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 …

AARP DC Leads Age-Friendly DC Discussion

AARP DC Leads Age-Friendly DC Discussion

Posted on 12/6/2013 by | AARPDistrict of Columbia | Comments

Advocacy Key knowledge leaders from throughout the District recently met to assess needs that ensure the city is an age-friendly community.  AARP DC and the District’s Age-Friendly DC Initiative are collaborators for an international effort started by the World Health Organization (WHO) to respond to significant demographics trends in: urbanization and population aging. AARP State Director Louis Davis facilitated a meeting where leaders from area organizations discussed how DC functions in two of ten categories for DC’s Age-Friendly Initiative. The ten …

Consumers Call for Transparency About Energy Supply

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy The D.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) is investigating the marketing practices of retail energy suppliers to ensure adequate consumer protections. In a deregulated utility market, consumers can buy energy from retail suppliers instead of using standard plans offered by electric and gas utilities. Some D.C. residents have complained of being switched without their consent. AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) submitted testimony to the PSC in July describing deceptive marketing practices reported by clients and recommending ways to fix …