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Watch Ashton Applewhite's talk on TED

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Friday, August 11th, 2017 @ 2:31pm

Follow groundbreaking Ashton Applewhite and catch her explosive debut on TED! She is a clarion voice for all of us who fight ageism.

My TED talk is up!


Eleven minutes, which ended, amazingly, with a standing ovation that provoked a unscripted, arms-in-the-air appeal: “Let’s do it!” That means all of us, not just the TEDsters in that audience, but everyone who’s ready to play a part in ending ageism.


Please watch the talk. If you like it, please share widely. Let’s get a million views and get this party started. 


Click image above to view video.

Gray Panthers applauds everyone who called, wrote, rallied, worked and organized for Healthcare.

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, July 31st, 2017 @ 12:02pm

Huge “Thank you!" to everyone who called, wrote, rallied, worked, organized, and more.  While the fight is far from over, we can revel in this victory for goodness in America.  Gray Panthers applauds your efforts.

https://thinkprogress.org/breaking-republicans-defect-kill-senate-effort-to-repeal-obamacare-c57f471dc580

Gray Panthers NYC Steering Committee meeting Announcement

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, July 27th, 2017 @ 10:30am

Next GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, August 3, 2017, 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the office of Transportation Alternatives in Manhattan. For full details, kindly RSVP:

Tel: (917) 535 0457; email: jkupferman@aol.com

GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting

  • Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: at the office of Transportation Alternatives in Manhattan

    Next GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, August 3, 2017  

    6:30 - 8:00 PM at the…

Gray Panthers, in force, show their support at Healthcare Rally.

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 @ 5:57pm

Gray Panthers makes its voice clear.  Obamacare must not be tampered with.  On Monday July 24, 2017, Gray Panthers came out, in force, to another rally supporting Medicare for All.  We are outraged that the assault on the basic human right to health care has made such progress in the US House of Representatives and US Senate.  In New York State, we support a single payer system of health care, being championed by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried. Let's work together to ensure that all have adequate health at reasonable cost.  Join us in ensuring that Gray Panthers is among the vocal advocates for this essential cause.


Photos from Gray Panthers side event at the UN during the High Level Political Forum

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 @ 11:59am

As we've mentioned before, Gray Panthers organized the side event on the importance of data disaggregation by age, gender and disability at the UN during the High Level Political Forum.  We are proud to present some photos documenting this well-received event originally held on July 10, 2017.

https://flic.kr/s/aHskZD3EzS

The fight to uphold Obamacare

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, July 24th, 2017 @ 11:42am

Yes, we have all been inundated with exhortations to call Senators to tell them to oppose the U.S. Senate version of the Health Care bill.  But, the vote will be this week to repeal Obamacare.  Please call again.  You can call to thank those courageous Senators who are voted to uphold Obamacare.  You can call the Senators who are on the fence.  You can call Senators who support repeal of Obamacare.  Jam their phones.  People power for goodness.

Senator Murkowski from Alaska, Flake from Arizona, Senators from Kansas, Thune from South Dakota. Call every Republican Senator.  And express your opposition to the repeal of Obamacare.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/07/24/gop-senators-dont-approve-mystery-health-bill-david-durenberger-column/502976001/

https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/maggiekuhn389567.html

Beyond Slogans - Good Practice to Count Us All In

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Friday, July 21st, 2017 @ 4:37pm

At this year's High Level Political Forum overseeing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, Gray Panthers organized the first parallel event of the week-and-a-half forum.  'Beyond Slogans - Good Practice to Count Us In', focused on the critical importance of accurate and reliable data, disaggregated by age, disability and gender.  Without good data, there will not be good policy.  This lack of data involving older persons is one of the important reasons that the concerns of older persons are so often overlooked - nationally and globally.  Our globally diverse and impressive roster of speakers outlined the problem, and identified the beginning efforts to address the data gaps.  Many thanks to our global guru Sylvia Beales, to the Gray Panthers interns who developed this policy brief, to our roster of speakers, to all who attended.  Despite numerous challenges, our event was the first event of this year's HLPF.  We hope that it spurs governments, advocates, statistical offices, and others to work toward more detailed and comprehensive data collection efforts.  Onward.

