On July 2nd, the Alliance sponsored a National Day of Action to elevate grassroots voices in the battle to protect and enhance retirement security. We formed human chains in front of key Congressional offices, Federal buildings and other strategic locations in states around the country. It was a large and powerful Human Chain against the Chained CPI

50+ events

2000+ participants

Countless news clips rolling in


Arizona - KOLD-TV (CBS): Tucson retirees form human chain outside Sen. Flake's office
The Republic: Proposed change could reduce seniors' benefits

California - KSEE-TV (ABC): Valley Retired Residents Hit the Road to Protest Possible Medicare, Social Security Cuts
Berkeley Daily Planet: Rally to Protect Our Vital Programs
KWHY-TV (Mundo Fox): Protestan Por Recortes
KNX-AM: Protesters in LA form a long human chain
Indybay: Social Security is our right we will not give up this fight!

Connecticut - WTNH-TV (ABC): Seniors protest proposed Social Security cut                                   Hartford Courant: Retirees Will Protest Social Security Plans
New Haven Independent: Protesters: Keep Social Security Unchained
The Register Citizen: Connecticut retirees protest possible Social Security cut    
New Haven Register: New Haven retirees protest possible Social Security cut (video)

Florida - The Palm Beach Post: Seniors to Protest Social Security Benefit Changes
The Tampa Tribune: Henderson: Rubio's problems don't end with immigration     

Iowa - Cedar Falls Courier: Foes of Social Security change to protest                                                
Des Moines Register: Liberal groups to protest ‘chained CPI’ reform to Social Security Tuesday
Radio Iowa: Protest of “chained CPI” at Federal Building in Des Moines
WOI-TV (CBS): Human Chain Formed in Protest   
Des Moines Register: Protest targets proposed cuts to Social Security benefits    
WHO-TV (NBC): Human Chain: Retirees Protest Inflation Changes     

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Indiana - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Retirees plan protest chain today at federal building      
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Protesters link up to oppose chained CPI     
WIBC Radio (FOX): Protestors Speak Out Against Chained CPI      
WFIU Radio (NPR): Protestors Decry Linking Social Security To Cost Of Living       
The Herald Bulletin: Retirees oppose Social Security cuts outside Anderson City Hall     
WISH-TV (CBS): Retirees demonstrate against proposed Social Security reductions       
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Protesters oppose chains on benefits       
WBAA Radio (NPR): Seniors rally against Social Security changes      

Maine - Seniors Worried About Change in Social Security Benefits 

Maryland - Baltimore Post-Examiner: Social Security Cuts: Baltimore’s AFL-CIO Fred Mason is ‘Mad as Hell’ 

Missouri - KSHB-TV (NBC): Group Protests Proposed Changes to Social Sec.
KMOX Radio (CBS): Seniors Protest Possible Social Security Change  

Montana - KTVH-TV (NBC): Retirees and workers formed human chain against Social Security cuts    
KXLH-TV (CBS): Some Montanans protest proposed Social Security change    
KTVQ-TV (CBS): Some Montanans protest proposed Social Security change    
KXLH-TV (CBS): Chained CPI 

Nebraska - Star Herald: Groups in Neb. to protest Social Security change       
KHAS-TV (NBC): Protesters Concerned About Changes To Social Security Changes    
KLKN-TV (ABC): Dozens rally against possible Social Security cuts       
Journal Star:
Retired Americans plan Tuesday rally   
Omaha World Herald/AP: Groups to protest Social Security change       
WOWT-TV (NBC)/AP: "Human Chain" Protests SS Cuts       
NTV-TV (ABC)/AP: Group to Protest Social Security Cuts Around Federal Building   

New Jersey - South Jersey Times: Seniors decry potential changes in Social Security benefits at Rowan      

New Mexico - KRWG TV/FM (NPR): Protest Against Potential Social Security Cuts Tuesday In Albuquerque       

Nevada - KRNV-TV (ABC): Locals protest Social Security cuts     
KTNV-TV (ABC): Social security discussion held in Las Vegas       

New Hampshire - Seniors Magazine: The Chained CPI

New York - WIVB-TV (CBS): Seniors to form human chain in protest    
WBGH-TV (ABC-NBC): Social Security Rally
The Post-Standard: Seniors need to stand together to protect retirement security    
Labor Press: 100 Protest Proposed "Chained CPI" Cuts to Social Security    
Niagara Frontier Publications: Higgins stands with Alliance for Retired Americans to protest chained CPI  

North Carolina - WPDE-TV (ABC): Retiree group protests Social Security proposal in Conway   
WNCN-TV (NBC)/AP : Group to protest in front of Hagan office over Social Security proposal     
WLOS-TV (ABC)/AP: Retiree group protests Social Security proposal       
Triangle Business Journal: Retirees protest proposed SS changes       

Ohio - The Plain Dealer: Human chain protests proposed Social Security changes         
The Crescent-News: Protest - Downtown Defiance
People's World: Ohioans "chain" Cleveland Public Square to protest Social Security cuts

Rhode Island - Providence Journal: Senior citizens say thanks

South Carolina - Examiner: Two July 2 'Human Chains' for Social Security in South Carolina
Charleston City Paper: Human chain protests Social Security benefit cuts      
WCSC-TV (CBS)/AP: Retiree group protests Social Security proposal ~ This clip also aired on WHNS-TV (FOX), WCIV-TV (ABC), WMBF-TV (NBC), WPDE-TV (ABC), WSAV-TV (NBC), WCBD-TV (NBC), WTOC-TV (NBC), WJBF-TV (ABC), WMBF-TV (NBC) and appeared in The Charlotte Observer, Enquirer-Herald, Lake Wylie Pilot, The Daily Reflector, The York Dispatch, Daytona Beach News-Journal, The Ledger, Herald Tribune, Charleston City Paper, Island Herald, The Sun News, Independent Mail and SC Now.
Summerville Patch: Human Chain Against Chained CPI' on July 2        

Virginia - The Virginian-Pilot: Protesting a Cut to Social Security       

Vermont - VTDigger: Vermont Alliance for Retired Americans to form human chain to protest Social Security CPI change   
Burlington Free Press: Rally decries Social Security benefit cuts      

Washington - The Olympian: Alliance for Retired holds demonstration at state Capitol grounds to protect Social Security COLAs       

Wisconsin - Wisconsin Public Radio: Senior citizens protest chained CPI in Social Security
WEAU-TV (NBC): Seniors protest potential Social Security cuts
Green Bay Press Gazette: Retirees form human chain to protest chained CPI       
Superior Telegram: Senior citizens protest chained CPI in Social Security   
Appleton Post-Crescent: Protesters form chain around Ribble's office to oppose Social Security proposal    

Facts about chained CPI:

  • It’s a Social Security benefit cut! It’s not just a simple technical change
    without any impact – it’s an immediate, real cut to the benefits you have earned every
    year into the future.
  • It is NOT just a small benefit cut! Switching to a chained CPI would compound
    benefit reductions dramatically over time, resulting in an annual benefit that is roughly
    $1,000 (2012 dollars) lower by the time a beneficiary reaches age 85.
  • We need a higher COLA – not a lower one! The current COLA is not enough – it
    does not accurately account for large health care cost increase faced by seniors and
    people with disabilities.

To learn more, check out our Chained CPI Fact Sheet.