The mission of the Community Advocacy Network of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to bridge the missions of the Alliance itself to community-based organizations. The Alliance for Retired Americans fights to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security. The Community Advocacy Network will strive to broaden this fight to include not just our retired union brothers and sisters, but all older Americans with whom we share the brother and sisterhood of humanity, of a common cause.
The Alliance and Community Advocacy Network believe that all older and retired persons have a responsibility to strive to create a society that incorporates these goals and rights, and that retirement provides them with opportunities to carry this torch in new and expanded ways. The Community Advocacy Network, therefore, will serve as a driving force to enroll and mobilize senior and community activists into a nationwide grassroots movement advocating a progressive political and social agenda - one that respects work and strengthens families.
The long-term goal of the Community Advocacy Network is to become an umbrella for progressive activism among older Americans. By bringing community-based organizations together to fight for vital political and social issues, the Community Advocacy Network will foster a culture of community and activism among seniors across America.
In pursuit of these values, the Community Advocacy Network will:
- Build a strong organization of seniors with a viable structure, ample resources and clear objectives - a structure compatible with that of the labor movement and community-based groups at local, state and national levels.
- Create programs and membership organizations designed to promote a commitment by retired workers and older persons to the concept of lifelong activism, of continued fidelity to the notion that every American deserves a dignified retirement.
- Encourageall segments of the senior population to act with unity on legislative, political and policy issues of importance to retirees and their families in order to maximize their influence on federal, state and local governments and on private organizations that affect their interests.
If you would like a "how-to" packet of information about reaching out to your community neighbors, please contact the national Alliance for Retired Americans at 888-373-6497 or email us at ARAgrassroots@retiredamericans.org.
In fulfilling this mission, the Alliance is pleased to partner with the National Committee for Grandparents for Children's Rights, http://www.grandparentsforchildren.org/.
The National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights was established to form a coalition of concerned grandparents, citizens and agencies united to create one powerful voice and to network with groups throughout the nation that share our goals. Their mission is to advocate and lobby for substantial and urgent legislative changes that protect the rights of grandparents to secure their grandchildren's health, happiness and well-being. Brigitte Castellano, a member of the Alliance's Executive Board, is Executive Director of the organization.