Economic Policy

Watch Joint Center Vice President on the ‘Social Security & Civil Rights: A Social Contract’ Panel

Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton joined the panel, Social Security & Civil Rights: A Social Contract, at AARP and Latinos for a Secure Retirement’s 9th Annual Retiring with Dignity Summit. During the discussion, Jessica talked about the importance of having universal retirement security programs to ensure Black communities aren’t counted out. She also pointed out that it’s important to be mindful of the unique challenges Black workers face (i.e “last hired, first fired”) which affects African American’s ability to save for retirement or the amount of social security benefits they can access.

Congressman John B. Larson (D-CT) provided opening remarks ahead of the discussion. Other panelists (seen above) included Social Security Works Executive Director Alex Lawson, Howard University Labor and Urban Economics Ph.D. student Felipe Juan, and The Arc of the United States Income Policy Director Bethany Lily. Latinos for a Secure Retirement Executive Director Abigail Zapote moderated the conversation.

Watch it below.

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The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1970 and based in Washington, DC. The Joint Center's mission is to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to improve the socioeconomic status of Black communities in the United States; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communication and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society.