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Sun Aug 12, 2012, 06:47 PM

Social Security rooted in grassroots struggle

This is an older article written by a friend of mine, but I thought it was timely in light of the Ryan pick and the pledges to attack Social Security.

http://www.peoplesworld.org/social-security-rooted-in-grassroots-struggle/



Three years before President Franklin Roosevelt enacted Social Security, the Communist Party issued a pamphlet saying: “Social insurance is a system of government support to give workers financial assistance, thus affording them a measure of security in case of accident, sickness, death of the wage earner, unemployment, child bearing, or dependent old age. ... The fight for social insurance must go on because it is a fight for security in the daily struggle for existence faced by every member of the working class.”

Social Security’s roots are in the campaign launched by the Communist Party with formation of the National Unemployed Council in 1930.

Local unemployed councils were set up in scores of cities all over the country. Besides the unemployed, this movement also included trade unions, fraternal societies, Black organizations, and others.

The Unemployed Councils fought for unemployment insurance, immediate cash and work relief, public work at union wages, food for school children, and against evictions, discrimination towards African-Americans, and so on. They used mass meetings, parades, petitions, picketing, hunger marches and many other forms of struggle. They formed block committees to organize workers in their homes.

The Unemployed Councils, in the face of widespread police brutality, conducted a mass of activities to bring pressure upon employers, local relief boards, and the city, state and national governments. They led hundreds of demonstrations on a local and national scale.

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Looks like we all might have to do it all again to fight to preserve SS.



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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Mon Aug 13, 2012, 01:57 PM

1. let's go one step further and form a Red Army

just kidding! let's not do that.

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Response to BOG PERSON (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 13, 2012, 07:18 PM

2. I have the hat. :D



I'm afraid that's as far as I'm going to get though, can't shoot for beans.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 13, 2012, 10:14 PM

3. i can speechify and grow a big, bushy, unironic mustache

i will inspire the people to throw their bodies into the struggle, likes eggs at a house.

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Response to BOG PERSON (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 13, 2012, 11:37 PM

4. Well in that case, I might know a guy with a tank.

With a tank and a mustache we'll have at least one base covered.

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Response to BOG PERSON (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 13, 2012, 11:42 PM

5. Best simile ever...

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 02:40 AM

6. very good and timely piece considering the current climate of austerity.

It's an interesting bit of history. Thanks for posting this.

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