You’ve Earned A Say

Chained CPI Petitions Delivered to Capitol Hill: 1.5 Million Say No

Posted on 08/9/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsFifteen cardboard boxes. Ten thousand pages. And about 1.5 million people who want to be heard signed their names on one or more petitions, for a total of 2.3 million signatures. A group of AARP volunteers — known as the Capitol Hill Strike Force — descended on the U.S. Capitol this morning to deliver their messages to the House Ways and Means Committee. “As members of Congress consider proposals to reform these vital retirement security programs, it’s critical that they …

AARP Volunteers Giving Americans Their “Say”

Posted on 11/7/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Margot Seay. Margot is AARP’s first National Volunteer Director.  AARP launched You’ve Earned a Say (YEaS) this spring to take the conversation about Medicare and Social Security out from behind closed doors in Washington and bring it into states and communities across the country. The effort has been huge, and the response … overwhelming!  We have held more than 3,200 You’ve Earned a Say events nationwide, generated more than 1,500 media stories, engaged more than 3.6 …

The AARP Voters’ Guide Is a Great Tool … But Don’t Take Our Word for It!

Posted on 09/20/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsElection day is more than six weeks away, but we already have a winner. The 2012 AARP Voters’ Guide has been named one of the six best voter education tools by NerdWallet, a leader in data transparency and financial literacy. NerdWallet’s criteria were “most innovative, thorough, and well-researched voter education tools, resources and non-profits out there.” The AARP Voters’ Guide supports You’ve Earned a Say to provide Americans with information — no political jargon or spin — about proposals on …

Hispanic 50+ Voters: We Need more Information on Future of Social Security and Medicare

Posted on 08/21/2012 by |Washington D.C. | Comments

Personal HealthAt AARP, we look at life after 50 as an exciting opportunity to enjoy a second youth. Retirement itself should then be seen as a hopeful journey rather than stepping into the unknown. Unfortunately, a new series of surveys commissioned by AARP shows that a key group of Hispanic voters 50+ are looking at the coming November election with a high level of preoccupation. This seems to be driven by economic anxieties that extend well beyond the single issue of …

It all Happened at the Fair!

Posted on 08/17/2012 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeJenn Baier AARP Communications Rep reporting to you live from the AARP tent at the Illinois State Fair… This year’s state fair in Springfield was happening! With record crowds and beautiful weather AARP staff and volunteers were proud to be a part of it all.  “Main Street USA” was full of choices, options, ideas and information. Like  the classic  Rodgers and Hammerstein musical… come along with us as we sing our way through the festivities!  Reminiscent of Oliver, “Food, Glorious Food!” was a definite …

How will boomers’ economic anxiety affect their vote?

Posted on 08/8/2012 by |Voter Engagement | Comments

PoliticsIt’s August. Your thermostat has likely cracked 100 degrees. But hopefully, you’re on vacation with your families or watching the Olympics (Go USA!!) in a cool place with a cold beverage in hand. And I bet that if you live in a battleground state, there’s something else you want a vacation from: the endless parade of political ads between now and November 6th. Most candidates seem too busy beating up one another to tell us where they really stand on …