By Robby Stern
Labor Day will be a special time to send a message to our elected officials and the broader community that working people and retirees insist our earned benefit programs be preserved, strengthened and passed on to the generations to come.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. County Labor Council has invited PSARA and the broader Social Security Works WA coalition to participate in their annual Labor Day Celebration at Woodland Park and also to communicate our message as part of the activities of the day. The picnic draws a large crowd, including elected officials and the press. It is an opportunity to emphasize the critical nature of our earned benefits and the absolute necessity to strengthen these programs so they can become even more effective in the 21st century.
Our activity will begin at 10 a.m. We gather at Lower Woodland Park — Shelters 1, 2 & 3, (N. 50th Street & Woodland Park Avenue N, Seattle). We will walk with our signs to the busy intersection at Greenlake AV N. and N. 50th St, stretch out along the intersection(along the side, not blocking traffic) and wave our signs to passing motorists. If some of us feel inspired and want a little exercise, we can walk to Greenlake with our signs. At 11:30 we march from Greenlake AV N. & N 50th as one large contingent back to the site of the Labor Day Celebration. We will carry our signs to participate in the celebration of Labor Day. (The PSARA table is known for providing a delicious assortment of cookies. All PSARA members are welcome to bring their favorite cookies!)
We will offer everyone at the Celebration the opportunity to wear a newly designed sticker that says “Social Security & Medicare, Preserve Them, Strengthen Them and Pass Them On”.
People we meet at the picnic, on the street and at Greenlake will be asked to call our U.S. Senators and ask them to oppose any cuts to the earned benefits programs (like the chained CPI cut proposed by the President). Our Senators will be urged to fight to make these programs stronger by Scrapping the Cap on Social Security and allowing Medicare to be available to all people in the U.S.
Please join us at 10 a.m. on Labor Day. Meet us at the location where the Labor Day Celebration will be happening and where there is plenty of parking. Late arrivals or those who have a hard time walking can meet us at N 50th & Greenlake AV N where there is also abundant parking.
Help make Labor Day an advocacy day for Social Security and Medicare and also have some fun!!