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UPDATE: 1:30PM:: the event is over now but the video embed will replay for you in case you missed it.  
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Over Two Million Americans Tell Obama: No Cuts to Social Security and Medicare Benefits [LIVESTREAM]


From the Social Security Works web site:
Save our Social Security (SOS)

Social Security is under attack. Only this time it is President Obama who has proposed the benefit cuts in his budget.

The President is set to include a major Social Security cut in his budget on Wednesday, according to confirmed reports in the media. The cut he is proposing is the chained CPI, which would cut Social Security and veterans’ benefits more with each passing year, including for people who are ALREADY receiving benefits. We did not vote for Social Security cuts.

It is time to bring our message to the President. But we need your help to make it happen. Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Progressive organizations representing millions of American who have rejected cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits
What: Delivery of hundreds of thousands petitions to the White House to reject the chained CPI benefit cut
Where: Lafayette Square in front of the The White House
When: 12:30 pm EDT, Tuesday, April 9.

This is an emergency. If the President proposes Social Security cuts in his budget, it can only get worse from there. Our parents, children, friends, and neighbors are counting on us.

From the YouTube/Livestream description text:
Over Two Million Americans Tell Obama: No Cuts to Social Security and Medicare Benefits

Streamed live on Apr 9, 2013
Organizations Representing Tens of Millions of Americans to Deliver Over 2 Million Petition Signatures Directly to the White House Rejecting Cuts to Social Security Benefits

Will Be Joined By U.S. Senator Who Vows to Block Benefit Cuts

Coalition Includes MoveOn.org, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, CREDO, National Organization for Women, Social Security Works, Alliance for Retired Americans, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Democracy For America, Non Commissioned Officers Association, Campaign for America's Future, VetsFirst, a program of United Spinal Association, The Other 98%, Progressives United, Blue America, Rebuild the Dream, and Others

(Washington, DC) -- A United States senator will join organizations representing tens of millions of Americans to deliver more than one million petition signatures opposing cuts to Social Security benefits to the White House on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

*Watch Livestream here: strengthensocialsecurity.org/sos

Leading progressive organizations and groups representing retired Americans were quick to denounce the White House proposal for "Chained CPI" -- which would cut Social Security benefits for millions of seniors and veterans. Grandparents who retire today would get $650 less a year when they are 75 and over $1,100 less a year when they reach age 85, according to the Social Security Administration.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), who will join the event, vowed last week to "do everything in my power to block President Obama's proposal to cut benefits for Social Security recipients through a chained consumer price index."

WHO: -Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
-Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA)
-Nancy Altman, founding co-director, Social Security Works
-Damon Silvers, General Counsel, AFL-CIO
-Former Obama for America Supporters & Seniors on Social Security
-Stephanie Taylor, Progressive Change Campaign Committee Co-Founder
-Jim Dean, Democracy for America Chair
-Max Richtman, Nat. Cmmte. to Preserve Social Security and Medicare President and CEO
- Bonnie Grabenhofer, National Organization for Women Executive Vice President
-Roger Hickey, Campaign for America's Future President
-Manny Hermann, MoveOn.org Deputy Dir. of Online Organizing Platforms
WHAT: Delivery of more than 2 million petition signatures directly to the White House
WHEN: Tuesday April 9, at 12:30pm (ET)
WHERE: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW - Washington DC (In front of the White
House opposite of Lafayette Square)







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DailyKos Blogathon -- Week of April 8th


(All times are Eastern, diaries published by the Pushing back at the Grand Bargain group)
Monday, April 8
10:00 a.m. Roger Fox
12:00 noon eXtina
2:00 p.m. Guest crosspost by Yves Smith
3:00 p.m. poopdogcomedy
4:00 p.m. Horace Boothroyd III
6:00 p.m. slinkerwink
8:00 p.m. joedemocrat

Tuesday, April 9
10:00 a.m. Guest crosspost by Bill Black
12:00 noon Livestream event diary
2:00 p.m. joe shikspack
4:00 p.m. Roger Fox
6:00 p.m. Priceman
8:00 p.m. TomP

Wednesday, April 10
10:00 a.m. bobswern
12:00 noon  Words in Action
2:00 p.m. One Pissed Off Liberal (OPOL)
4:00 p.m.  Puddytat
6:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 11
10:00 a.m.
12:00 noon
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. cosmic debris
8:00 p.m. angelajean

Friday April 12
10:00 a.m. Reserved
12:00 noon Reserved
2:00 p.m. Reserved
4:00 p.m. Reserved
6:00 p.m. Reserved
8:00 p.m. Reserved


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1. Call your senators and representatives and tell them "Hell No!" with a priority on contacting senators.  U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.  You can find email contact information here

2.  Contact the White House and tell them "Hell No!".  Switchboard: 202-456-1414.  Email contact page is here.

3.  Petitions.  There are a number of petitions available.  Choose from the following or preferably sign them all.

a. White House petition calling for no cuts to Social Security.
b. AFL-CIO petition calling for no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and calling for more jobs, repealing the sequester and ending tax loopholes for the wealthiest individuals and corporations.
c. Sen. Harkin's petition telling Pres. Obama not to cut Social Security.

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