Seniors and Unions Join Forces to Rally Against Cuts to Social Security

Hundreds of seniors and union activists rallied at the Wang Theatre to warn Congress’s deficit-cutting Super Committee to stay away from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Mass. Senior Action, AARP Massachusetts, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, the Greater Boston Labor Council, many local unions, and several other senior activist groups helped organize the event. The Super Committee is looking for ways to cut the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion, and Republicans have urged cuts to safety-net programs, which Democrats have signaled they’d consider in exchange for tax increases on the wealthy. But for now the committee members are at a standoff, and it’s uncertain whether they’ll be able to reach a deal by their Nov. 23 deadline. The rally in Boston follows a Monday protest in Chicago, where hundreds of seniors and their supporters joined the Occupy Chicago movement to raise objections to cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and other social programs.  Click the headline to see pictures from the event.  Click here to see a video of President Tolman speaking at the event.

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