the papers in your area. :) You can view samples here (PDF). Remember to personalize your letter so your paper is more likely to publish it.
In addition, Nov. 30 will be a National Call-in Day to Congress. We want to flood Capitol Hill with tens of thousands of calls. The message: no benefit cuts to Social Security, including raising the retirement age. As soon as possible, we will send you an email that you can forward to your NOW activists, friends, family, co-workers, etc, with more information including a script, an 800 number, and instructions.
Thank you so much for all your work on this crucial issue. We must not let the Commission push millions of women out of the middle class and into poverty by cutting Social Security benefits!
In sisterhood and solidarity,
Terry O'Neill, President
National Organization for Women