Dec 18 What the Fiscal Cliff Means for Elder Programs
Doua Thor

Everywhere you turn these days, it seems that you can’t get away from talk of the “fiscal cliff.” As advocates for elders, we too, are concerned with the impending austerity measures and how, if triggered, they will impact funding for programs for our elder generations.

Dec 4 SEARAC 2012 Civic Engagement Efforts
Tong Thao

...true civic engagement does not start and end with election season, nor should civic engagement be reduced to the act of voting. The importance of staying active in the community, continually advocating for and on behalf of your community, your interest, your values, and your future are the core of being civically engaged...

Sep 25 Have You Registered to Vote Yet?

Today is National Voter Registration Day! The results of this year’s election will impact the policies affecting our diverse communities. Your vote and your voice is needed to elect lawmakers who will craft comprehensive policies that uplifts our communities, especially on issues like immigration, education, health care reforms, and Social Security.

Be part of this national civic engagement movement as we make sure the voices of Southeast Asian Americans are heard. Register to vote online here on our website! 

Aug 14 Reflections on Social Security from a Young Person
Ivy Ngo

Earlier this summer, I participated in the National Academy of Social Insurance’s seminar for young people, “Demystfying Social Security.” It was a great experience to engage with summer interns and learn from other young people on the Social Security program, and it’s reaffirmed my deep appreciation for Social Security as a key tenet of the our social safety net.

Oct 28 The Recession and Older Americans
Jintana Lityouvong

"Inelegantly, and without my consent, time passed." - Miranda July

Whether I'm enjoying it or not, I have to face the fact that I'm getting older. I'm paying bills, I get judged when I order Happy Meals, and after I graduate I have to worry about securing a job in the real world and become a contributing member to society. Gross.

And of course as I'm getting older, so is the society and everyone in it around me, whether it's enjoyable or not.

This year, the first wave of Baby Boomers turned 65 years old. Millions upon millions of them are rushing toward the retirements which they’ve been entitled to, only to find out one huge problem: we don't have any money. The 2007-2009 recession has left us with growing unemployment, the collapse of the housing market, and a large drop in lifetime savings that has greatly affected the retirement security of older Americans.

Aug 18 Social Security Turns 76!
Ivy Ngo

This week, Social Security turned 76 years old, an age at which the program itself would have been receiving a monthly stipend. As a celebration of the life and longevity of the program, read on to learn about some of Social Security’s achievements throughout its industrious career, and its undeniable benefits for the Southeast Asian American community.

Dec 20 Congress Approves the Middle Class Tax Relief Act
Ivy Ngo

Last week, the House passed the Middle Class Tax Relief Act, a bill that would extend the Bush tax cuts for an additional two years. The House vote came one day after the Senate approved the $858 billion plan by a margin of 81 to 19. 139 Democrats and 138 Republicans voted in favor of the bill - one of the highest showings of Congressional bipartisan agreement since President Obama took office in 2009.

The bill itself can be considered a mixed bag, a combination of good and bad provisions.