The Retiree Advocate: August 2015
Welcome to the August 2015 issue of The Retiree Advocate, the monthly newsletter of the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA).
In This Issue:
- March, 2016 ADVOCATE
- Climate Change Is Violence…NOW
- Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis: The Cost of Being a US Colony
- What’s Next in the Fight for Fair Trade?
- What’s Wrong with Europe?
- "Secret Memo": Primary Election Bad News for Developers and Landlords
- Initiative 735 Urges Congress to Amend the US Constitution
- Frank Irigon Receives National Award
- In Memory of Edie Koch
- Celebrate and Organize
On November 3, Argentina barred the US-based consumer products giant Procter & Gamble from doing business in the country.
For five years, a group of concerned citizens has been working with Representative and now Senator Hasegawa to establish a public bank in Washington State.
PSARA has joined with the Washington Dental Access Campaign to win passage of the Dental Access Bill. We join with tribes, health care organizations, community-based groups, senior groups, and individuals standing up to make sure all Washingtonians can get the care we all need to stay healthy.
Solidarity is a concept that has great historical and current importance in social justice movements. Instead of fighting alone, we look to others with shared interests, needs, and beliefs and join forces—that’s often how pivotal victories are won. In the labor movement, a national imperative is to reach out to community groups to strengthen our impact.
By the time you read this, the Seattle City Council will have passed the budget they crafted in a November 14 Budget Committee meeting involving all nine Council members.
The Lakota people have always been stewards of this land. We feel it is imperative that we provide safe and responsible alternative energy resources not only to tribal members but to non-tribal members as well.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) empowers America’s largest corporations in their efforts to co-opt state lawmakers and drive through a 50-state corporatist agenda. As the Legislative and Policy Director of the WA State Labor Council, I see the impact of ALEC everyday during the legislative sessions.
PSARA’s Legislative Conference on Nov. 12 will feature two knowledgeable and excellent speakers: Speaker of the House Frank Chopp and PSARA Lobbyist, Pam Crone (both of whom are PSARA members!). Both speakers will provide their analysis of the impact the 2014 election will have on the 2015 Legislative session and the likelihood of success for PSARA’s 2015 Legislative Agenda. (See President’s column on page 3 for proposals on our Legislative Agenda.)
Please join us at our fabulous holiday potluck as we celebrate the spirit of community shared by PSARA members in our quest for a more just and humane world.
In 2010 former Retiree Advocate Editor and lifelong working class activist Will Parry gave a 90th birthday interview to Real Change reporter Cydney Gillis. This is the concluding part of that interview.