Time to raise Social Security benefits: highlights of Retired Americans Conference

WASHINGTON – The 2015 Alliance for Retired Americans Legislative Conference took place July 7 thru 10. The week began with great speakers and informative workshops for senior and labor activists. It also included “storming Capital Hill” to lobby the Senate and the House on a variety of issues.

Scrapping the cap on taxable income so that the billionaires and millionaires pay their fair share on all their income just as most seniors have to do, was a big issue.

In addition ARA and labor seniors raised fully funding Medicare and Medicaid and not “voucherizing” or privatizing them. Other issues included passionate calls for defeating the TPP trade deal, raising the minimum wage, massive federal infrastructure projects to rebuild the country and millions back to work.

Video highlights here: https://vimeo.com/133583713

 

Ara Legislative Conference Highlights 2015 from Scott Marshall on Vimeo.

Photo: PW


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Scott Marshall
Scott Marshall

Scott Marshall is a vice chair of the Communist Party and chair of its Labor Commission. Scott grew up in Virginia where he first became active in the civil rights movement in high school, working on voter registration and anti-Klan projects in rural Southern Virginia and Tennessee. He was also active against the war in Vietnam.

Scott has been a life long trade unionist and was active in rank and file reform movements in the Teamsters, Machinists and Steelworkers unions in the 1970s and '80s. He was co-chair of the Save Our Jobs committee of USWA local 1834 at Pullman Standard in Chicago and active in nationwide organizing against plant shutdowns and layoffs. He was a founder of the unemployed organization Jobs or Income Now (Join), in Chicago, and the National Congress of Unemployed Organizations in the 1980s.

Scott has worked for the Communist Party since 1987 when he became the district organizer for the party in Illinois, a post he held until he was elected chair of the National Labor Commission in 1997. Scott remains active in SOAR (Steelworkers Active Organized Retirees). He lives in Chicago.

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