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Social Security Coalition Seeks Signatures on Pledge to Protect Retirement Program

The coalition mobilizing to defeat any benefit cuts or privatization of Social Security has created a pledge that they will try to get members of Congress to sign during the August recess. Here is the pledge, in full:

Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. If you pay in, then you earn the right to benefits for yourself, your spouse and your dependent children when you retire, experience a severe disability, or die.

We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part.

The pledge, a sort of left-leaning answer to the Grover Norquist anti-tax pledge, will be presented to members of Congress at town hall events across the country.

The Strengthen Social Security coalition includes over 20 progressive groups, including the nation’s biggest labor unions, Political Action, Democracy for America, the Campaign for America’s Future, the NAACP, the National Organization for Women, the Economic Policy Institute, and more.

MoveOn, which has been among the most active in the Social Security fight in recent weeks, blasted out an email to their members asking them to sign the pledge, so they could put pressure on Democrats in Congress to do so. Last week, MoveOn started running ads against Steny Hoyer for his comments on raising the retirement age, and sent around a fact sheet about the myths surrounding Social Security.

To stop the cuts, we need to send a crystal-clear message to members of Congress: Americans reject benefit cuts, and we expect them to do the same. Can you sign our promise to oppose cuts to Social Security? We’ll use your signature to pressure them to sign a pledge protecting Social Security while they’re home for recess. But we need a strong response to make our point.

MoveOn’s shorter petition says, “I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age.”

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