AFSCME Council 18

Celebrating Social Security's Birthday

by Miles Conway, Communications Specialist for AFSCME Council 18

You would think a 77-year-old taking care of 54 million souls would show signs of weakening or slowing down. Quite the contrary, the Social Security Act of 1935 is looking strong and fit in spite of constant attacks by privileged elites who’ll never have need of the modest safety net it provides for retired Americans AND their families.

On August 14, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Democratic Candidate for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional Seat, joined union members from AFGE, AFSCME, CWA, New Mexico Federation of Labor, and candidate for NM House D13 Patricia Roybal Caballero at an event organized by the New Mexico Alliance for Retired Americans.

Revelers heard from Candidate Grisham, Leroy Aragon of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Barbara Pardo of AFSCME retirees, and Jon Hendry, President of the New Mexico Federation of Labor.

Speakers rallied attendees, reminding us that constant vigilance will be necessary to protect the approx $2.7 trillion Social Security trust fund from greedy investors literally salivating at the prospect of privatizing the fund and making for the Wall Street casino with America’s nest egg.


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