CBTU Retiree Committee
The CBTU Retiree Committee
is a group of senior advocates who act as the conscience of the senior
movement from a black and minority perspective.
(412) 241-4766 /ofc: (412) 371-6784/fax
(202) 526-4869/res.; (202) 832-0892/fax
Geraldine Cross Bennet (Baltimore)
James Jackson (New Jersey)
- Guarantee the integrity of
the Social Security program by denying the right to use the Social
Security Trust funds for any other purpose.
- Oppose raising the age
requirement for social security, because it is unfair to African Americans
and other minorities.
- Use the social security
surplus to preserve the Social Security Trust Fund.
- Oppose any form of
privatizing social security, but fight for raising the earning cap.
- Push for a strong patients
bill of rights law.
- Expose the culturally
biased age decisions of social security, Medicare, managed care and
congressional officials, because they are based on information from mostly
middle class, European-American healthy males. CBTU/retiree committee
- Contact your U.S. senator
or House representative at (202) 225-3131, and urge them to protect older
workers in the new cash balance pension plans.
- Urge your members of
Congress to act now to prevent drastic cuts in affordable housing for
seniors and low income families.
- Urge support for
Clinton/Gore Medicare plan, which includes the new prescription drug
- Urge support for Sen. Ted
Kennedy's (D-Mass.) bill - S.731 - the Prescription Drug Fairness for
- Call your lawmakers
in Congress (202) 225-3131, and urge them to vote for reauthorization of
the Older Americans' Act, which has been languishing in Congress since
CBTU Retiree Committee members serve as
officers, board members, directors and advisors to many local, national and
- Brother Simons and Brother
Montgomery serve as members of the senior advisory committee of the
Democratic National Committee (DNC).
- Sister Hildred Drew Dale,
assistant secretary of the CBTU Retiree Committee, serves on the General
Policy Board of the National Council of Senior Citizens.
- Sister Mae Dickinson is a
member of the Indiana State legislature.
- Brother Montgomery attended
a conference in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1999, where he was a consultant on
establishing social security systems on the Sub-Sahara African continent.
- Many CBTU retiree committee
members serve on the National Policy Committee of the NCSC and on the
regional, state and local boards.