Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans to Form Human Chain at Commerce and W 4th Streets to Protest the Chained CPI Social Security Cut



Statewide rallies by a broad-based coalition of citizen organizations oppose cutting Social Security


“Some Cuts Never Heal”


WATERLOOOn Tuesday, July 2nd, the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans will hold protests across the state as part of a national day of action focused on opposing the chained CPI Social Security benefit cut. The chained CPI would cut Social Security benefits by changing the cost of living adjustment (COLA) formula – and some cuts never heal! The Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans is a statewide grassroots advocacy organization representing more than 38,000 across the state.


Members of the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans will work together to create a human chain in front of 531 Commerce Street in downtown Waterloo to protest the chained CPI. More than 40 human chains will be formed in front of key Congressional offices and Federal buildings, as well as other strategic locations around the country.


The chained CPI is an immediate Social Security benefit cut, and it would result in an annual benefit that is roughly $1,000 (2012 dollars) lower by the time a beneficiary reaches age 85. Activists will stress that the chained CPI does not accurately account for large health care cost increases faced by seniors and people with disabilities. For more on the chained CPI, click here.

WHEN:   Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 12:00 PM

WHERE: Commerce and W. 4th, Waterloo, Iowa; Click here to view a list of similar

                events taking place across the country.

SPEAKERS: Norm Sterzenbach, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans

                      Chris Schwartz, Americans for Democratic Action-Iowa

                      Sue Dinsdale, Iowa Citizen Action Network

WHO: Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, AFSCME Iowa Council 61, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Iowa CCI, Americans for Democratic Action-Iowa, Progress Iowa, South Central Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, Black Hawk Union Council AFL-CIO, AFSCME Retiree Chapter 61, Working Families Win, League of United Latin American Citizens Council 306, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Raging Grannies




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