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:
- Welcome to the Gutenberg Editor
- 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
PSARA’s Education Committee chairperson, Mark McDermott, will be presenting his interactive workshop, Making the American Dream Real for Everyone, in Bellingham on October 5. Mark’s workshop focuses on using our history to help chart a progressive path forward for those of us who care about building communities based on hope and opportunity for all.
In the November general election, Seattle voters will have one last chance to save our Metro system. Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1, if passed, will raise approximately $45 million per year to preserve most bus service in the city of Seattle and on some intercity routes by means of a 0.1% sales tax increase and a $60 vehicle license fee.
My wife, Dina, has been a school nurse at a middle school in Renton for five years. Previously, she was at the outpatient pediatric clinic at Harborview for 20 years, and worked at several other jobs as a pediatric nurse and labor and delivery nurse. She is an amazingly caring human being and we are lucky to have her delivering health care to our children.
Sequim, WA.—This town in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains is the nation’s best place to retire. And since the Sequim City Council voted unanimously Sept. 8 to kill two anti-union “Right to Work (for less)” propositions it is even more retiree-friendly.
We urgently need a paradigm shift in our concept of the purposes and practices of education. We need to leave behind the concept of education as a passport to more money and higher status in the future and replace it with a concept of education as an ongoing process that enlists the tremendous energies and creativity of schoolchildren in rebuilding and respiriting our communities and our cities now, in the present.—Grace Lee Boggs
My mother died this summer. She lived for eight years with breast cancer, continuing the activities she enjoyed almost to the end. Then she declined rapidly, dying at home with the support of hospice, surrounded by family.
This week the Social Security Trustees reported that our FICA contributions plus interest, net of all benefits paid out, have increased the Social Security Trust Fund by $32 billion. The trustees also forecast that Social Security benefits are completely sustainable for the next two decades.
Editor’s Note: 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 Part III of that interview. The conclusion will follow in a subsequent issue. What was it like having the FBI follow you around? I’ll give you one […]
“There is a willingness to sacrifice large numbers of people in the way we respond to climate change – we are already showing a brutality in the face of climate change that I find really chilling.…We are with full knowledge deciding to allow cultures to die, to allow peoples to disappear…. I think the profound immorality and violence of that decision is not reflected in the language that we have. We are not speaking about this with the language of urgency or mortality that the issue deserves.” Naomi Klein in Earth Island Journal, Fall 2013.
The Board of Trustees released the Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) and Federal Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Funds on July 28, 2014, to the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate. The Trustees are the Secretaries of Treasury, Labor, and Health & Human Services; the (Acting) Commissioner of Social Security; and two public trustees appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.