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Social Security is a promise made to generations of American workers. It's a program funded by workers, not the government. Below you'll find stories from real people.

Kay Bone - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I hope to retire when I'm 66 and I will be depending on SS to cover much of my living expense. I support myself and am not greedy - I just need enough money to pay my basic living expenses.

J. Barbara Alvord - Johnston, Iowa

My father died in 1946 at 50; he was a blue collar worker. My mother was left to pay the mortgage and support me (thirteen) and my brother (three). The SS checks were small, but my mother, who had been a stay-at-home mother, was able to find work and keep the family going - even in near poverty. I am 82; I depend on SS and two relatively small pensions to keep going myself. I paid in to SS for 48 years. Expanding it and adding years to its life is the thing to do. Lift the ceiling paid in by income earned.

There are millions of seniors who just want financial security. 

Do you have a story? Let us know in the comments!

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DFA Featured Candidate: Rob Farinholt for Virginia Delegate

As you know here at DFA we endorse progressive candidates all the way from Senate down to local school board. This fall there are many important elections going on around the country and  we will be regularly highlighting our many great progressive candidates. 

Politicians in Richmond, VA have created and poured gasoline on many fires -- bad transportation, ignoring the environment, terrible laws that take away retirees benefits, and the list goes on.

We believe in firefighter and paramedic Rob Farinholt, a Virginian with a proven track record of serving the public, and that’s why DFA is proud to support him for Delegate in Virginia’s District 94. Unlike the majority of delegates in office, Rob Farinholt comes from a public safety background with lifelong ties to his community.

Help Rob put out the fires in Newport News and Virginia and elect a man of integrity to office.

As a first responder Rob has a front row seat to happens when priorities are askew in Virginia’s state house. He’s seen what a lack of equipment and funds can do to a fire department. One of the most decorated firemen in his area, Rob earned a Medal of Honor in 2007 and Gold Medal of Valor in 2008 for marine rescues and he’s seen the impact that politician’s poor priorities have on the day-to-day lives our our brave first responders. 

A champion of reproductive and LGBTQ rights, Rob is also an advocate for social development measures in Virginia’s 94th district. He is committed to improving industry, and advocates for essential job-creation legislation and increased funding of public services like education and transportation. Rob has seen firsthand the damage that government neglect does to communities and will bring that insight with him to Richmond as a delegate.

In striking contrast, Rob’s opponent, incumbent David Yancey, has aided the passing of a bill that removes purchase limits on handguns and a bill that reduces state employee retirement benefits. His conservatism doesn't stop there -- Delegate Yancey voted for forced vaginial ultrasounds and supported efforts to permit adoption agencies to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples. With 5,927 children in foster care  and 14,000 same sex couples in Virginia, Yancey’s support for bigotry both denied children access to loving homes and cost Virginia taxpayers at least $2 million.

The progressive choice is clear. Rob Farinholt may not have wealthy 1% donors like Delegate Yancey, but he is ready to put up a fight with a team of dedicated friends and volunteers fueling his people-powered campaign.

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I Have A Dream, August 28th, 1963


It's been 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech. 

This speech became a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights movement, and lit a fire in the hearts of millions of Americans. The legacy of civil rights is tied to this speech, and after half a century we still find ourselves fighting for equality. 

Bleach attacks on black students at the University of Texas, a culture that allowed Trayvon Martin to be killed "in self defense," and the Supreme Court's take-down of the Voting Rights Act have all shown us that this country has a long, long path in front of it. 

Take action, and stand up for this country's most vulnerable people.

Join the movement to expand Social Security for our seniors!

Demand Congress take action on the Voting Rights Act!

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DFA Featured Candidate: Elizabeth Miller for Virginia Delegate

As you know here at DFA we endorse progressive candidates all the way from Senate down to local school board. This fall there are many important elections going on around the country and  we will be regularly highlighting our many great progressive candidates. 

ELIZABETH MILLER: If you follow Virginia politics recently, you know the direction that the Republican-led Assembly and the current right-wing administration have taken the state. They have “governed” by rolling back women’s access to healthcare, attacking the LGBT community, and pursuing environmentally damaging energy policies. Virginia’s 32nd district is a microcosm of the battle going on across the state, and incumbent Tag Greason is a great example of Republican’s intransigent views and shortsighted policies.

This year is different, though, because we’ve got a great local candidate who is progressive, who cares about the community and who wants your voice heard. That candidate is Elizabeth Miller, a proven community activist and grassroots organizer. Liz has a long history of fighting for change, through her 4 years as a part of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and her invaluable experience gained from working on many campaigns. She has her background in computer programming and a degree in Psychology from George Mason University. Liz has promised to eliminate the harsh restrictions on a woman’s right to govern her own body, and will protect the environment against industrial contamination by giving towns more options to protect their air and water.

Meanwhile, the incumbent-- Tag Greason supports the exclusionary constitutional amendment denying thousands of LGBT couples the right to marry the person they love and the equal protection straight folks have in the state. He has voted numerous times to infringe upon a protected right for women, including for an invasive mandatory ultrasound bill. He voted for a voter ID bill that would suppress legal votes, simply to achieve a partisan victory. He even wrote a bill allowing for the creation of charter schools without the approval of the Board of Education, which were already exempt from many rules and regulations that public schools must abide by.

Liz Miller has made a promise to the people of Virginia to never accept any gifts from anyone outside my family worth more than a total of $100 in any year.

Tag Greason votes for Tag Greason’s interests, not for the interests of Virginia.

It’s time for a change. Join DFA in its support of Elizabeth Miller, our Democratic candidate in Virginia’s 32nd district. Together we can elect a true progressive powerhouse, end the era of long-term for pain short-term gain  governing, and move Virginia forward in a manner that benefits all. If you are tired of the voice of your district supporting exclusionary policies and voter suppression tactics, join our movement to bring inclusion and progressive policies back where they belong, into the House of Delegates.

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Visa Inc. will be tied to an officially anti-gay Olympics

Email by Andy Kelley


Seth -- 

The daily violence in Russia against the LGBT community is unacceptable and wrong -- and together we are going to do something about it. 

Since we launched our campaign calling on Olympic sponsor Visa to speak out, tens of thousands of people including you have taken action and folks are starting to take notice. 

Today, Bloomberg news stated in an editorial that unless they speak out against the anti-LGBT violence in Russia and call on the International Olympic Committee to act, Olympic sponsors like "Visa Inc. will be tied to an officially anti-gay Olympics." 

Can you chip in $4 today to help fuel our campaign and keep up the pressure on Visa to speak out? 

Visa has made countless millions from the LGBT community, and even put their name on the “Rainbow Platinum Plus Visa Card," but they haven't taken any meaningful action to help ensure the safety of LGBT athletes and fans for the Winter games. 

With less than six months until the Olympics, it's critical that Visa speak out, as an Olympic sponsor, and urge the IOC to take action. 

Can you chip in $4 today to help us continue the fight to hold Visa accountable? 

Together our voices are powerful, 

Andy 

Andy Kelley, Online Programs Deputy and Visa Cardholder 
Democracy for America

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