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President Joins AARP CEO, “Save Our Retirement” Coalition to Praise Progress on Better Standard for Retirement Investment Advice

Posted on 02/23/2015 by | AARP DC | Comments

February 23, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC – Today President Barack Obama joined AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, and members of the Save Our Retirement coalition to announce that a major step has been taken on a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that would update requirements for those who give financial advice to individual retirement plan savers. Americans saving for retirement currently lose an estimated 6 to 17 billion dollars per year due to bad investment advice. The …

Voting Rights 50 Years Later: Leaders Say the March to the Polls is Still Indispensable

Posted on 02/16/2015 by | AARP DC | Comments

As America celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), millions of eyes are on the hard-fought battle that was finally won in 1965. Forums, documentaries, and movies, such as “Selma”, are permeating the airwaves with the historic events that led to the Congressional passage of the VRA, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Aug. 6, 1965. But, even as the celebration of the victory has begun, there are those whose eyes remain focused on …

FREE Screening of Before You Know It, a New Documentary

Posted on 02/10/2015 by | AARP DC | Comments

Join us on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. for a viewing of Before You Know It, a documentary film by PJ Raval. This event will be held at AARP Headquarters and is sponsored by AARP DC, SAGE Metro DC, Mary’s House and the Capital PRIDE Alliance. A facilitated panel discussion will follow this movie screening. The subjects of Before You Know It are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, …

Economic Empowerment: The Unfinished Business of Civil Rights

Posted on 02/9/2015 by | AARP DC | Comments

National Urban League President/CEO Marc Morial, who last year hosted a conference themed, “Bridges to Jobs and Justice,” often stresses the need for poor people to have jobs as a key to economic empowerment and civil rights. Marcia Griffin, founder of Homefree USA, says home ownership is crucial to economic empowerment since “96 percent of African-American wealth is in our homes.” Michael Grant, president/CEO of the National Bankers Association, says the key to economic empowerment in the Black community is …

Free Tax Assistance and Preparation from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Begins in February 2014

Posted on 02/3/2015 by | AARP DC | Comments

This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for Washington, DC taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. “AARP DC is pleased to once again join with the AARP Foundation to …

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History, Has Strong Connections to D.C.

Posted on 02/1/2015 by | AARP DC | Comments

Carter G. Woodson, Ph.D., was born to former slaves in 1875. His parents, Anne Eliza (Riddle) and James Henry Woodson, could neither read nor write. Instead of going to school, he stayed home and worked the family farm in New Canton, Va. Having largely taught himself, he didn’t attend high school until he was 20 years old. And yet, as a man with this humble childhood experience, Carter Godwin Woodson went on to attend Berea College in Kentucky, the University …