The Latinos for a Secure Retirement (LSR) coalition was launched in 2011 to serve as a voice for the Latino American community in the fight to defend Social Security as new threats emerge against the 75 year-old program. LSR’s mission includes strengthening Medicare, increasing pension access and financial literacy, ensuring Latino seniors get equal access to Older American Act services, and working to ensure more Latinos are in key policy and advocacy positions in these areas.
The LSR coalition brings together some of the strongest and most prominent advocates for Latinos in the country including the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), The Hispanic Federation, the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), MANA- A National Latina Organization, SER- Jobs for Progress National, Inc., the Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly, the American GI Forum and the National Association for Hispanic Elderly.
In January of 2011, LSR released a plan for Social Security entitled, Protecting Social Security: A Blueprint for Strengthening Social Security for All Americans. This plan would make Social Security fully solvent for the next 75 years and beyond, without cutting already modest benefits or increasing the retirement age. In fact, the Protecting Social Security plan would increase benefits for long service low wage workers and for college students who are children of deceased or disabled parents.
LSR and its coalition members are part of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition, and is actively working to educate and mobilize the Latino community around Social Security and other retirement issues. LSR’s staff and member organizations have appeared on dozen of radio and television shows, in English and in Spanish, talking about the importance of Social Security and Medicare.
Working with the National Council of La Raza, LSR has launched the Latinos and Social Security, ¡Tu Futuro Cuenta! Campaign to host a series of town halls across the country to highlight the importance of Social Security to Latinos.