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Get ready for another PSARA-led action against Zoom Care on July 11 in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.  The growing coalition will rally at noon  at the Zoom clinic at 624 N. 34th St, Seattle to demand again that this for-profit chain embrace “healthcare for all” and accept patients covered my Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare.    This action will be mirrored by a rally in Zoom’s hometown of Portland sponsored by Portland Jobs With Justice.  See the photos below of the April 19 picket of the Zoom Care  clinic in Ballard.

 

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 PSARA Members in the “It’s In Our Hands” procession at the Break Free from Fossil Fuels event in Anacortes, Wa. on May 14

Seattle City Council Meeting June 13, 2016-6800PSARA led the effort of many organizations and individuals who gathered at the Seattle City Council meeting on Monday, June 13, and provided public comment in support of the resolution to expand Social Security and Medicare.  The resolution that was  sponsored by Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez was passed unanimously by the council! The advocates and supporters gathered with CM Gonzalez after the vote to celebrate the successful effort. We look forward to bringing the resolution to the Martin Luther King County Council next.

 

 

PSARA Summer Membership Meeting 6-16-2016-6914 

 There was a very large turn out at PSARA’s general membership meeting at the Greenwood Community Senior Center. The membership heard and participated in a spirited debate on I-732, the Carbon WA initiative. The membership also voted to elect Jessica Bonebright as our Membership VP, and elected Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney and Mauricio Ayon to the PSARA Executive Board. They also voted to call for the reinstatement of the Assault Weapon ban and to inform our congressional delegation of that decision. The meeting began with a moment of silence to remember the victims of the Orlando massacre and to express our solidarity with the LGBTQ community. The food was also excellent!

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Photo by Garet Munger – April 19

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Photo by Garet Munger – April 19

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Photo by Garet Munger – April 19

Tuesday, April 19 PSARA members and members of several other organizations protested at Zoomcare’s newest Seattle-area clinic in Ballard.

ZoomCare, a new Oregon for-profit clinic network, plans to expand to 16 clinics in King County. They refuse to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients. Their business model is to serve younger and healthier people, putting more pressure on other providers.   The next picket will be at the Fremont clinic on Monday, July 11. Join us!

 

PHOTOS BY PSARA MEMBER GARET MUNGER

PHOTOS BY PSARA MEMBER GARET MUNGER

More than 40 PSARA leaders and leaders from other community organizations met with Nora Super, the Executive Director of the White House Conference on Aging and Elisa Walker, Special Assistant to the Social Security Administration’s Deputy Commissioner for Retirement & Disability Policy. We discussed with these high ranking officials the need to expand Social Security and Medicare benefits and the necessity that the Social Security field office be moved out of the Jackson Federal Building to eliminate the access barriers that presently exist

 

Civic Engagement: It’s Our Middle Name

We’ve been through wars and depressions, presidents decent and lousy, political defeats and victories. We love our country, and we believe the best way to show it is to raise hell about its shortcomings.

Our operating principle was expressed by a wise rabbi nearly two millennia ago: “You are not required to finish the work, but neither are you at liberty to abstain from it.”

We are Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action. Civic engagement is our birthright and our middle name. If it’s yours as well, come join us. We need you.