Milwaukee residents will have a chance to learn about the value of Social Security — especially what it means to communities of color — at a public town hall on Wednesday, November 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Tripoli Shrine Center, 3000 W Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53208

The town hall, entitled “Social Security:  Here Today, Here Tomorrow,” is presented by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and AARP Wisconsin, as part of a national public education campaign.

“Social Security is a financial lifeline to millions of American seniors, but it is especially crucial to the Black community.  Black Americans traditionally rely on Social Security for monthly income more than other groups do, due to wage and job discrimination, diminishing employer-provided pensions, and challenges in saving for retirement. This town hall will debunk myths about the program and provide answers to important questions about Social Security benefits,” said Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

The Milwaukee town hall will be moderated by former Milwaukee County Supervisor and state assemblyman David Bowen, now the Associate State Director of Advocacy at AARP Wisconsin.

Panelists include:
Carolyn Colvin, Former Acting Social Security Commissioner;
Max Richtman, President & CEO, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare;
Amos Besaw, Milwaukee County Disability Services

Representatives of the Social Security Administration will be on hand to answer attendees’ questions about their Social Security benefits. The event will begin with games and refreshments, followed by the town hall forum:

5:30pm-6:30pm:  Games & Refreshments
6:30pm-7:30pm:  Panel Discussion and Q&A 

This is the last in a series of “Social Security: Here Today, Here Tomorrow” town halls across the country.  Previous town halls have taken place in Richmond, VA, Philadelphia, PA, Lansing, MI, and Las Vegas, NV this summer and autumn.

The national campaign is presented by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (a nonprofit advocacy group) and sponsored by AARP.

For ticket information and for more information about the campaign, visit

Here is a 2-minute video about the campaign:


Media inquiries contact:

Jim Flaherty/AARP Wisconsin

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Walter Gottlieb/NCPSSM

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