Gray Panthers Policy Brief: Corporate Eldercare

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 @ 11:05am

In the workplace, we see the real and increasing burden on caregivers, particularly when family members worry about and monitor care for older family members.  Employers now often see the need for targeted benefits and work flexibility to address this need. Corporate eldercare is on the rise.  Recently, Gray Panthers helped moderate a panel on Corporate Eldercare co-sponsored by the US Department of Labor, the REACT coalition and Gray Panthers.  To encourage employers to provide eldercare benefits to their employees, Gray Panthers has crafted this important policy brief.  The target audience is employers - small, medium and large.  Luckily, the very able Gray Panthers interns - Natalie Jones and Joe Bellitti drafted and finalized this very readable document.  Many thanks to them.

Webinar: Creating a Culture of Care: Corporate Responses to Rising Eldercare Demands

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Friday, July 7th, 2017 @ 12:35pm

Please listen to this important webinar, 'Creating a Culture of Care: Corporate Responses to Rising Eldercare Demands” by the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, featuring speakers from ReACT Coalition and the Gray Panthers.

http://respectcaregivers.org/?p=828

Gray Panthers is attending 8th Open Ended Working Group on Ageing

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, July 6th, 2017 @ 11:59am

Gray Panthers is attending 8th Open Ended Working Group on Ageing at the United Nations pursuing a pathway to a new convention on the human rights of older persons. Due to our robust contributions, the Chair of the Open Ended Working on Ageing, the Ambassador from Argentina, specifically referenced the situation of Gray Panthers. For purposes of the OEWGA, Gray Panthers has the opportunity to upgrade its level of participation so that we can make comments and statements at the OEWGA usually reserved for NGOs with a higher level of accreditation.



https://social.un.org/ageing-working-group/eighthsession.shtml

UN Department of Public Information hosting an Intergenerational Dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goals

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 @ 12:58pm

You are strongly encouraged to attend the NGO Committee on Ageing to help build A Society of All Ages. Let the voices of each generation be heard.  If you are interested, please contact Jack Kupferman immediately so he can arrange for your attendance. Thank you.

(917) 535-0457  jkupferman@aol.com

The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) is hosting an event for NGO's to bring together youth and older people to exchange view on aspects of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. There will be six sessions where input is needed from representatives of organizations focused on ageing as well as on youth.

DPI tends to get many registrants from youth related organizations, so we want to encourage representatives of ageing related organizations to participate as well.

Full details and registration links on the attached flier.

Deadline for registration is July 24th, but it is first come, first serve. So sign up early if you are able to come.

Side Event: High Level Political Forum

  • Monday, July 10th, 2017 at 9:30am - 11:30am
    Location: Baha'i International Community; 866 United Nations Plaza

    Gray Panthers is co-sponsoring a High Level Political Forum on ensuring that the concerns of…

Gray Panthers co-sponsors High Level Political Forum

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, July 3rd, 2017 @ 10:49am

Gray Panthers is co-sponsoring a High Level Political Forum on ensuring that the concerns of older persons, women and the disabled are properly accounted for in data collection efforts at the global and country level.  Lack of accurate data means that workable solutions can't be created or measured.  Throughout the years, there has been a paucity of data on older persons.  We want to be part of the solution to change that.  As part of this year's review of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN, Gray Panthers is a prime sponsor of this event.  It's interesting to note that among the numerous side events at the HLPF, so far this event appears to be the only one with a focus on older persons.  

We invite you to attend.  RSVP required to jkupferman@aol.com please include your name, phone and affiliation.

Gray Panthers NYC Steering Committee meeting

  • Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Transportation Alternatives NYC

    Next GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Wednesday, JULY 12, 2017 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the office…

Gray Panthers NYC Steering Committee meeting Announcement

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, June 29th, 2017 @ 11:39am

Next GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Wednesday, JULY 12, 2017 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the office of Transportation Alternatives in Manhattan. For full details, kindly RSVP:

Tel: (917) 535 0457; email: jkupferman@aol.com

UPDATE: #ProudlyRESISTING: March for Medicare for All at NYC PRIDE this Sunday!

