ARA of Iowa

"Raging Grannies" Protest Chained CPI Social Security Cuts

The "Raging Grannies" protested the chained CPI cuts to social security at the federal building in downtown Des Moines on July 2, 2013.

Press Release

July 02, 2013

Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans Formed Human Chain around Downtown Des Moines Federal Building to Protest the Chained CPI Social Security Cut

Iowa ARA to be joined at statewide rallies by a broad-based coalition of citizen organizations opposed to cutting Social Security


“Some Cuts Never Heal”


On Tuesday, July 2nd, the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans held protests across the state as part of a national day of action focused on opposing the chained CPI Social Security benefit cut. The chained CPI would cut Social Security benefits by changing the cost of living adjustment (COLA) formula - and some cuts never heal! The Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans is a statewide grassroots advocacy organization representing more than 38,000 across the state.

Members of Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans will work together to create a human chain in front of the Federal Building in downtown Des Moines to protest the chained CPI. More than 40 human chains will be formed in front of key Congressional offices and Federal buildings, as well as other strategic locations around the country.

The chained CPI is an immediate Social Security benefit cut, and it would result in an annual benefit that is roughly $1,000 (2012 dollars) lower by the time a beneficiary reaches age 85. Activists will stress that the chained CPI does not accurately account for large health care cost increases faced by seniors and people with disabilities. For more on the chained CPI, click here.


SPEAKERS: Jan Laue, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans

Danny Homan, AFSCME Iowa Council 61

Cherie Mortice, Retired Schoolteacher

Edgar Ortiz, League of United Latin American Citizens

Linda Stockbauer, Retiree from Des Moines


SPONSORS: Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, AFSCME Iowa Council 61, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Iowa CCI, Americans for Democratic Action-Iowa, Progress Iowa, South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, Black Hawk Union Council AFL-CIO, AFSCME Retiree Chapter 61, Working Families Win, League of United Latin American Citizens Council 306, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Raging Grannies

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