The Commission’s Dr. Maya Rockeymoore to Appear on The Breakdown with Richard Eskow

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore will appear on The Breakdown with Richard Eskow this Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm EDT.

Dr. Rockeymoore and Mr. Eskow will discuss our report Plan for a New Future: The Impact of Social Security Reform on People of Color and the nation’s economic outlook.

If you live in the Washington, DC Metro Area you can tune in at WPWC 1480AM. You can also listen live by visiting the We Act Radio website at www.weactradio.com

Commission Featured on Economic Policy Institute Blog

Social Security Advocates Go on the Offensive
By Monique Morrissey

In March, the AFL-CIO issued a call-to-arms on Social Security, saying, “We have to stop playing defense, because we have nothing to be defensive about.”

Advocates have taken up the challenge, coalescing around a strategy centered on eliminating the cap on taxable earnings, raising the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to reflect the higher out-of-pocket medical expenses faced by seniors, and increasing benefits across the board in ways that provide larger percentage increases for low-income beneficiaries. Building on a bill introduced in 2010 by Congressman Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) that included the first two of these measures, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) made them the centerpiece of the retirement provisions in his Rebuild America Act. Continue reading

U.S. Demographic Shift Has Consequences for Social Security

As U.S. transitions to majority-majority population, policymakers must consider how communities of color use the program

WASHINGTON – In response to a U.S. Census report that more than half of our nation’s population under the age of one are Latino, African-American, Asian American or other minorities, the Commission to Modernize Social Security says that as the United States transitions to a “majority-minority” population, any changes to Social Security must consider the impact on workers and families of color who are more vulnerable to economic instability and far less likely to have generational wealth than white families. It also argues that the program can be modernized to remain sustainable and improved to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and economically insecure workforce. Continue reading

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Speaks Out Against Pete Peterson’s Fiscal Summit

On May 15, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore joined Sen. Bernie Sanders, Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, Max Richtman, president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future and others to protest the Peter G. Peterson “Fiscal Summit” where elite power brokers including House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), former Sen. Alan Simpson, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and President Bill Clinton gathered to discuss a so-called “grand bargain” budget that will cut Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. Following are Dr. Rockeymoore’s remarks: Continue reading

Breaking the Social Security Glass Ceiling

Click Here to Download Breaking the Glass Ceiling (pdf)Released by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation , the National Organization for Women Foundation and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Breaking the Social Security Glass Ceiling proposes initiatives to ensure Social Security benefits are adequate for all Americans, particularly for women and women of color. Continue reading