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The semi-annual PSARA membership meeting was held on December 15 with over 100 members attending and strengthening our resolve to carry on the fight to expand social security, fight for universal health care, support climate justice, and work for a progressive state budget.

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U.S. Representative Pramilla Jayapal speaking at the membership meeting.

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Opening the meeting with a song.

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Discussion at the membership meeting

PSARA Discussion of Vision for Black Lives 

1:30 – 4 p.m., Saturday, January 14  WA State Labor Council office, 321 16 Ave. S., Seattle.

We will view “13th”, a documentary by Ava DuVernay about the connection between incarceration and slavery, and then discuss the “Platform”, a short introduction to the overall program of a Vision for Black Lives, and “The Third Reconstruction” by Rev. William J. Barber

Find these documents  here:  Vision for Black Lives  and “The Third Reconstruction”

 

On January 16, Join PSARA at the ML King Day Celebration:

Theme: “Stop the Hate: Come Together.”

9:30 a.m. -10:50 a.m. workshops. 11 a.m. – Rally in Gymnasium. 12:30pm – march to the Federal Building in downtown Seattle.

Monday, January 16, Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle.

PSARA will present a workshop “Making Retirement Security Real for Everyone” and also participate in
the march. Look for the PSARA banner.

Saturday, February 4 – Environmental Committee Forum. 1:30 – 3pm

Wa. State Labor Council office at 321 16th Ave. S.

Presentation and discussion of the climate action policy being proposed by the Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy in the WA State Legislature this year. See notice in this issue of the Advocate.

Thursday, Feb. 23 – Senior Lobby Day

Join PSARA in Olympia to talk to  our legislators.  See the 2017 PSARA Legislative Agenda here: 2017 Legislative Agenda

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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.