"Raising the retirement age would inflict further hardship among a group of workers who are likely to face health and economic problems in their 60s." –Doug Hart, President, Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans
"Of all the lies and confusion that still surround the Affordable Care Act, perhaps the greatest is that it is bad for seniors." - Dave Meinell, President, Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans
"My father died when I was three. Because of Social Security (survivors) benefits, my Mom, my younger sister and I survived." – Diane Fleming, DC Alliance Member
"We fear that Congress will balance the budget on the backs of the 98 percent, which is working Montanans and retired Montanans. We simply cannot afford these devastating cuts to vital services such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid," –John Forkan, President, Montana Alliance for Retired Americans
"Along with national parks and Social Security, Medicare is one of the best ideas we Americans have ever devised." -Tim Cunningham, New Mexico Alliance Member
"Seniors have earned and deserve their Social Security checks, and they shouldn't have to go to Congress every 10 years and beg for the program to be renewed." –James Parent, Alliance for Retired Americans Regional Board Member
"Today's retirees paid Medicare and Social Security taxes in every paycheck we ever earned. Now that we are retired, these programs help us to be able to stay healthy and pay our bills. They are the promise we make to people who worked hard all their lives, and we need to keep that promise for today’s workers." –Tony Fransetta, President, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans
"Today's seniors want to lower the budget deficit. We do not want a large debt to be the legacy we leave to future generations, but we should not punish people who have paid Social Security taxes all their lives." –Jim Moore, President, North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans
"Social Security should remain what it has been for 77 years – a solid, reliable way that generations of workers have been able to retire with dignity, economic security, and peace of mind." –Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
"The fight for Social Security and Medicare is part of a larger fight for justice and fairness"—Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
"The health insurance reform helps not just seniors, but also middle-class families and young Americans, who are just starting to see the benefits. Don’t let Republicans take all that away." –Don Rowen, President Emeritus, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans
"Honoring the promise of Social Security and Medicare should not be a partisan issue. Honoring the contributions that we make throughout our working years so that we may feed and clothe ourselves, keep a roof over our heads and those of our family, there is no reason for that to be a hotly contested partisan issue." –Edward Coyle, Executive Director, Alliance for Retired Americans
"We need to make sure that people who need Social Security to make ends meet will have it, and not fall victim to ill-informed and unnecessary cuts to these vital programs."
–Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
August 28th, 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic march on Washington. In commemoration of the anniversary, Washington DC will host a week of events dedicated to King’s vision of equality, freedom, and justice.
On Saturday, August 24th the “50th Anniversary March on Washington Realize the Dream March & Rally: Jobs, Justice, and Freedom” will be held on the National Mall from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Alliance members from around the country will be participating in the march. Many of them will be traveling great distances to do so, including Tony Fransetta, President of the Florida Alliance, who is traveling 1,000 miles and 36 hours round trip to attend the march.
The rally, with an expected attendance of at least 100,000, will be convened by the National Action Network and co-convened by a wide variety of progressive organizations, including several unions affiliated with the Alliance for Retired Americans, including: American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Communications Workers of America (CWA), International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), International Union of Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees and Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (UNITEHERE!), and United Steelworkers (USW.)
Speakers at the rally will include Rev. Al Sharpton, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressman John Lewis, Randi Weingarten, President of AFT, Lee Saunders, President of AFSCME and Mary Kay Henry, International President of SEIU.
In addition to the rally, events during the week will include the “Let Freedom Ring and Call to Action” ceremony on Wednesday, August 28th, which will include a speech by President Barack Obama at the Lincoln Memorial. Additionally, there will be a “Global Freedom Festival” on the National Mall from August 25th – 27th.