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Gray Panthers joined a couple hundred enthusiastic supporters of NY Single-Payer Health Care at a rally outside Senator Marty Golden's office in Bay Ridge on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.   Sen. Golden was conspicuously absent as 'Fight Back Bay Ridge' delivered over 1,500 signatures from constituents asking the Senator to support single-payer health care and the US State Sentate Bill S4840. 

Speakers from Physicians for a National Health Program, local organizations, activist groups, and other New Yorkers described benefits of the NY Health Act, and explained dangers of the proposed American Health Care Act, including denied benefits and gaps in coverage.  One young woman described a close friend who is foregoing treatment for a potentially curable condition because of cost. 

The rally had a theme of "super heroes," demanding Sen. Golden be one by recognizing healthcare as a non-partisan, human rights issue that will dramatically reduce healthcare costs for New York. Many of those at the rally wore capes and masks to enforce the message.  The Gray Panthers contingent, appropriately garbed, was multi-generational — with members aged 13 months through 60s.  Our message got across loud and clear!

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Gray Panthers Golden Rally Bay Ridge, 31 May 2017

Join Gray Panthers at the Rally To Pass The New York Health Act

Gray Panthers invites you to join the South Brooklyn Progressive Resistance & Fight Back Bay Ridge at their Rally To Pass The New York Health Act. The Rally is co-sponsored by NYC DSA, NY Health Act Now, #Getorganizedbk, Bay Ridge Democrats Brooklyn Resisters, Rally For Healthcare, Socialist Alternative, Black Lives Matter, and Gray Panthers NYC.

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The rally will be held on Wednesday, May 31, from 4:30 - 8:30 PM at Senator Marty Golden's office, 7408 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Gray Panthers is proud to participate in this year's Earth Day activities. 

It is the responsibility of every generation to stand up and be counted on this life issue.  We need volunteers to help spread the word!  Please RSVP to for more details where and when to meet.

Car Free Earth Day Postcard FL (dragged)

Fight for the preservation of Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid!
Please come to our kick off meeting to fight for the preservation of Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid.  As Gray Panthers, the time is now to work with others and to help ensure that health care opportunities are not squandered in this current administration. As you know, Gray Panthers is an all-volunteer organization focusing on issues that impact age and youth. We believe civic participation and responsibility are fundamental to achieving social and economic justice and peace. 

Preserving Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs that are targeted for redesigns at the federal level is our central focus under this new administration. We have issued a Statement of Urgency to our members and activists:

Gray Panthers NYC deems the current threat to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to be a matter of urgency. We commit to initiating and/or supporting whatever actions necessary to defend against the diminution or elimination of essential services designed to keep older persons living with independence and out of poverty. Gray Panthers is further committed to improving existing benefits so future generations and all who are aging may be similarly assured.

Please support Gray Panthers today with a generous donation and by becoming a member. You may also contact us to volunteer by replying to this email or calling 917-535-0457  Our volunteers will follow up with you shortly to invite you to attend an activist training or to join us at upcoming events as a NYC Gray Panther.  

Our next meeting is on March 16, 2017, 6 PM, at the office of Transportation Alternatives, 111 John Street, Suite 206, New York, NY 10038.  Would you like to come?  Looking forward to seeing you then.

Sen. Liz Krueger’s 10th Annual Senior Resource Fair, Thurs., Oct 27, 2016, 2:00-5:00 PM. Temple Emanu-El, entrance at 1 East 65th St. NYC.  Free admission. Light refreshments. Wheelchair accessible. Visit Gray Panthers NYC @Table 27.  Over 50 exhibitors of services for older New Yorkers. Get flyer here...

gray panthers nov 3 2016 ageism fundraiser


Gray Panthers, NYC Network, hosted Happy Hour at Studio Kraut Bohemian Bar & Kitchen in the heart of the Chelsea neighborhood on Sunday, July 31, 2016, inviting all to “Eat, Drink, Complain!” The theme was to have some fun and relieve current anxieties about the political scene, as well as to recruit new members of all ages to engage in, and advance, the organization’s mission of 'Activism and Advocacy Against Ageism'. President Jack Kupferman remained all business amidst the lively music and cocktail-fueled networking, signing up enthusiastic new members on his laptop.

The 25 participants included Joan Davis, a long-time activist Gray Panthers member; Isabelle Leighton, Director of the Equality Fund at Asian Americans for Equality, peripatetic writer Sally Wendkos Olds, and others eager to learn more about how they can engage with the organization. Points of common interest, ideas, and life stories were exchanged over Studio Kraut's savory Giant Pretzels, Beirock Bites, and Truffle Fries (made deliciously possible by donors).

Recruitment doesn't end with 'Eat, Drink, Complain'. Potential members are encouraged to use the two buttons on the right side of this page, “Join” and “Donate".  Join up, donate, bring your ideas and energy to the table.  The world needs Gray Panthers now more than ever, and Gray Panthers needs you.

For more information, please contact Jack Kupferman at 917.535.0457 or

From Personal Stories to Policy: Improving the lives of care recipients and their helpers – Family Caregivers and those Paid for Service

For the public and professionals alike, this Town Hall hopes to identify practical solutions or ideas.  We hope to hear about concerns, fears and solutions – from home care workers; care recipients; and family caregivers.  Our focus will be on:  Alleviating the dearth of support, training, and education for caregivers (family and those paid); the human cost of escalating financial costs; how to address diversity and cultural competency; and maximizing autonomy and personal freedom for recipients.

Sponsored by Gray Panthers NYC Network

When:   Wednesday, April 27, 2016    1:30-4:00 PM 

Where:  Bronx Courthouse Rotunda –  851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York   

4, B or D train to 161st St., Yankee Stadium Bx1 bus to 161st St. & Grand Concourse Bx6 bus or #55 bus to River Avenue & 161st Street

Panelists: Robin Fenley, PhD,. Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging; Carol Rodat, NY Policy Director – PHI National; Caring Kind/Alzheimer’s Association;  Joanna Leefer, MBA, GSC – Senior Care Advisor

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