About Us

Mission Statement: Activism and Advocacy Against Ageism

Vision Statement: The Gray Panthers envisions a world where the old and the young
have much to contribute to make our society more just and humane, and in which each reinforces the other in goals, strategy, and action.

To all Gray Panthers,

We’ve created an easy and concise way to tell others what Gray Panthers does and why.  We see every one of you as an ambassador for our efforts. When people ask: “Can you tell me more about Gray Panthers?”, below is a very good description.  We suggest that you include in this “elevator pitch” that Gray Panthers has held 501(c)(3) status since 1973, making donations tax deductible.

"Do you believe that all people, regardless of age, should be treated fairly and equally? If so, you have found the right organization: The Gray Panthers, NYC Network. In the fighting spirit of our founder Maggie Kuhn, Gray Panthers aggressively tackles the important issues of ageism. Our members tirelessly advocate for progress in areas such as: an international declaration on the rights of older persons; pushing our national leaders to preserve Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security; care and health; and making sure that New York State and New York City protect the most vulnerable among us. If you become part of our organization, you will be part of these vital efforts. Will you join us by becoming a dues-paying member? If you are interested, I’d like to e-mail you a list of recent accomplishments of the Gray Panthers, NYC Network."

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Maggie Kuhn

Maggie Kuhn


How will you work to create the world you envision?

Gray Panthers believe in active engagement. We believe civic participation and responsibility are fundamental to achieving social and economic justice and peace.

We work to:

  • Create a humane society – one that puts the needs of people over profits, responsibility over power and democracy over institutions.
  • Eliminate injustice, discrimination, ageism wherever they exist.
  • Bring together young and old, women and men of all backgrounds and orientations, to work in unison, with mutual trust and respect.

Make your voice heard!

Gray Panthers work together on the issues you believe in.

  • Creating a single-payer, universal health care system
  • Protecting the environment
  • Promoting peace and international human rights



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