Watch Hungry in the West End

Watch Hungry in the West End

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy Our award-winning (Best Documentary, 2013 LA Web Series Festival) multimedia exploration of senior hunger in Providence’s West End community includes an eight-part video documentary series produced, directed and narrated by AARP Rhode Island’s John Martin and Web-based stories by Jody McPhillips. Hungry in the West End, made possible by a generous grant from AARP Foundation Drive to End Hunger, is part of AARP Rhode Island’s wide-ranging community engagement effort. Watch for the video series in Spanish, coming soon.     AARPRI AARPRI Hungry in the …

Honoring an Extraordinary Woman

Honoring an Extraordinary Woman

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy Please join the AARP Executive Council, the State Legislative Committee and the State Office staff in congratulating State Director Kathleen Connell, honored on March 8 as an Extraordinary Woman in the field of health advocacy and education. The award was presented as part of International Woman’s Day celebrations nationwide. She joins previous Extraordinary Woman winners, AARPRI Executive Council member Donna Policastro and AARPRI Director of  Community Outreach, Deborah Miller. Watch Kathleen’s very gracious acceptance speech. AARPRI   AARPRI

Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community,  But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community, But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Posted on 02/24/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP From the tragic 1955 death of Emmett Till to the Montgomery bus boycott to civil rights battles of the 1960s and even to the issues of unequal justice in 2014, civil rights leaders say the Black Church has remained a headquarters for healing, rejuvenation and planning. “It remains our oasis in the desert. It remains our spiritual reservoir. It remains the most independent organization controlled by Black people. It even …

Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Posted on 02/17/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP If the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom had used Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, Instagram and other social media to draw people to Washington, D.C., what would have been different about that great gathering on the Mall of the U. S Capital? That question kicked off a Martin Luther King holiday forum discussion that grew from what could have happened with social media to ways that …

Leadership Principles of Civil Rights Leaders Offer Guidelines for the Future

Leadership Principles of Civil Rights Leaders Offer Guidelines for the Future

Posted on 02/10/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP When AARP CEO A. Barry Rand and his wife met the revered South Africa President Nelson Mandela in 1994, the first thing that Dr. Rand said he noticed about his demeanor was the “quiet dignity” that he exuded. In a statement upon his death, Rand also described the beloved Madiba’s “strong conviction, inspiring confidence, the wisdom of his years and experiences, and a strong moral character.” Dr. Rand concluded, “He …

Civil Rights Leaders Tell Why They Stay in the Battle

Civil Rights Leaders Tell Why They Stay in the Battle

Posted on 02/3/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP The civil rights struggles of the 1940s, 50s and 60s were largely led by youth and college students, many who were members of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee or the NAACP Student Council. Now in their 70s, 80’s and even 90s, some view their civil rights mission as a life’s work with no retirement in the plan. “I still have an interest in my people and that keeps me anointed …