Ensuring that our elders’ voices are heard by policymakers and legislators

In June 2016, the Administration for Community Living (ACL)/U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) announced a public comment period on their Guidance for the Development and Submission of State Plans on Aging, State Plan Amendments and the Intrastate Funding Formula. This guidance is used by Administration on Aging regional offices to develop state plans on aging, which provide statewide funding and support for Older Americans Act programs. (For more on the importance of the Older Americans Act to diverse elders, click here.)

downloadThe Diverse Elders Coalition has partnered with Caring Across Generations to mobilize our communities to respond to the ACL’s guidance template and ensure that our elders’ needs are met by the Administration on Aging and its regional offices. Caring Across Generations is a national movement of families, caregivers, people with disabilities and aging Americans working to transform the way we care in this country.

To read the ACL’s planning guidance in its entirety, click here. (PDF)

On August 11, 2016, the Diverse Elders Coalition and Caring Across Generations hosted a Twitter chat about the #TellACL campaign. We discussed the aging needs of American Indian/Alaska Native elders, Asian American and Pacific Islander elders, Black elders, Hispanic elders, and LGBT elders. Check out the Storify of that chat here: https://storify.com/DiverseElders/diverse-elders-coalition-tellacl-twitter-chat

On August 22, 2016, the Diverse Elders Coalition submitted over 4,500 comments from our members to the ACL, urging that the final guidance released by the ACL explicitly acknowledges the needs of our diverse communities and encourages state aging programming to meet those needs. To read more, click here.

To find the formal comments to the ACL from each of our five member organizations, check out the Civic Engagement section of our Resources page.

 

President Barack Obama casts his ballot during early voting at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Chicago, Ill., Oct. 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama casts his ballot during early voting at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Chicago, Ill., Oct. 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Registering to Vote

As the 2016 Election approaches, we encourage everyone to register to vote and ensure that our voices are heard. Our communities are becoming increasingly disenfranchised by redistricting efforts and attacks against voting rights and the Voting Rights Act. It is important for our elders to participate in the electoral process and have a say in shaping our nation for years to come.

Election Day is on Tuesday, November 8, 2016—we’ll be electing not just our next President, but many of our elected officials, at the federal, state, and local levels.

Resources

Register to Vote at USA.gov: https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote

Información de registro de votantes en español: http://veyvota.yaeshora.info/

APIA Vote offers voting assistance in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Tagalog: 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683)