Ways Individuals Can Participate

Do you think Washington is not paying attention to the real problems of retirement?  “Wake up, Washington!” month, a speak-out about retirement security, is being held from September 15-October 15 so that Americans of all ages can tell lawmakers to keep their hands off of Social Security and to fix our patchwork private retirement system.

Here’s what you can do to wake up Washington:

  • Tell us your story. The Retirement USA website will host a collection of personal stories from people who are concerned about retirement security.  Visit www.retirement-usa.org, and tell us what retirement challenges you currently face or, if you’re still working, what you think retirement will be like for you.
  • Tell us your story in video. Retirement USA will also host videos.  Create a video to tell your retirement story and add it to the Retirement USA story bank.
  • Write blog entries. Do you have a blog?  If so, write about your concerns for retirement throughout the month and use your blog to start a conversation about retirement security.
  • Write op-eds and letters to the editor. Spread the word about the nation’s retirement income security crisis and how it affects you by submitting op-eds and letters to the editor to your favorite news publications.
  • Use Facebook and Twitter. Are you on Facebook and Twitter?  Use Facebook and Twitter to discuss the activities taking place throughout “Wake Up, Washington!” Month with #RUSA as the hashtag.  Like what we’re saying? Let your friends know by liking or retweeting our posts.
  • Go to town hall meetings and attend candidate forums. Let elected officials and candidates for office know that retirement issues should be a priority for them.
  • Spread the word about “Wake Up, Washington!” Month.  Get friends and family involved.  Tell them about the Month and encourage them to participate.

Make your voice heard! If you would like to participate in “Wake Up, Washington!” Month or if you have questions, please send an e-mail to info@retirement-usa.org.