The Washington Alliance for Retired Americans plans a forum Saturday afternoon to explore the history and future of Social Security. The free event is from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at The Evergreen State College and features speakers from labor and retiree groups.
Jo Jacobson, a field organizer for the alliance, said the event is aimed at people of all ages. The flier is here.
"What we find is people know some pieces about Social Security whether they are 70 years old or 20 years old. We need to make it clear about the history of Social Security and what the program was meant to be and who it was meant to serve," Jacobson said by phone this morning.
Sponsors include the national Alliance for Retired Americans, state retiree and labor groups, and the Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby.
The non-partisan National Academy of Social Insurance provided grants to organizations in six states, including the alliance, to hold forums that look at the potentially vulnerable populations, Jacobson said. The target populations include low-wage earners, communities of color, women and youth, Jacobson said.
Washington State Labor Council president Jeff Johnson is among the speakers. Another is Andy Landis, author of “Social Security: The Inside Story.” Rich Fiesta, director of government affairs for the alliance, is expected to talk about the history of Social Security, as well as discuss what is being considered in Congress that affects Social Security.
The event is in the Lecture Hall 1 rotunda and has room for about 300 people.