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Gray Panthers participates in the Observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at UN.

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, June 21st, 2018 @ 12:46pm

Gray Panthers was so honored to be asked to participate in the Observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at United Nations headquarters on June 14, 2018.  Our comments begin at minute 36.

http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/watch/2018-world-elder-abuse-awareness-day-moving-from-awareness-to-action-through-a-human-rights-based-approach/5797702171001/


The Permeation of Ageism: The Santa Fe Incident

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 @ 12:59pm

Brynn April just wrote this powerful piece on how recent assassinations of young people due to school shootings reflects our society's attitude toward age.  Ageism is discrimination based on age.  These students have been targeted because of their age, because they are concentrated in places where young people are required to gather. Gray Panthers confronts ageism everywhere.
 

The Permeation of Ageism: The Santa Fe Incident
 

Last week’s prom. Final exams. Summer jobs.

These are what high schoolers should be talking about.

Instead, the deafening BOOM of a gunshot echoing around the hallways. Suddenly, a school hallway turns into a war zone.

Those kids in Santa Fe came into school wanting nothing more than the opportunity to learn, to prepare for college, and to see their friends and teachers. Instead, they got fear and senseless violence.

This incident represents the growing problem of ageism—discrimination based on age. It is reflected in the common belief that children, who are not yet adults, are naïve and defenseless. As a result, they are targeted for their perceived weaknesses and inability to portray their influence in society.

From ageism, no one is spared. Age is something we have in common, and events such as these should not be regarded as anomalies, but rather a reflection of the situation’s gravity. The stereotypes ageism perpetuates will only continue to lead to prejudiced actions over time.

Ageism has been tirelessly addressed by Gray Panthers, an organization led by Jack Kupferman that has worked to fight it in all its forms for decades. Gray Panthers understands that situations like this are not isolated incidents, but rather serious problems that are increasing at an alarming rate over time.

Remember the Parkland massacre? It happened only months ago, and it resulted in more innocent lives lost. Gray Panthers displayed their horror at this event, for it stands as yet another devastating example of ageism in our society.

The sad part? These are only two on a rapidly growing list.

Ever try Googling “school shootings?” I wouldn’t recommend it. The list is so extensive that I was asked to choose a category: country, school level, or year. Even after choosing, I scrolled for an eternity. Each one had numbers, and each number meant more lives lost.

Actually, scratch that. Please do Google it. Please do continue to scroll as I did. If that’s the only way to recognize this problem, please do. Because yes—this is a PROBLEM.

In fact, it’s such a problem that these shootings have become NORMAL.

Normal is going to the grocery store, making a phone call, eating dinner.

Normal stops once ageist thoughts move into peoples’ minds. Normal stops when a gun leaves the store. 

Normal stops when lives are taken. 

Unless we stop to consider this, such horrific, discriminatory actions based on a disregard for human rights will only continue to occur. That long list of shootings, all those numbers of children dead, will only continue to increase.

Being nineteen, I can already recount several terrifying instances in my life when ageism reared its ugly head. I have seen it first hand—how people use violent machines to perpetuate their ageist thoughts and ideas.
The first of these was in my junior year of high school, when bombs threats caused the school to bring in policeman who searched everyone entering the building. Suddenly, school became scarier, and we were all on edge from more than tests and homework. 

And only last spring, my college went into lockdown when it was believed that we had an active shooter on campus. I remember sitting for hours in the dark as an unsettling silence permeated the dorm. I remember frantic calls and texts from my parents, who were desperately hoping I continued to respond.

Maybe both were only scares, but they could not have been. They showed me just how real and scary this problem is. They showed me the imminent need to address this before it’s too late.

In my own fight against ageism, I will be interning with Gray Panthers this summer, for they represent one of the first steps to solving this problem. In fact, their empowering presence at the March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018 demonstrated the need for people of all generations to come together to overcome this issue and fight these atrocities. Because ageism, as Gray Panthers knows, affects us all.

We have a hell of a long way to go, but we NEED to start fighting this.

And we need to start NOW. 

Please Welcome the 2018 Class of Gray Panthers summer interns!

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Friday, May 25th, 2018 @ 11:57am

SUMMER INTERNS!

Introducing the 2018 Class of Gray Panthers summer interns.  These college students are exceptionally talented, enthusiastic and committed.  As with each class of interns, they are inevitably struck by the important issues of age, aging, and ageism that are forgotten in the public discourse and in educational processes.  For some, these issues now become one of their passions. For most, they dive deep into providing Gray Panthers with great work and thoughtfulness. 

