Grandparents as a Voting Bloc
In many ways, for good or for bad, politics in the United States is a series of negotiations between many different special interest groups. While special interest lobbies tend to get a bad name, the fact of the matter is that these kinds of groups are key in advocating for certain issues, especially the area of grandparents’ legal rights. No organization has been at the forefront of advocating for grandparents’ legal rights more so than the AARP. The AARP represents one of the largest and strongest voting blocs in the country.
The AARP is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the U.S. According to the AARP, it has more than 40 million members, meaning that it’s one of the largest membership groups in the country
It’s important to understand a little bit about this organization. AARP was founded in 1958, and like many interest groups it’s based in Washington, D.C. The mission statement of the AARP is as follows: “AARP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age, leading positive social change, and delivering value to members through information, advocacy, and service.”
Accordingly, the AARP champions issues that older folks consider important. One of the areas that the AARP has championed has been that of grandparent rights, and this organization has often taken the lead in helping see laws passed that favor grandparents in family law and family court cases. If you’re concerned about grandparent rights, one of the most important organizations for you to be aware of is the AARP.
The AARP also works for social change in other areas beyond grandparent rights. They are committed to strengthening Social Security, to making sure that older folks have access to affordable health care and making sure that elder communities are strong and livable. They provide opportunities for ordinary citizens to make a difference in their world through a variety of outreach and volunteer programs throughout the year.
Voter education is another area the AARP is concerned with. They provide summary of key votes for legislation facing older Americans, and are a wonderful resource when it comes to researching exactly where your politicians stand on the issues that matter most to you.
In addition to the fact that the AARP is concerned about real issues that real people face, there are other compelling reasons to join. In fact, many folks who join the AARP do so not because of interest in politics, advocacy or something so important as grandparent rights, but because of the other benefits. The AARP offers a number of products, including insurance and financial products, which many people find attractive. They also provide access to a variety of discounts and services.
Joining the AARP is one of the easiest ways to support grandparent rights. If you’re concerned about the issues facing your generation, you need to have a collective voice. The loudest collective voice for older Americans right now is the AARP. Joining the AARP lets you join and strengthen the chorus of voices who are out there advocating for the things you believe in.