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 @ 6:20pm

+++++ UPDATE:  MEET-UP DETAILS FOR GRAY PANTHERS MARCHING AT 2017 PRIDE PARADE  +++++


Gray Panthers are Proud to March in 2017  Parade with Physicians for a National Health Plan (PNHP) in The Resistance Contingent. 

Please Note Meet-Up and Registration Details :


Sunday, June 25, 2017:

Meet UP:  on the sidewalk of 150 Lexington Ave (Chrysler Bldg) next to the wall plaque for Mount Sinai just south of the main entrance.

Time:  between 9:25am and 9:40am so we can navigate to section 16 (PNHP.org, our coalition partners for single-payer, Medicare for ALL by 9:45am)

How to recognize us:  We'll hold the YELLOW Gray Panther's banner and wear RED t-shirts (to distinguish ourselves from MDs in white lab coats)
 — YOU can wear RED (or any colorful hue you like).  

PNHP members will carry rainbow umbrellas — YOU can bring a RED or YELLOW or RAINBOW umbrella (if you have one), or a sign (on yellow paper, if you have a choice), advocating this year's theme ("We Are Proud Gray Panthers ... for/against") and whatever you want to offer in favor of NYHA, Medicare for ALL, Single-Payer, Healthcare is Human Right, or against AHCA, Cutting Medicaid, Harming Medicare, etc.) Resistance is fine; signs for or against specific politicians or parties is apparently not fine.

Duration We have been told the distance is about 1.5 miles down 5th Ave to 
PRIDE(Do note the suggestions for what NOT to bring and what is recommended below ... e.g., no sticks for the signs, no bulky backpacks that might trigger concern by NYPD, ) 

If possible, please RSVP to the PNHP here so marshals can manage the staging areas:  RSVP to let us know you're coming.


DETAILS:
After the Gray Panthers meet up at 150 Lexington Ave "Mount Sinai" wall plaque, we will navigate to the PNHP assigned staging area on 41st Street between Park Ave. and Madison Ave. The section will close after 10am. NOTE: If you have not joined the PNHP group by 10:15AM, you will not be allowed to enter the staging area to march with the Gray Panthers OR the PNHP!

We are part of group #16, registered as Physicians for a National Health Program, so (if you can't find the Gray Panthers in red t-shirts) look for the Physicians for a National Health Program banner (pictured below) and rainbow umbrellas.

PNHP What to bring: You are encouraged to bring your own rainbow or brightly colored umbrella and/or your own signs about single payer healthcare, Medicare for All, or the New York Health Act (you are welcome to use our same slogan).

The march will be televised, so come ready to represent! Our group will be carrying rainbow umbrellas with signs saying "The NY Health Act Covers Everybody!" and we'd love to have you join in the fun.

Help spread the word! Use the hashtags  #ProudlyResisting #PassNYHealth #Medicare4All  And get in the fight for Healthcare as a Human Right!

GENERAL MARCH INFO:
There will be a support vehicle in the resistance segment with a first aid kit and water.

#ProudlyRESISTING: March for Medicare for All at NYC PRIDE this Sunday!

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 @ 12:20pm

PROUDLY, Gray Panthers is marching to support Medicare For All at this year's Pride March.  We're supporting the lead of Physicians for a National Health Program, and will be marching with them.  We're bringing the Gray Panthers banner, and want to have a good sized contingent.  Can you come and march with us?  Please let us know.  jkupferman@aol.com  917 535 0457

Join our coalition of Healthcare for All activists & supporters as we march with the resistance contingent leading off this year's Pride March! 

All are welcome to join!

WHEN: Sunday, June 25 - 9:45am - 1:30pm

RSVP to let us know you're coming.

DETAILS:

We will be meeting at our assigned staging area on 41st Street between Park Ave. and Madison Ave. The section opens at 8:30AM, check-in time is 10AM, and we ask you to be there by 9:45AM. NOTE: If you have not joined our group by 10:15AM, you will not be allowed to enter the staging area to march with us!