This year, the interns will be focusing on various aspects of establishing a foundation for fund raising and building membership; drafting articles and other written materials; being front line advocates for older persons at the global level – at the UN High Level Political Forum as well as at the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing; clarifying the means for us to achieve our advocacy priorities – Care, Human Rights, Intergenerational Solidarity, Confronting Ageism, Preserving Medicare and Social Security, Capacity Building, and more.  We are so lucky to have them join us. 

Please send us a note welcoming them.
Brynn April – Colgate University
Kylee Jacoby – Muhlenberg College
Erica Sanders – Amherst College
Jon Berger – Tufts University
Rachella Ferst – Mt. Holyoke College

With much joy,

Jack Kupferman, President

Gray Panthers NYC

917 535 0457

Join us for a Testimonial & Celebration of Age Justice

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, May 24th, 2018 @ 12:44pm

Wed, Jun 6, 2018

6 PM - 8 PM

NY Society for Ethical Culture

2 W 64 St. (at Central Park West)

New York, NY

All of our speakers and performers who were scheduled to be at the Age Justice Rally will be joining us as we run the same program that was scheduled for the Rally.  We will hear testimonials and celebrate with wine, music, refreshments, and a special performance by Diana Solomon-Glover.
 

RSVP

Healthcare is a Human Right Day of Action in Albany

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, May 24th, 2018 @ 11:42am

Gray Panthers wholeheartedly supports this initiative.  Yes, Healthcare is a Human Right.  Let's show Albany that we expect these legislators to ensure that everyone is covered with adequate health care.

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There is one week left to register for the Healthcare is a Human Right Day of Action in Albany on Tuesday, June 5th! 

Please RSVP and let us know you'll be there. RSVPs are used to organize transportation and visits with legislators, so it's very important that you register ASAP.  

Our movement is going into the day with tremendous momentum. The New York Health Act (A4738/S4840)—our state single-payer universal healthcare bill—is poised to pass the Assembly for the 4th year in a row, and now has 31 state Senate cosponsors. On June 5th, we are converging at the state Capitol in Albany to tell New York lawmakers that NOW is the time for them to stand up for healthcare for all of us.  

Please RSVP today and let us know you'll be in Albany on Tuesday, June 5th! The day will begin with a briefing about the New York Health Act at the Hart Theater in the Egg, followed by a HUGE rally at West Capital Park at 11:30. Visits to legislators are being scheduled from 1-3:30pm. 

TRANSPORTATION - Buses are leaving from across the state! Final details will be shared next week when registration closes. There will be transportation leaving from: Brooklyn (near Barclays Center), Bronx, Manhattan (near Penn Station), Manhattan (Washington Heights), Long Island, Westchester. From upstate, buses and transportation will be leaving from Binghamton, Buffalo, Ithaca, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Rockland County, Syracuse, Sullivan County, Utica, White Plains. 

As you may know, the Poor People's Campaign is organizing 40 days of action, and the theme for the week of June 5th is Ecological Devastation and Health. There will be a Moral Monday action on June 4th in Albany. If you would like to participate with the Poor People's Campaign on June 4th, and stay over for the June 5th lobby day, please sign up through our partners at Physicians for a National Health Program

Donate to make the Health Care is a Human Right day of action a success! The Campaign for New York Health is people powered and we want to make sure that activists from across the state can join us in Albany. Please give what you can. 

Help create a buzz about the day of action by spreading the word to your networks via Facebook - here's the event page to share from the Campaign for New York Health Facebook page.

Hope to see you in Albany!

Sincerely,
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Katie Robbins

Director, Campaign for New York Health     

PS: Donate to the Campaign for New York Health! We are committed to building a grassroots movement that can pass and implement legislation that guarantees healthcare as a human right for all of us in New York State. Please donate generously to support this work!

CANCELLED - Age Justice Rally - Today

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 @ 9:35am

CRITICAL ALERT

Today’s AGE JUSTICE RALLY is cancelled due to anticipated thunderstorms.  It is being rescheduled for June 2018.  So sad that we are unable to have this event today.  Gray Panthers always supports the organizers of the Radical Age Movement, organizers of the rally.

Please contact me at 917 535 0457 for details.

Jack Kupferman, President

Gray Panthers NYC

Louisiana will put 37,000 Medicaid recipients on notice that they could lose benefits

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, May 14th, 2018 @ 12:47pm

To all Gray Panthers and those who are decent human beings. 

