David M. Granger


AUBURN -- An Auburn University American government class has been chosen by the Concord Coalition to host a Tsongas Forum -- aimed at giving young people an opportunity to work together to solve the nation's Social Security problems -- on Tuesday (June 2).

The forum will begin at 8 a.m. in Haley Center, Room 2226, says Wilson Trivino, instructor of the class.

"The main reason for the Concord Coalition's selection of this class to host this forum is the need to provoke some thought among young people as to how to maintain Social Security's solvency for their generation," said Trivino, who has participated in several regional and national conferences on the future of Social Security. "Though Social Security is a long time away for these young people, they need to start thinking about this now to make sure that it's there when they need it.

"Saving Social Security for our children and grandchildren is something we all need to get involved in and the Concord Coalition is one of the leading organizations in stimulating that involvement."

The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that advocates fiscal responsibility while ensuring that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are secure for all generations. It was founded in 1992 by the late former Sen. Paul Tsongas, D-Mass.; former Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H.; and former Secretary of Commerce Peter Peterson.

The Coalition sponsors Tsongas Forums throughout the country, and the Auburn government class was chosen to host the 1999 forum in Alabama.

In addition to Trivino and his students, others participants in the discussion will be Phil Smith, Southern Regional coordinator of the Concord Coalition; Jimmy Brown, manager of the Social Security Administration's Opelika office; and Eaddy Roe of Economic Security 2000, the nation's first nonpartisan, grassroots educational organization dedicated to saving and reforming Social Security.

Trivino said the forum is open to all Auburn students and the public.

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CONTACT: Trivino, 334-844-6123.