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DECEMBER 2, 1998   11:45 AM
CONTACT: National Organization for Women
Loretta Kane 202-331-0066 x762
NOW President Patricia Ireland Joins National Leaders In Call to Strengthen Social Security
WASHINGTON - December 2 -

"Women get a raw deal under the current Social Security system; privatization will only make it worse," said NOW President Patricia Ireland. Ireland will join national leaders to kick-off the New Century Alliance for Social Security, a coalition committed to strengthening Social Security, at a news conference on December 3.

WHO: Patricia Ireland, National Organization for Women
Dr. Jane Smith, National Council of Negro Women
John Sweeney, AFL-CIO
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
Deborah Briceland-Betts, Older Women's League
Kweisi Mfume, NAACP
Hugh Price, National Urban League
Roger Brice, Institute for America's Future
and representatives from 160 national organizations

WHERE: Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

WHEN: Thursday, December 3
10 a.m.

"We must not allow the Republican Congress to dismantle the only safety net seniors have after a lifetime of work. We must not only save Social Security, we must strengthen it," Ireland said.




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