Archive for July, 2012

Rose-Avila will lead immigrant work

Friday, July 6th, 2012

By Mike Andrew

PSARA Board member Leno Rose-Avila has been appointed to head the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs by Mayor Mike McGinn. He began work on June 1. Leno has served as executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, of the Social Justice Fund NW, as a regional director of Amnesty International, and as a director of the Peace Corps.

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs was established by the City Council in February to help the City of Seattle address the needs of Seattle’s growing immigrant and refugee communities. City Council member Bruce Harrell held hearings on the issue last fall.

The office will help the City engage immigrant and refugee communities in making policy related to their needs, and in improving the delivery of services. It will also address disparities in access to education, jobs, health, and other opportunities.

Leno will serve as its first director and will report directly to Mayor McGinn.

Leno will also retain his position on the PSARA Executive Board.

Our New Political Cartoonist

Friday, July 6th, 2012

This issue of the Retiree Advocate has the third political cartoon composed by our new member artist, Deva Crouch. Deva replaces the wonderful Chaya Burstein who did a number of excellent cartoons for PSARA before health problems forced her to stop drawing cartoons.

Deva is an artist and poker player living and working in Seattle. She studied art at Colorado College, graduated in 2008, and had her first solo exhibition in Colorado Springs the following year.

She is currently taking classes at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle to develop her skills as a graphic designer, and working on writing and illustrating her first children’s book.

She writes, “My creative practice does not take place only in the studio, rather, it exists as a constant element of my daily life. I live simply, study my surroundings, and then manipulate what I see into imaginary situations in the form of drawings. I search for a vulnerable beauty and tend to find it hiding quietly in the places I frequent—on public buses, city streets, in casinos, and my dreams.”

Welcome, Deva, and thank you for your creative work on behalf of PSARA.

The Supreme Court…

Friday, July 6th, 2012

…of the United States, showing an astonishing lack of respect for the Retiree Advocate deadline, delivered its 5-4 decision upholding the Affordable Care Act just as we were going to press with our July issue. For now, we’ll simply hail this magnificent victory for the health of the American people. We’ll publish a more considered assessment in August. One note: Historic as this decision is, our work is not done until we enact a red, white and blue version of single payer health care. So let’s
celebrate the victory, then get back to work!

PSARA meets with Mayor McGinn

Friday, July 6th, 2012
Members of PSARA meet with Seattle mayor Mike McGinn

Photo by PSARA member Garet Munger

Seattle City Council supports Caring Across Generations campaign

Friday, July 6th, 2012
Seattle City Council supports Caring Across Generations campaign

Photo via Flickr user seiuhealthcare775nw

More than 100 supporters, including a number of PSARA members, gathered in the Seattle City hall after the Seattle City Council passed unanimously the resolution in support of the Caring Across Generations (CAG) campaign. The passage of the resolution means that the city of Seattle will lobby at the state and federal level for policies and legislation that will implement the five point program of the CAG campaign and will encourage other political jurisdictions to adopt the same position.

PSARA at Pride Parade 2012

Friday, July 6th, 2012
Pride Parade Seattle 2012 Puget Sound Advocate for Retirement Action

Photo by PSARA member Garet Munger