Activism

Get ready to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Social Security on August 14th!. Since its inception in 1935, it has become a robust, multifaceted, and exceptional program. When President F.D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, its purpose was simply to “give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against
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“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The
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A group of artists in New York’s Catskill Mountains have joined the war on Coronavirus by making facemasks for healthcare staff: the Catskilled Crafters. This group of artists in upstate New York have shifted from creating art projects (see the Senior Planet story about them here) to stepping up during this pandemic.  In just two
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Senior Planet is re-running an interview with Peter Harnik, now retired, who is one of the first leaders of Environmental Action, the non-profit formed by the organizers of Earth Day.  Later this month, Senior Planet Montgomery, in partnership with the Montgomery County’s Department of Energy Protection, will be rolling out online programs on energy efficiency
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The concept is simple and sensible: if a new medical treatment or medication is meant to be used on all members of the population in need of it, it should be tested on all genders and ethnicities. Diversity in medical research has been a point of agreement and discussion for decades, with ongoing efforts to
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When Ken Shaw of San Francisco joined the Peace Corps in rural Zambia as an agriculture specialist, he was 61. “To say it was eye-opening is an understatement,” said the retired county health department employee and part-time actor, adding he was fulfilling “my old hippie dream.” `It’s the greatest experience you’ll ever have,” the Hicksville,
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It’s Labor Day, so you’re going to hear a lot about the recipes, sales, and the weather — particularly as Dorian bears down on Florida. But with its roots in the worker movements of the 19th century, Labor Day is a good time to remember that workers over 65 — the fastest-growing segment of the workforce
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Gwen Garvey can’t wait for school to start. She doesn’t know how many classes she will take or what topics she will study, but she still can’t wait. As soon as the catalog comes out, she’s deciding. And if history repeats, she will likely take several classes. Garvey, 75, lives in the Beaufort, South Carolina
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Oscar-nominated for her role in Come Back, Little Sheba 66 years ago, Terry Moore, 90, has just one dream left. She hopes to receive another nod for what might be her final role in the upcoming film,  Silent Life, Vladislav Kozlov’s drama about silent movie icon Rudolph Valentino,  set for release next year (learn more
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According to published reports, like this story by National Public Radio, bees and beekeeping are under threat, and that’s bad news for the food chain – plants from apples to zucchini rely on them to pollinate and propagate. In fact, bees are responsible for about one in every three bites of food we consume.  Whether
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