This is an iPhone diary so it will be short. I'm interested in working with other activists on pushing SS increases, not cuts, into the forefront. I have computer access for an hour a day M-F which limits my ability to organize a group.
I'm a SS recipient who falls $700 a month short every month. I earn $600 of that as a Liturgical Musician. The rest either does or doesn't come from odd jobs. The Doesn't months are rugged, food shelf limited-driving sick to my stomach levels of fear months. And I'm one of the lucky ones, sadly enough. I can earn money making music, at my age, which feels nearly miraculous!
I'm thinking about activism beyond signing petitions. Paper and ink letters to Congresspeople count as "hundreds of people care about this." LTE's can start conversations if they're not boilerplate, if they include real life personal stories. I'm thinking information sharing at house parties, reaching out to local party groups, creating a band of SS warriors with facts at hand about budgets and deficits and real life survival issues.
If anyone else is interested in doing this locally, if you have the time and energy, if you could be the online organizer please let me know. This can't be a maybe someday issue, it's a do it now issue. It's crucial to start pushing back hard BEFORE the House starts selling Paul Ryan's clusterfuck of a budget.