A new generation of activism among older persons is dawning and the Radical Age Movement has been formed and is planning the first Age Justice rally on May 15 at 5:00 pm in Union Square in New York City. The movement is “a grassroots nationwide effort that challenges traditional notions of aging and introduces new ideas for building co-creative and interdependent communities.” The movement is focusing on age discrimination in employment, the failure of government to increase funding adequately for senior services as well as marginalization of older people in society. The movement was founded by Alice Fisher, a former New York legislative employee who worked for Senator Liz Krueger.
Its website it states,
“No age-segregation or pitting generation against generation — we want a society that works for us all. We can’t leave it to ‘experts’ to tell us how to age ‘well’ or ‘successfully,’ or to an aging industrial complex that sees older adults as a dependent group or growing market of consumers. We need new social visions that will inspire and support people to grow and participate actively throughout their entire lives.
It’s up to us.
This movement brings to mind the early days of StateWide Senior Action Council and the Gray Panthers when a previous generation of activists organized for political action as well as cultural reform to change society’s view of older people. That work is continuing now as a new larger generation of Baby Boomers becomes seniors. The Village Movement is another great example of older persons taking the lead in their own self determination to remain living independently.
Here is a link on the web to the Radical Age Movement with more information about it and the rally www.radicalagemovement.org