Microphone on with a blurred background.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reflection

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member at Elder Law of Michigan As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approached, I became curious about the history of the making of this American holiday. I began to research and found various materials of interest regarding the background and creation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This day, observed on the third Monday of January, celebrates the life … Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reflection

Social Security Resources for Women

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist March is Women’s History Month. It’s a time when we reflect on the achievements and contributions of our nation’s remarkable women. Many of these heroes might be people close to you: mothers and daughters, aunts, and grandmothers. Each of them plays a special role in our lives as they provide love and support. Social Security plays an … Continue reading Social Security Resources for Women

A man in a wheelchair walks with a young girl next to a war memorial.

Social Security Honors the Nation’s Heroes on Memorial Day

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist On Memorial Day, we honor service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security acknowledges the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives to protect our country. Part of how we honor these heroes is the way we provide Social Security benefits. The loss … Continue reading Social Security Honors the Nation’s Heroes on Memorial Day

Protecting our Constitutional Rights: A Constitutional Lawyer’s Perspective

Guest blog post by Maurice Monroe, L.L.B., L.L.M.   From 1980 to 1985, Maurice taught law at the University of Birmingham. From 1985 to 2014, Maurice was a law professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where he taught constitutional law, federal civil rights law, contracts law, torts law, and employment law. During this time, he received numerous teaching and service awards. Maurice retired from WMU-Cooley in … Continue reading Protecting our Constitutional Rights: A Constitutional Lawyer’s Perspective

Three generations of women making cookies together.

Women’s History and Social Security

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist March is Women’s History Month. This is a time to focus not just on women’s achievements, but on the challenges women continue to face. In the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. Knowing this, you can take control … Continue reading Women’s History and Social Security

Hand drawing a heart in crayon.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Kim Hill, Economic Security Client Services Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is widely regarded as one of the most famous leaders in the modern Civil Rights Movement. He was not only an intelligent and inspirational speaker, but also an advocate for economic, social, and racial equality. His non-violent resistance and protest practices were born from his Christian upbringing and Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings on peace. During the course of his short life, he had several profoundly … Continue reading Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Boy laughing with a book in his lap.

What is this Tom Foolery? 

by Kathryn Larlee, J.D., Hotline Attorney April Fools Day is upon us and there are wicked family members, friends, and co-workers plotting pranks. The tradition is for folks to pull harmless jokes on everyone around them. Where does all this Tom Foolery come from anyway? According to Snopes, the custom of pranking “remains shrouded in mystery”.  Some claim that when the calendar changed in 1500 to the … Continue reading What is this Tom Foolery?