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PSARA General Membership to Honor Nick Licata

Besides the always fabulous potluck lunch, our June General Membership Meeting will take the opportunity to honor the progressive public service and longtime activism of retiring Seattle Councilmember Nick Licata. Since 1998, Nick has been an elected leader in Seattle, and his influence has been national in scope. He has been a go-to councilmember in the most recent progressive victories, including leading the fight for Paid Sick & Safe Leave, helping to lead the fight for increasing the minimum wage in Seattle, the Targeted Hiring Ordinance, and opposition to Fast Track. He has consistently been a reliable elected leader for progressive policy initiatives in Seattle. Most recently, he facilitated the opening of the discussion regarding the possibility of creating a Seattle Public Bank. (Unfortunately, he will not be on the Council to guide the Public Bank into law.)

Nick has been a progressive mover well before his election to public office. He founded and published the People’s Yellow Pages (1973 and 1976), which listed community and political groups and social and public services in Seattle. Subsequently, he published the Seattle Sun, an alternative weekly newspaper which was published from 1974 to 1982.

Nick helped found the anti-redlining organization Coalition Against Redlining in Seattle, and in 1983 he co-founded Give Peace a Dance, which for 6 years held 24-hour dance marathons to raise funds for TV ads promoting nuclear disarmament. Nick is the founding chair of Local Progress, a nationwide organization of progressive local officials. In 2012, The Nation magazine’s “Progressive Honor Roll of 2012” chose Nick as its “Most Valuable Local Official” in the United States.

The general membership meeting will include a presentation of the long-term plans to insure that PSARA will remain vibrant and strong for the foreseeable future. (See president’s column on Page 3.) We look forward to hearing your comments on how PSARA should continue moving forward as we try to play our part in building a statewide movement to fight for an economically secure and dignified retirement for present and future generations of seniors and retirees.

Finally, there is a very good chance that we will have at least a rough cut and maybe the final cut of Social Security Works WA’s newest video, “(Don’t Wanna) Work Til I Die” to show at the meeting. Lots of PSARA members were involved in the making of the video!!

The meeting is Wednesday, June 17, from noon to 3 p.m. at Machinists District Lodge 751 Hall, 9125 15th Pl. S. (See the flyer on Page 7 for more details on driving directions, parking, public transit, etc.)

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