This is one of the many reasons we must confront ageism.  Beyond deplorable.  Specifically targeting older persons who are the most vulnerable for eviction from nursing homes and other long term care facilities is never part of God's plan.  We must fight back.  Now!  Looking forward to your responses.

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/05/people_who_are_elderly_disable.html

Three Things Millennials Should Invest In

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, May 14th, 2018 @ 12:37pm

One of our own and our best, Wendl Kornfeld, offers millennials sage advice for now and for the future.  This just published interview in Forbes is a great read. Aging affects all of us, from cradle to grave.  Wendl provides practical tips to help ensure a healthier life of longevity.

Read article here...

Gray Panthers NYC sends its love and appreciation to Wendl.

Join Gray Panthers at the Age Justice Rally at Union Square on May 15th

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 @ 5:33pm

Are you tired of inequities, of ageist policies, of being invisible?  Gray Panthers is a prime sponsor of the first Age Justice Rally, organized by our partner at the Radical Age Movement.  Gray Panthers expects to have a contingent of 10 Gray Panthers to support this first ever rally.  Below are the details.  Sign up here.  Tell us how you want to help.

When: Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 4:30pm - 7pm 

Where: Union Square Park



 

Gray Panthers Steering Committee Meeting

  • Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at 6pm - 7:30pm
    Location: 271 Madison Ave Ste 1408, New York, NY 10016 (Between 39th & 40th Streets)

    REMINDER: 

    Looking forward to seeing you at our next Gray Panthers Steering Committee…

Gray Panthers Steering Committee meeting: Thursday, May 3, 2018

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 @ 11:57am

REMINDER: 
 

Looking forward to seeing you at our next Gray Panthers Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM   271 Madison Ave Ste 1408, New York, NY 10016 (Between 39th & 40th Streets).   

For full details, kindly RSVP:

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

Stand Up For Health Care!

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 @ 10:16am

This coming Thursday, April 26 at 5 p.m., we invite you to join us outside Harlem Hospital as we all “stand up for health care!” We’re bringing together New Yorkers to call out President Trump and his congressional allies for all they are doing to attack our nation’s premier health care programs: Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and family planning. 

Last year we stopped President Trump and his congressional allies from decimating Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Planned Parenthood. However, they’re continuing their attacks on health care this year nonetheless, just not quite so blatantly.

President Trump’s latest budget proposals call for huge funding cuts and radical changes to Medicare, Medicaid, the ACA, Social Security Disability, and many other domestic social programs, and the leaders in the House of Representatives is expected to put forward similar proposals soon.

In addition, since the very day of his inauguration, the Trump administration has taken many dramatic steps on its own to sabotage insurance markets, landmark consumer protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, and the essential health benefits required of all health plans.

If we don’t speak out loudly and forcefully against President Trump’s health care attacks, Congress will think we don’t care that much, and push forward with enacting his agenda. We can’t let that happen!
 

By joining together with other New Yorkers and like-minded people across the U.S., we can once again stop President Trump and his allies from undermining our cherished national health care programs. In doing so, we will hold the line so that we can (eventually) build on them to a universal health care program.

What you can do: 
Show up to this Thursday’s rally at Harlem Hospital at Lenox Avenue and 136 Street – just take the 2 or 3 train to 135th Street, and you’re right there. Bring a sign, organizational banners, and your passion!


We all know that health care is a fundamental human right, and that only government programs and policies assure that right. By joining us on Thursday, you’ll be showing your support for this stance.

Click here for all the details.

For this event, we’re excited to be joining forces with: African Communities Together; Campaign for NY Health; Citizen Action of NYC; Commission on the Public’s Health System in NYC; Communications Workers of America, Local 1180; District Council 37 AFSCME; Get Organized Brooklyn Safety Net Defenders; Health Care for America Now-NYC; Metro NY Health Care for All; NYS Nurses Association; Physicians for a National Health Program-NY Metro; Rise and Resist, UWS MoveOn-Indivisible Action Group.

We look forward to seeing you there –feel to bring along friends, colleagues, and family!

In solidarity,

Mark Hannay

Director

Gray Panthers is interested in your story about how ageism has affected your life

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 @ 10:41am

Gray Panthers is here to confront ageism in all its forms – locally, nationally, and globally.  We need to hear from you regarding how ageism has affected your life.  We want to hear of your experiences. Will you respond with your story about how ageism has affected your life?  If you know of individuals, or situations where ageism touched others, feel free to let us know. If you want your stories about ageism shared with a wider audience through our website and/or the upcoming Rally for Age Justice, please contact us at jkupferman@aol.com by Monday, April 23rd. With you, we can do much – Activism and Advocacy Against Ageism.