We are group #16, registered as Physicians for a National Health Program, so look for the Physicians for a National Health Program banner (pictured here) and rainbow umbrellas.

What to bring: You are encouraged to bring your own rainbow or brightly colored umbrella and/or your own signs about single payer healthcare, Medicare for All, or the New York Health Act (you are welcome to use our same slogan). We may have extra signs available: Please email GOBKNYHA-at-gmail.com if you are bringing a rainbow umbrella & would like to use one of our signs!

The march will be televised, so come ready to represent! We encourage physicians to wear your white coats. Our group will be carrying rainbow umbrellas with signs saying "The NY Health Act Covers Everybody!" and we'd love to have you join in the fun.

Help spread the word! Use the hashtags  #ProudlyResisting #PassNYHealth #Medicare4All  And get in the fight for Healthcare as a Human Right!

GENERAL MARCH INFO:

There will be a support vehicle in the resistance segment with a first aid kit and water, should you need it during the march. There will be bathroom facilities in the staging areas and you can bring food & water, but no large backpacks. The March takes about 1 – 1.5 hours. The march route can be found here.

Questions? Contact Katie by phone or text at 330-618-6379.

Physicians for a National Health Program-NY Metro Chapter · 8 W 126th St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10027, United States

Tomorrow is National Call-In Day to Save Health Care.

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 @ 3:55pm

Justice in Aging - Alert

The fight’s on. If the Senate passes AHCA, its devastating cuts will end Medicaid as we know it. Tomorrow is National Call-In Day to Save Health Care. 

Everyone needs to amplify the message that the AHCA is an attack on older adults and speak out strongly to their Senators. 

We created a toolkit with custom tweets showing state-by-state statistics and the number to call to reach Senators. All it takes is two clicks to send a tweet for your state. 

We need you to do three things tomorrow and every day you can until the Senate votes:

  1. Click through to the kit and send a tweet for your state
  2. Share the link to this toolkit with everyone you know & encourage them to tweet
  3. Make that call to 202-224-3121 and tell your Senators to vote NO on AHCA

When calling, use the stats for your state from the toolkit or information from this fact sheet on Medicaid caps.

Three Important GP Alerts: Call-in to stop AHCA, REMINDER--Creating a Culture of Care & A Message From Jack Kupferman, President

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 @ 9:58am

1) NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY!  STOP THE AHCA!

  • Call the Senate HELP Committee at 202-224-5375
  • Call the Senate Finance Committee at 202-224-4515
  • Demand that these Committees hold hearings before they bring the bill to the floor for a vote!
  • CONTACT THESE SENATORS NOW to Vote NO on devastating Medicaid rollbacks, NO on healthcare caps, NO on AHCA.  Demand hearings, remind them of the millions of their constituents affected, even if the cuts are phased in.

Cassidy (LA)

Collins (ME)

Flake (AZ)

Heller (NV)

Murkowski (AK)

Portman (OH)

Cruz (TX)

Lee (UT)

Paul (KY)

Toomey (PA)

Manchin (WV)

Mckaskill (MO)

Tester (MT)

  • Contact your senators to tell them to use everything they have to #SaveMedicaid #NoCutsNoCats

2) REMINDER!!

Gray Panthers NYC is participating in a June 21, 2017 webinar: The rising need for companies to respond to the challenges of their employees who are also eldercare-givers. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Register now!

Here is the link to register for this webinar:  Registration Link

Or copy and paste the following link: https://dol.webex.com/dol/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4e184ea5e65c165a0e768e5181a2d153

See attached flyer for details.

3) MESSAGE FROM JACK KUPFERMAN, PRESIDENT

Many thanks to NYC Gray Panther Wendl Kornfeld, who has created an important initiative:  Who and what will be there for older people who do not have adult children or are without traditional support systems?  This subject is rarely given close scrutiny and there are no easy solutions offered by the usual channels.  I encourage you to read this article on how one community approaches the issue. We would appreciate feedback if you are in this demographic, and how it affects you.  We're looking forward to hearing from you.

Read the article here...


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