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
Three PSARA members were interviewed in January on the “We Do The Work” radio Program on KSVR at Skagit Valley Community College.
Washington State has a long history of environmental protection. We are consistently ranked as one of the greenest states in the nation. In 1970 Washington established the Department of Ecology.
My love for each of you is there in my work, some named and some not.
“You’re going to major in what? Philosophy? What kind of work can you do with that?” my mom asked when I called to tell her I was switching from a math to a philosophy major. “Public Relations?”
I was speechless. Then I almost laughed.
But she continued, “That’s not what dad was thinking.”
For the first time since SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as “Food Stamps”) started in 1964, the majority of SNAP recipients are working-age people, and not children and seniors.
Some of you may have heard that, unlike his last year’s budget, President Obama will NOT be proposing cuts in Social Security through a so-called “chained CPI” in his FY 2015 budget.
I recently spent 10 days in Cuba as part of a delegation led by Witness for Peace (WFP), a politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience.
Ice storms in Florida. Drought in California. Earthquakes – of all things – in Oklahoma. The news media call these events “natural disasters,” yet they are anything but.
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act turned 21 this February. The law has helped millions of Americans take time off work to nurture their newborn child, care for a critically ill family member, or recover from their own serious health condition.
PSARA is excited to announce that we have 49 new members as of the end of Jan 2014.