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Advocates Send Message To Congress And White House: Leave Social Security Disability Benefits Intact
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 28, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC--While members of the Senate Finance Committee debated the state of Social Security Tuesday, groups around the country demonstrated their opposition to the Bush administration's plan to privatize the program.

Many of the protesters were people with disabilities and their allies who are worried that allowing some of the program's funds to be diverted to the stock market would put their benefits at risk.

More than seven million Americans with disabilities rely on Social Security benefits, according to Americans United to Protect Social Security, which helped organize rallies in 33 states and Washington, DC.

"This Administration's plan to privatize part of Social Security will devastate the program and benefits for people with disabilities are at risk," the group said in an online statement. "People with disabilities and their families must stand up and let our voices be heard. We need your help to protect Social Security."

Mack Marsh Jr., who uses a wheelchair and is the director of a Louisiana independent living center, said he wouldn't have survived under President Bush's plan.

"For the majority of our clients, Social Security is their sole income," Marsh told the Shreveport Times.

Related:
"The 30 States Holding Rallies To Protect Social Security" (Justice For All)

http://www.dimenet.com/hotnews/archive.php?mode=A&id=4413;&sort=D
"Wide Divide On Social Security" (CBS)
http://cbs5.com/topstories/topstories_story_116122346.html
"Social Security debate returns to Shreveport" (Shreveport Times)
http://www.inclusiondaily.com/news/05/red/0428a.htm
"Social Security proposal rebuffed" (West Virginia Gazette)
http://wvgazette.com/section/News/2005042624

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