Retirees demonstrate against proposed cuts to Social Security
Thousands of retirees across the nation took a stand this month against a proposal that would reduce Social Security benefits for all recipients. Nearly 2,800 people rallied and created human chains in front of key congressional offices and federal buildings in more than 50 cities nationwide. The participants were links in the “Human Chain Against the Chained CPI,” a national day of protest. The chained CPI is the Obama administration’s proposed formula to reduce Social Security cost-of-living increases as part of a “grand bargain” with Republicans on the federal budget for fiscal 2014.
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TEACH Conference: Reclaiming the promise of public schools
This is a crucial moment when we must reclaim the promise of public education—not as it is today or as it was in the past, but as it needs to be in order to fulfill our collective obligation to help all children succeed. That was the message that AFT president Randi Weingarten took to the 2013 AFT TEACH Conference in a keynote address that laid a bold marker that called on stakeholders to cut through the "education wars" have resulted in frustration and fatigue over competing theories of reform that have generated noise but not the progress communities want if they are to provide all children with the education they need and deserve.
The AFT president called on educators to join with parents and community partners nationwide in an effort to reclaim the promise of public education and, in so doing, to fulfill our collective responsibility to enable individual opportunity for all children.
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March on Washington about continuation, not commemoration
Civil rights, labor, faith-based and community groups are mobilizing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant moments in U.S. history—the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This year's march will take place Aug. 24 and be followed by a week of activities and events. "The need for political and economic rights is stronger than ever," said AFT president Randi Weingarten. Several presentations at this year's AFT TEACH conference showcased the upcoming event.
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ESEA heats up in Congress
The so-called Student Success Act, which passed the House in a partisan vote on July 19, dramatically slashes resources for schools; takes away funding for disadvantaged students, English language learners and other students—and does nothing to stop pervasive overtesting. The AFT launched a radio, online and print ad buy targeting Republicans in Congress who are pushing for this deeply flawed approach to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The bill, AFT president Randi Weingarten warns, “betrays the fundamental promise we make to our children—that all children deserve a high-quality public education that enables them to not only dream their dreams, but achieve them.”
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Ask "Dear Marci"
In this edition of “Dear Marci,” Peggy writes: “My father was recently taken to the hospital. He was told he was a hospital outpatient. What is the difference between a hospital inpatient and outpatient?
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Happy Birthday, Medicare!
On July 30, the country will celebrate 48 years of Medicare, which has provided care and security for millions of seniors. The Alliance for Retired Americans will use the occasion to spark a national movement to defend and strengthen the program and the protections it provides. The Medicare Drug Savings Act (S. 740 in the Senate and H.R. 1588 in the House of Representatives), introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), would save Medicare $140 billion by eliminating the loophole that blocks the program from negotiating with big pharmaceutical companies for cheaper drugs. You can support this legislation and read stories from members about their healthcare concerns, and why shifting more costs onto beneficiaries would be a disaster.