Concert with John O’Connor
We’re delighted that singer-songwriter John O’Connor will perform for us to benefit PSARA as part of our 2021 Give BIG campaign.
Saturday, May 1, at 4:00 pm
An interest in folk music and Woody Guthrie led John to a 30-year career as a folk singer, cultural educator, and a founding member of American Federation of Musicians Local 1000, the North American Traveling Musicians Union.
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Webinar on Far-Right Hate Groups in Washington State
Tuesday, March 30, 6:30 p.m.
You can watch a recording of this excellent webinar here:
Vicki Lowe, a descendent of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and Executive Director of the American Indian Health Commission for Washington. She will share stories about the far right attacks on the tribe.
Devin Burghart, Executive Director of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights. He will what we can do to counter right-wing organizing efforts.
Give BIG starts April 20 – But you don’t have to wait!
Accept the challenge to members now: The Board members of the PSARA Education Fund and PSARA have generously pledged to collectively donate $19,000 for the GiveBIG days campaign. The 36 members of the two Executive Boards are challenging PSARA members to collectively donate at least an additional $9,000.
The donations will cover costs of creating and distributing The Retiree Advocate and the development of new educational material and presentations in geographically expanded areas of Western Washington.
You can send a check to the PSARA Education Fund any time between now and May 5. Write in the memo line “GiveBIG” so we know it is in response to the challenge. Mail your check to the PSARA Education Fund, 321 16th Ave. S., Seattle, 98144.
If you missed PSARA’s presentation on Medicare Advantage: “Disadvantaged: How Medicare Advantage Plans Fail Us and Would Sabotage Medicare for All” , you can still watch it on You Tube at this link: https://youtu.be/E99FryOyXIc
See the notes about what congress can do about Medicare Advantage here: “Challenges of Medicare Advantage”
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75-80 PSARA members and supporters braved the downpour on Friday, June 12 to attend a PSARA vigil on E. Greenlake Way N. Participants expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement and opposition to systemic racism and violence embedded in the institutions of our country including the police and law enforcement agencies.
Vigil at Green Lake, Seattle
Friday, June 12 1:30-3:00 p.m.
For too long we’ve watched with anger and disgust that police still wield the power to snuff out lives without consequence. This time is different. All the people, young and old, we see taking to the streets in revolt are saying enough is enough.
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Statewide coalition to pass the national Green New Deal Resolution is demanding that our U.S. Congressional Representatives respond to the Covid-19 crisis with justice, not with bailouts for the oil and gas corporations. Read the statement sent to the Wa. congress representatives:
In a new video from The Intercept, author and activist Naomi Klein explains how the Trump administration and other governments across the globe are “exploiting” the corona virus outbreak “to push for no-strings-attached corporate bailouts and regulatory rollbacks,” and urges working people worldwide to resist such efforts and demand real support from political leaders during the ongoing crisis.
Klein, author of the 2007 book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, notes that President Donald Trump has pushed for a payroll tax cut that could bankrupt Social Security; promised help to major polluters like airlines, cruise companies, and fossil fuel firms that are driving climate disruption; and met with executives of private health insurance companies—in the words of Klein, “the very ones who have made sure that so many Americans cannot afford the care they need.”
Trump attacks Medicare!
PSARA is a member of the Social Security works Washington Coalition. In response to Trump’s attack, the Coalition just sent the following letter to all Washington congressional representatives and senators.
Dear Representatives and Senators:
On October 3rd , 2019, President Trump issued an Executive Order(EO) entitled “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors.” Rather than “Protecting and Improving Medicare…” the EO threatens to do incalculable harm to present and future Medicare beneficiaries. Congress should take steps to equalize the two Medicare programs to assure that there is an end to discrimination against the Medicare recipients who choose the traditional Medicare program.
View the entire letter HERE.
For millions of us us in Washington State, Social Security ensures security and dignity. Here is what lawmakers need to do to keep it that way: Read the Statement by Social Security Works, Washington here.