Webinar: Why Communities of Color Should Care About Social Security

Social Security reform is not solely a critical issue for seniors, the disabled, and the dependent survivors of workers who die young – each community of color has a distinct stake in its outcome.  Please join us for a dynamic, interactive dialogue discussing:

  • How Social Security reform uniquely affects African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, American Indian and Asian Americans;
  • How Social Security reform uniquely affects men, women, and children of color;
  • The current political climate, including why conservatives perpetuate the myth that Social Security is bankrupt; and,
  • Recommendations for strengthening Social Security in a targeted, equitable way. Continue reading

African Americans and Social Security: A Primer

African Americans and Social Security: A Primer Although many African Americans depend on Social Security benefits to meet their basic needs, the value of the program to this group is often debated and sometimes misrepresented or discounted. At a time when the nation is seeking to put its financial house in order and concurrently considering reforms to guarantee the future solvency and sustainability of Social Security, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, with support from AARP, prepared this primer to spell out the facts about how Social Security’s disability, survivor and retirement programs serve African Americans.

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Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies 2009 Poll Briefs

These findings are from a survey of 850 African Americans and 850 members of the general U.S. population (including 721 white Americans) that was conducted for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies by Research America between May 21 and June 9, 2009. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies National Opinion Poll about Social Security, Retirement Savings and the Economic Downturn found many striking differences between African Americans and whites on these topics. Continue reading

Retirement Prospects and Perils: Public Opinion on Social Security and Wealth, by Race, 1997 – 2005

Retirement Prospects and Perils: Public Opinion on Social Security and Wealth, by Race, 1997 - 2005Between 1997 and 2005, numerous polls were conducted to assess the views of the U.S. population about savings behavior, expected sources of retirement income, and the status of the Social Security system. This report examines findings from these polls for African Americans, white Americans, and persons of all races (combined) and makes comparisons across racial/ethnic groups as data allow. Continue reading