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  4. 50 years ago: First US demonstration against Vietnam War

    Handbill for Vietnam War protest

    On April 17, 1965, the first mass US demonstration against the war in Vietnam was held in Washington, DC, organized by the liberal Students for a Democratic Society. In line with their orientation to appealing to the Democratic Party and the Johnson administration, march organizers prohibited banners demanding the immediate withdrawal of US troops.

    Protesters carried signs calling for a negotiated settlement in the war of national liberation being waged by the Vietnamese workers and peasants against US imperialism. They picketed in front of the White House before marching to the Washington monument to listen to speakers, including Democratic Senator Ernest Gruening of Alaska and liberal journalist I.F. Stone.

    Gruening, one of the two US senators who voted against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, called for a cessation of the bombing of North Vietnam. The marchers later walked to the Capitol to deliver a petition to Congress.

    The protest march was far larger than organizers expected, reflecting the radicalization of layers of students as US imperialism escalated its intervention in Vietnam. SDS had supported the election of Lyndon Johnson in 1964 as the candidate of “peace” against Republican Barry Goldwater.

    In 1962 the organization, which evolved out of the League for Industrial Democracy, a right-wing social-democratic grouped backed by a section of the trade union bureaucracy, adopted a reformist platform authored by Tom Hayden calling for the formation of a “New Left.” It explicitly rejected the revolutionary role of the working class in favor of middle class radical protest.

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/13/twih-a13.html#50

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  7. Fellow progressive,

    Happy 80th birthday to the most successful safety net program in U.S. History: Social Security. On August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt put pen to paper and signed the Social Security Act into law. Social Security remains a critically important program, and we must fight any and all attempts to weaken it.

    Why?

    Before Social Security, poverty was a fact of life for elderly Americans. Today, Social Security puts food on the table, buys essential medicines and keeps the lights on for millions, most of them retirees. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that without Social Security, more than 40 percent of Americans aged 65 and older would live in poverty. With Social Security, less than 10 percent do.

    But Social Security is not just for retired workers: It is our nation’s largest and most secure disability insurance policy and life insurance policy. One in four Social Security recipients are disabled or the surviving partner of a deceased worker. In California’s 13th district, Social Security helps nearly 51,000 retirees, as well as 13,000 people with disabilities and 6,000 children whose parents have died or are disabled.

    In this way Social Security keeps millions of Americans from falling into poverty and provides a much-needed boost to those who find themselves struggling. According to data from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Social Security lifted 22 million people – including more than 1 million children – out of poverty in 2013. Without Social Security, the current poverty rate would be at almost 22 percent.

    The story of black America’s middle class is also inextricably linked to the establishment and continuation of Social Security. Because lifetime earnings for African Americans tend to be far lower than lifetime earnings for whites, Social Security provides the only income for 40 percent of African American retirees.

    It’s obvious that Social Security benefits touch the lives of every single American. So why is Social Security constantly under attack?

    Because there is a small-but-growing faction of hard-line Republicans who believe that Social Security is insolvent and contributes to our national debt. That’s flatly untrue: The Social Security Trust Fund is $2.8 trillion-strong. Without any adjustments, Social Security can continue to pay benefits for decades.

    And there is another reason. Many Republicans would simply prefer to prioritize millionaires and billionaires over our most vulnerable citizens.

    We must fight these attacks on Social Security. Our most vulnerable citizens are counting on us. Will you join the Progressive Fund and stand with me to protect Social Security?

    Thanks,

    Barbara Lee
    Member of Congress

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