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Ida May Fuller (b. September 6, 1874 – d. January 31, 1975) was the first American to receive a monthly benefit Social Security check. She received the check, amounting to $22.54, on January 31, 1940.

America is a community. We look out for each other as a nation. We build schools for our children, fund police for our safety and provide a secure retirement for our grandparents.  We don’t toss aside our seniors when they need our help the most. Instead, each generation of American workers invests in the Social Security Trust Fund under the guarantee that someday when they retire or get too sick to work, the Trust Fund will be there for them.

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In Social Security We Trust


National Women's Law Center - Don't Discount Women: Social Security Is Women's Security
Did you hear?
This morning the Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report. Here’s the bottom line: Social Security is still going strong.
Even with no changes to the current program, Social Security can pay 100 percent of promised benefits for the next 20 years, and 77 percent of promised benefits after that.
We need your help to get this positive message about Social Security out far and wide. The sad fact is that there are entire organizations (and even some wealthy individuals) dedicated to weakening public support for Social Security. That’s why we need your help to share this image and let people know that they can still count on Social Security. Share it on Facebook now.Infographic - Social Security Will Be There When We Need ItYou can:

Why is the news about Social Security especially good news for women? Consider this — women 65 and older rely on Social Security for more than half their family income. Minority women disproportionately rely on Social Security disability benefits. And without Social Security, nearly half of all women 65 and older, and more than 1.1 million additional children, would be poor.
It’s true that there’s a long-term Social Security shortfall. But there are ways to close that financing gap — like having the highest earners pay their fair share by paying payroll tax on all of their earnings.
The new Trustees’ Report proves that we can still trust in Social Security.
Let’s share this image and let everyone know!
Thank you for all that you do.
Sincerely,

Joan Entmacher  Joan Entmacher Vice President, Family Economic Security National Women’s Law Center    

P.S. Check out this blog post for more details on the Social Security Trustees’ Report.

Safe, Stable, and Secure


 

America is a community. We look out for each other as a nation. We build schools for our children, fund police for our safety and provide a secure retirement for our grandparents. We don’t toss aside our seniors when they need our help the most. Instead, each generation of American workers invests in the Social Security Trust Fund under the guarantee that someday when they retire or get too sick to work, the Trust Fund will be there for them.

Now, our community is coming under right-wing attack.

Republicans in the House are chomping at the bit to gut Social Security, threatening to raise the retirement age and cut benefits that millions of seniors depend on to survive. Claiming Social Security is in crisis is simply not true, but that doesn’t stop Republicans from saying it. Even with no changes to the system, reports show Social Security can pay out full benefits until at least 2037.

That’s why cutting benefits now, including raising the retirement age, must remain completely off the table. Social Security is the economic backbone of a retirement free from poverty and homelessness for aging and sick Americans no longer able to work. Raising the retirement age is a job-killer for young Americans while cuts to benefits will force the elderly to choose between food and rent. That is not the America we believe in and we will do everything in our power to stop cuts from happening.

But stopping cuts should not be good enough. We can do better.

Right now, Bill Gates doesn’t pay the same percentage of his income into Social Security that most Americans pay. Neither does Tom Cruise , Donald Trump or for that matter even President Obama. The reason why: the Social Security payroll tax is capped at $106,800 per individual costing tax payers billions of dollars in lost revenue from the people most able to invest. The cap risks the long-term health of the program while effectively giving wealthier Americans a tax cut.

Join me in calling on Congress to keep Social Security safe, stable, and secure for generations to come.

Please add your name now

http://act.democracyforamerica.com/go/435?akid=415.1612139.MVNkpw&t=2

This isn’t just any new campaign. We’re building off the success of our “Hands Off Social Security” campaign last year that helped defeat the reckless proposals created by the Deficit Commission. Now, we’re pulling out all the stops and going on offense.

It’s never been more important to stand up and fight than now. Right-wing Republicans are willing to do anything to tear down Social Security. They’re talking about shutting down the government, holding the debt ceiling hostage. Whatever it takes to destroy Social Security and prop up big banks, insurance companies and Wall Street, they’re going to do it.

We’re building on our biggest campaign ever to stop them and it starts today. The first step is to deliver a message that Americans are unified and standing strong against cuts while fighting for improvements. Can you help us get to 100,000 signatures by the end of the month to launch the campaign and send Congress and the President a message?

Yes! I want to join the campaign

http://act.democracyforamerica.com/go/435?akid=415.1612139.MVNkpw&t=2

We believe in a strong community that will keep Social Security safe, stable and secure for generations to come and we will stand up to make it happen.

Thank you for taking action today.

-Jim

Jim Dean, Chair

Democracy for America