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
Brothers and Sisters, now we have another crisis facing us, though it is one that also presents us with a great opportunity. That crisis is climate change.
PSARA joined Macy’s associates for not one but two days of ruckussy, energy packed, informational picketing in July. These were the first informational pickets ever at Macy’s in WA State and were brought on by the all cuts contract proposal that Macy’s management had put on the table.
“The Germans are trying to do with banks what they couldn’t do with tanks,” said Greek activist Christos Giovanopoulos at a June speaking event in Seattle’s Hillman City neighborhood.
The US Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell vs. Hodges not only established marriage equality as the law of the land, it also ushered in the possibility of retirement equality for lesbian and gay seniors.
Many of you might assume the confederate flag has been flying over the South Carolina capitol since the end of Reconstruction in the 1870’s. Here is the real story and its broader context.
I had already begun writing this column discussing the May, 2015, report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) entitled “Retirement Security: Most Households Approaching Retirement Have Low Savings,” when a front page New York Times (NYT) article entitled “U.S. Seniors Prosper, Finding ‘Sweet Spot’ in Middle Class” appeared.
By the end of 2014 the “10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in King County” had been declared a total failure.
Casa Latina has come a long way since its start in 1994. Beginning in a trailer sitting in a Western Avenue parking lot, it now occupies a beautiful complex of meeting rooms, classrooms, and offices on Jackson Street.
“What’s an industrial engineer?” I asked my sister Toki. “You read Cheaper by the Dozen*, right?”
After Lewis and Milton escaped from slavery, each settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Milton remained there until his death in 1901, while Lewis moved on to New York State, Canada, and ultimately back home to Lexington, Kentucky.