We hear there may be some folks planning a counter-protest to take on the 'protest' sponsored by 'Social Security for All' this afternoon outside the Rock The Vote awards dinner. If you want more information on the company behind the group -- oil and petrochemical giant, Koch Industries -- see this page at the Center for Public Integrity.
Also, apparently the Young Americans for Phase-Out (aka, Social Security for All) are going to have their protest against Rock the Vote's support for Social Security at 5:30 this afternoon in front of the National Building Museum at the corner of 4th and G in DC.
If I weren't a couple hundred miles away (give or take) I'd show up and add my pro-Social Security voice to the mix. Actually, come to think of it, at 36 I may not count as youth any more. But if I were under 35 and in DC, I'd be there!
And I lived in DC for long enough to know there are plenty of pro-Social Security folks under 35 who could easily be at 4th and G at 5:30 in the afternoon.
So why not?
The best thing to do with these bozos is not to get into back and forth chants with them, but to participate in the festivities themselves and outnumber them. Of course, maybe you could bring a can of oil just to show you know where they're comin' from. But no more than that.
So if you're interested in showing up for the pre-event festivities, drop us a line and we'll try to post more relevant information.
Late Update: We've heard from a number of you who want to show up at 5:30 PM this afternoon. My understanding is that there will be various pre-dinner festivities and probably a bunch of celebs showing up on a red carpet and possibly even some tickets left for the after-party. But the main thing is show up and show support for Social Security and opposition to the phase-out crowd yipping and hollering across the street. And, oh yeah, bring a can of oil if you can. Make the Social Security for All folks feel at home.