Employment Fair for Older Adults

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 @ 12:27pm

An Employment Workshop for Older Adults will be held on Thursday, April 19th at 10:15 AM followed by 15 minute one-on-one counseling sessions. The workshop is being held at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, located at 331 East 70th Street, between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue.
 

Call 212-490-9535 to make an individual appointment.

Please RSVP or call 212-490-9535

Gray Panthers Steering Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2016

  • Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at 6pm - 7:30pm
    Location: 271 Madison Ave Ste 1408, New York, NY 10016 (Between 39th & 40th Streets)

    REMINDER: 

    Looking forward to seeing you at our next Gray Panthers Steering Committee…

Gray Panthers Steering Committee meeting: Thursday, April 5, 2018

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, April 2nd, 2018 @ 10:48am

REMINDER: 
 

Looking forward to seeing you at our next Gray Panthers Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM   271 Madison Ave Ste 1408, New York, NY 10016 (Between 39th & 40th Streets).   

For full details, kindly RSVP:

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

DON’T STOP THE PRESSURE!

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, March 29th, 2018 @ 1:32pm

Big Budget Deal Addresses 

Some Gray Panthers' Demands


Thanks for Calling Your Members of Congress! 


BACKGROUND:

On Friday, March 23 President Trump reluctantly signed a big Omnibus Budget Reconciliation bill that increased both pentagon and domestic spending and keeps the government open to September 30, 2018.  

The National Council of Gray Panthers Networks urged its members to call their Senators and Representative to demand changes in the budget authorization plan adopted in February and in the appropriations rushed through Congress last week.  Here are some "wins" in that budget:

1. More Funds to Administer Social Security - Gray Panthers and other advocacy groups demanded increased funding so more SS offices don't get closed down and so waits to get help on the SS hotline don't become longer.  The Omnibus budget provided $12.8 billion for the administration of SS, a $480 million (3.7%) increase over last year/ This was the first time in eight years that SS administrative funding was NOT cut!  These additional funds would include $284 million for information technology modernization and $100 million to reduce backlogs for disability hearings.

2. New Infrastructure Dollars in Budget Bill - $10 billion in new funding for infrastructure was included in the budget bill. This included $2.6 billion for highways and $1.2 billion for railroads. Gray Panthers called for more funding to replace lead contaminated pipes and assuring that water is tested for contaminants in schools and day care centers. The bill included $350 million for water infrastructure and water testing in schools and day care centers.

3. Funding for Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico - Gray Panthers advocated for more Medicaid and disaster relief for Puerto Rico, whicb is still suffering six months later from Hurricane Irma. The bill included $4.9 billion in increased Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Overall, $23.5 billion in FEMA disaster relief funds were authorized.

4. CHIP Funding Was Reauthorized.  Gray Panthers, on multiple occasions, advocated for the re-authorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program.

The budget bill reauthorized CHIP for four additional years for a total 10 additional years and increased funding for community health centers.

5. Funding for Services for Elderly Increased -  Older Americans Act funding was increased for supportive services and senior centers, for congregate and home delivered meals, for preventive health and caregiver support services.  Also, programs that were slated for elimination under the Trump proposals for FY 2019, were maintained and even increased under the Omnibus budget bill:  Community Development Block Grants;  Section 202 subsidized housing for the elderly; and the Low Income Heat and Energy Assistance Project (LIHEAP). Click HERE for more information.

6. Increased Funding for College Affordability and Child Care - $2 billion in the budget for FY 2018 and $2 billion for FY 2019 for student centered programs to aid in college completion and affordability. $2.9 billion in each year for child care. Gray Panthers have supported making college affordable and expanding access to affordable child care. 

 7. Expanded Funding for Domestic Needs - Overall, this FY 2018 budget "restores and in many cases increases investments in education, health care, opiods, NIH, and other domestic priorities", according to Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash), a key negotiator of the bill.   

To negotiate for these benefits, Congress was pressured to allocate more funds for the Pentagon. In my last action alert, it was reported that -- for the first time in history -- the Pentagon is expected to go the through the fiscal discipline of being audited. That audit report is scheduled to be released this fall.  Gray Panthers should demand that this audit be made fully public so any waste, fraud and abuse and made known to the public.

