Papers of Save Our Security
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|Save Our Security.|
|3.2 c.f. (8 archives boxes)|
|Records of Save Our Security, a non-profit coalition of national, state, and local organizations founded in 1979 by Wilbur Cohen to counter efforts to weaken the Social Security system. The work of SOS included research, publishing, lobbying, and public education. Included are minutes of the governing and advisory committees; correspondence; financial records; publications; and congressional testimony by Cohen, Arthur S. Flemming, Robert M. Ball, representatives of related organizations such as the Study Group on Social Security and the National Senior Citizens Law Center, and others. Also included are publications, correspondence, curricula, field reports, and surveys documenting two educational projects: the Appeal to Conscience Project, which educated the public about the need to raise the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI) to the poverty level, and the Nelson Cruikshank Study Project which attempted to integrate social insurance issues into high school curricula.|
|Ball, Robert M.
Cohen, Wilbur J. (Wilbur Joseph), 1913-1987.
Flemming, Arthur S.
Social security--United States.
Supplemental security income program.
|Archives Main Stacks|
Our Security. Records, 1982-1997
Save Our Security was divided into two parts: the SOS Coalition itself and the SOS Education Fund. The two parts shared a common staff and many of the same committees, but they carried out different duties. The Coalition was in charge of coordination of the lobbying and advocacy work of its member organizations, while the Education Fund was in charge of research, publications, and outreach.
The Coalition informed and coordinated the activities of its member organizations who contributed to SOS in proportion to their size. It worked for increased benefits, improved paperwork and management of the Social Security Administration, equitable benefits for "Notch babies," and protection of the Social Security trust funds from budget cuts.
The SOS Coalition and the Education Fund shared an executive director, assistant director, and a clerical assistant. This small staff, along with the chair, executive vice chair and the treasurer, handled the basic administrative and financial functions of both organizations. The Coalition and the Education Fund had separate executive and advisory committees, although committee membership often overlapped. The most active committees were: the Committee on Supplemental Security Income, the Women's Issue Committee, the Disability Committee, the Committee on Independent Agency and Administration, and the Medical Care Committee.
During the 1980s the SOS Coalition focused on lobbying and advocacy before congressional committees concerning proposed cutbacks in Social Security and Medicare. It also proposed expansion of disability and Medicare benefits, and it fought to secure benefits for those persons born in the "notch" created by the Social Security Act of 1974.
In 1987 SOS drafted a bill of rights for beneficiaries and contributors
to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Supplemental Security
Income. This bill of rights focused on streamlining and making understandable
the complex bureaucracy of the Social Security Administration. By
1990 all of the provisions in this bill of rights were adopted by
Congress. In the 1990s the SOS Coalition turned to protecting the
The Subject Files consist of clippings, congressional testimony, and publications, from SOS and from other social security advocacy groups, arranged alphabetically by subject. There are also substantial files on health care, the Older Americans Act, Supplemental Security Income, and allied advocacy groups, including the National Senior Citizens Law Center and the Study Group on Social Security. Finally, there are files on the reforms of the Social Security Administration, staff and service issues at the SSA and financing Social Security. The testimonies by Ball, Cohen, and Flemming are among the most valuable documentation in the papers.
|General Information and Administrative Records|
|1||1||Background & organizational information, 1984-1994|
|2||Cohen biographical information|
|3-5||Minutes and agendas of executive and annual meetings, 1984-1995-95|
|6||Advisory Committee, 1984-1990|
|7||Disability Committee, 1984-1989|
|8||Finance Committee, 1988|
|9||Women's Issues Committee, 1984-1986, 1992-1993|
|10||Miscellaneous committees, 1985-1995|
|2||1-11||1985, June-1997, June|
|2||Fundraising reports, 1981-1995|
|3||Financial correspondence, 1989-1995|
|4||IRS correspondence, 1995-1996|
|Publicity and press materials|
|5||Action Alerts, 1983-1985|
|7||50th anniversary, 1985|
|11||Press releases, 1985-1996|
|12||SOS Bulletin, 1985-1987|
|EDUCATION FUND RECORDS|
|15||Financial correspondence, 1984-1991|
|16||Financial reports, 1982-1986|
|17||Fundraising reports, 1982-1986|
|4||1||IRS tax exempt status|
|2||Minutes and agendas, 1986-1993|
|Appeal to Conscience Project Records|
|5||Agendas and minutes|
|6|| Brochures, 1991-1994
|16||Administration on Aging proposal and reports, 1991-1993|
|17||Public Welfare Foundation proposal and reports, 1992-1994|
|18||How-to Manual, 1994|
|Nelson Cruikshank Study Project Records|
|3||Budget and timeline|
|8||Production company information|
|9||"Proposal for a national curriculum on Social Security"|
|10-11||"Framework for Teaching about Social Insurance" drafts|
|13||Heterogeneous Insurances Treatise, by Ray S. Hudson|
|15||Miscellaneous lesson plans|
|Teaching and Learning about Social Insurance Project|
|10||Request for proposals, 1989|
|7||1||Bork, Robert H.|
|2-3||Budget and Social Security|
|4||Democratic platform committee, 1984|
|4a||Congressional testimony, by Carol Simpson for Women in Government Relations|
|5-7||Disability insurance and Social Security|
|8-9||Finance issues and Social Security|
|15||NEA Social Security survey results|
|8||1||National Senior Citizens Law Center|
|3||Older Americans Act|
|4-5||Social Security Administration reform|
|6-8||Supplemental Security Income|
|9-10||Staff and service issues as SSA|
|11||Study Group on Social Security|
|13||Women and Social Security|