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Title Daily Breakthrough, November 20, 1977
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Transcript By Emily Miller Ladner and Loraine Elms They are not like old cars, to be thrown on a junk pile; they are "the elders of the tribe," with knowledge and experience and wisdom. They are the Gray Panthers. Their motto is "Age and Youth in Action," and they mean organized, informed, political action. Do you want to work past your 65th birthday, or do you want to retire at 65 with full Social Security benefits? The Gray Panthers think it should be your choice, and they intend to see that you legally have that choice. Do you believe that age alone should not determine your freedom to make your own decisions, or your ability to get credit or insurance? The Gray Panthers say: "Above all, we are fighting ageism, the discrimination that reduces elders to second- class citizens. Ageism, like racism and sexism, is a socially destructive force." Maggie Kuhn, founder and leader of the organization, is attending the IWY Conference. "I'm 71," says Kuhn, "and I don't want to be dumped on the scrap heap. I don't want to be isolated from mainstream living or from the companionship of people of all ages." Kuhn's employers could force her to retire at 65, but they couldn't force her to accept "growing old gracefully." In fact, they freed her; with no job to lose, she dares to combat what she considers basic social and economic flaws. Old and young alike suffer from discriminatory hiring practices, poor housing, inadequate public transportation and the lack of a comprehensive health service; improvements the Gray Panthers achieve in these areas, they point out, benefit the whole community. "The New York Gray Panthers helped get some new 'kneeling buses.' These have a ramp which lets down when the doors open, so wheelchairs, walkers and crutches can be easily used. We joined forces with the handicapped on this project," says Kuhn, "and a lot of people will benefit." Gray Panthers had its national beginning in Philadelphia in 1970 under the name Coalition of Older and Younger Adults. Within two years, the group of aggressive idealists had battled formidable antagonists such, as the Pennsylvania Bank and Trust and the Philadelphia Transportation Authority with such ferocity that a radio announcer dubbed the group "Gray Panthers." The name stuck. In Texas, three cities, Houston, San Antonio and Austin, have Gray Panther affiliate groups. Gray Panthers of Greater Houston grew from a seed planted when Kuhn visited Houston a year ago. The group formally affiliated with national Gray Panthers in May 1977, and has been meeting monthly to choose priorities and organize task forces. Members want to find ways to combat age discrimination in employment, salary scales, retirement policies, insurance, housing, transportation, inflation, health care and social services, and other areas of their lives which they feel are unfairly manipulated. Esther Faerber, acting convener of the Houston organization, and Viva Kuykendall, membership chairperson, are a dynamic pair who together personify the motto, "Age and Youth in Action." According to Faerber, "We choose to assert our right to be and become old in ways which express dignity, vitality, power, and our diversity and richness of experience. We believe that individually and together we have the power to stop the bigotry of ageism." The Gray Panthers have organized a media watch to combat degrading stereotypes such as Carol Burnett's skits as a senile, toothless woman. "Encouraging people to laugh at a human tragedy is the ultimate demeaning of a person," Kuhn says. The Houston group's media watch reacts quickly; when a local TV station presented a doctor speaking against national health services, a member notified Faerber, who spoke in favor of such services on that same evening's news broadcast. Faerber also recently spoke at HF.W's Public Forum on Health Insurance and at the Gray Panthers' National Convention, where her topic was "How Secure is Your Social Security?" For more information contact the Houston group at (713) 464-2179 or (713) 869-0318; the address of national headquarters is 3700 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19104. GE CTION The Gray Panthers Support Human Rights For All People Without Regard To Sexual Preference. Join the National Gay Task Force America's Largest Gay Civil Rights Organization Visit NGTF's exhibit, No. 525-527, Albert Thomas Hall "Keep the Agenda Moving-Let All Issues Be Heard" National Gay Task Force, Rm. 506, 80 Fifth Ave New York, N.Y. 10011, Tel. (212) 741-1010 Yes, I would like to join NGTF. Enclosed is my contribution for: n $15 Basic Member Q $500 Sponsoring Member □ $25 Contributing Member Q $1000 Lifetime Member □ $50 Sustaining Member □ $25 Household Member (for two) □ $100 Supporting Member □ $5 Limited Income Member I understand that I will receive the NGTF newsletter, ITS TIME, with my membership. □ Please keep my name and mailing confidential. Name .r„_. Address City State Q Charge it on Master Charge Card # Interbank # Expiration Date Signature Zip. TOUff^P^ FABULOUS HOUSTON... The easy way! 7 EXCITING TOURS 1 Houston in brief 2 Houston and Astrodome 3 NASA—LBJ Space Center 6 Evening Shopping Tour 4 Galveston Isle 5 Historic San Jacinto Battleground, Port of Houston 7 Evening Escapade— Night life tour of Houston ^ contact your Hotel Bell Captain for tickets and reservations PAGE 22 NOVEMBER 20, 1977 DAILY BREAKTHROUGH