THANK YOU FOR CALLING YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

This alert is posted on Facebook

www.facebook.com/NationalCouncilofGrayPanthersNetworks


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Working for Justice and Dignity for All, 


Randy Block, Chair 

National Council of Gray Panthers Networks


P.S. The National Council of Gray Panthers operates entirely with volunteer labor.  To help us cover our operating expenses,  please make a generous contribution to: the National Council of Gray Panthers Networks.  Mail checks to: Jan BenDor, NCGPN Treasurer, P.O. Box 981246, Ypsilanti, MI 48198-1246

 



 

Gray Panthers joined New Yorkers at the March for Our Lives

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, March 29th, 2018 @ 12:43pm

Gray Panthers joined an estimated 200,000 other New Yorkers at the March for Our Lives demonstration on March 24. Our banner drew lots of attention, with many people appreciating our support for young people. We explained that we fight ageism in all its forms. The march demonstrated that stereotypes of young people as thoughtless, self-absorbed and irresponsible are wrong. Denise Eardman wrote us, “I remain humbled and inspired by their mature ability to mobilize for a cause that affects them specifically, and all of us.” 

Likewise, it is ageist to stereotype older people as disengaged from the world. Our presence at the march showed our solidarity with people of all ages. Janet Karim reports that she was met with numerous women who wanted to take pictures of her sign.

Our participation was covered by media as far away as Malawi (http://www.maravipost.com/my-take-on-it-students-organize-global-march-for-our-lives-protest-rally/) and by Brooklyn College journalism students who interviewed Jack Kupferman about Gray Panthers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsVkFdbAJgc&t

THE ELDER POVERTY RELIEF ACT (repaired link)

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Friday, March 23rd, 2018 @ 9:30am

Next week, United States Senator Ron Wyden plans to introduce The Elder Poverty Relief Act. Gray Panthers is proud to be a supporter of this legislation.  This bill, originating in the US Senate, has the support of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition, organized and chaired by Social Security Works.

http://www.ncpssm.org/PublicPolicy/LettersTestimony/Documents/ArticleID/1778/Letter-Endorsing-the-Elder-Poverty-Relief-Act

The Elder Poverty Relief Act

The Elder Poverty Relief Act will help alleviate poverty among the elderly and the long-term Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries by creating a new Poverty Relief Benefit.  The Poverty Relief Benefit will provide approximately $85 a month and will increase each year by roughly 4 percent.  The Poverty Relief Benefit targets the beneficiaries most vulnerable to slipping into poverty:

  • Social Security beneficiaries age 82 or older and SSI recipients at the full retirement age (currently age 66, increasing to age 67)
  • Social Security beneficiaries and SSI recipients who have received benefits for 20 years
  • Social Security beneficiaries at the full retirement age with low monthly benefits (roughly $944 a month, adjusted annually)

If enacted, in 2019, almost 14 million people would receive the Poverty Relief Benefit.  SSA estimates that the enactment of the Poverty Relief Benefit would reduce poverty among the very old by almost 25 percent by 2030. Notably, the enactment of the Poverty Relief Benefit would not accelerate the depletion year of the Social Security trust funds.
 

March 2018

THE ELDER POVERTY RELIEF ACT

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Friday, March 23rd, 2018 @ 9:25am

Next week, United States Senator Ron Wyden plans to introduce The Elder Poverty Relief Act. Gray Panthers is proud to be a supporter of this legislation.  This bill, originating in the US Senate, has the support of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition, organized and chaired by Social Security Works.

http://www.ncpssm.org/PublicPolicy/LettersTestimony/Documents/ArticleID/1778/Letter-Endorsing-the-Elder-Poverty-Relief-Act ;

The Elder Poverty Relief Act

The Elder Poverty Relief Act will help alleviate poverty among the elderly and the long-term Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries by creating a new Poverty Relief Benefit.  The Poverty Relief Benefit will provide approximately $85 a month and will increase each year by roughly 4 percent.  The Poverty Relief Benefit targets the beneficiaries most vulnerable to slipping into poverty:

  • Social Security beneficiaries age 82 or older and SSI recipients at the full retirement age (currently age 66, increasing to age 67)
  • Social Security beneficiaries and SSI recipients who have received benefits for 20 years
  • Social Security beneficiaries at the full retirement age with low monthly benefits (roughly $944 a month, adjusted annually)

If enacted, in 2019, almost 14 million people would receive the Poverty Relief Benefit.  SSA estimates that the enactment of the Poverty Relief Benefit would reduce poverty among the very old by almost 25 percent by 2030. Notably, the enactment of the Poverty Relief Benefit would not accelerate the depletion year of the Social Security trust funds.
 

March 2018


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