Alliance Educational Fund Awards Seidman Prize
Washington, D.C. — The Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund awarded its seventh annual Bert and Annabel Seidman Prize for Advancing Social Policy to National Labor College (NLC) students Jon Leinbaugh, a member of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association from Rockford, Illinois, and Joe Walsh, a member of the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters from Attica, New York.
Seidman Prize 2012
Alliance Educational Fund Awards Seidman Prize Prize-winning Paper Explores Workers Voting Against Present and Future Interests
Washington, D.C. At tomorrow's National Labor College (NLC) commencement, the Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund (Alliance Educational Fund) will award its second annual Bert and Annabel Seidman Prize for Advancing Social Policy to NLC student Christopher J. Valverde, a sheet metal worker from San Jose, California.Read More »
About the Alliance
The Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund focuses on growing senior grassroots involvement in public policy issues; educating on public policy issues that affect retirees; researching and developing written materials that address public policy affecting retirees; and working with other not-for-profit organizations on issues that affect retirees.
- Grassroots Organization Building
The Fund will support State Alliance for Retired Americans' chapters in the 30 chartered states with state assigned staff, leadership training, and coalition building instruction. Working with seniors in those states, we will build an organization from the ground up to educate policy makers on all levels. The Fund's plan is to build 20 more state Alliance chapters in order to have all 50 states chartered.
The Fund will conduct seminars and conferences for retired workers and pre-retirees on a variety of issues, with a focus on health care and retirement security. Specific materials will be developed for use in its educational efforts, including reports and issue briefs, pamphlets, brochures, video presentations, and electronic information. The Fund will provide publications to educate older and retired Americans on issues of concern, and compile rosters of qualified experts and professionals with respect to these issues so that retiree groups will have a variety of sources to turn to in order to educate themselves.
Research focuses on health care and retirement security; specific topics may include, but are not limited, to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act, as well as other entitlement programs. We study and evaluate current legislative and regulatory initiatives in the United States on these issues, as well as practices drawn from other countries and recommendations from experts and scholars in the field. The organization will create issue papers and other evaluative documents and will distribute them to the public.
- Conduct Coalition Work/Activities
The Fund will foster cooperative work and coalition building among not-for-profit organizations, community groups, worker and retiree organizations, and unions that share common goals with respect to issues that affect retirees. The focus will be on information exchange, shaping debate, and building support among members of the public, lawmakers, and institutions and individuals who are influential in shaping policy on these issues at the national, state and local levels.
* The Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund is affiliated with the Alliance for Retired Americans, a social welfare organization devoted to advocacy on issues of importance to retirees and their families.