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Aganita Varkentine elected to PSARA Executive Board

Aganita has been a long-time resident of Seattle, and currently lives in Burien. She is a Board member of PSOLOC (Puget Sound Old Lesbians Organizing for Change and Community). She was active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s and the anti-war movement in the 1960s and 1970s, and has been a member of […]

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Budget-Cutting is Killing Europe

By Mike Andrew  When Europe plunged into economic crisis more than four years ago, the IMF and the European Central Bank had one answer – austerity! Beginning with Greece, Eurozone members were ordered to cut social spending, lay off public sector workers, and privatize national assets. While draconian budget cuts were supposed to be the […]

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TransPacific Partnership: Bad News for Working People

By Kristen Beifus, Executice Director, Washington Fair Trade Coalition & PSARA Environment Committee Co-Chair NHK Broadcasting, Japan’s equivalent of the BBC, contacted me last month, wanting a statement on the American public’s reaction to the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. A super-sized NAFTA, the TransPacific Partnership is a free-trade agreement whereby countries give foreign corporations rights […]

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Deportations, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and Social Security

By Robby Stern  Imagine a young child or a teen ager living in constant fear that their parents will be deported and sent to another country, permanently separated from their family. The Obama administration has deported over a million undocumented immigrants creating many fractured families. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation being debated in the U.S. […]

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Moving Forward on a Low Income Fare

By Katie Wilson  Here’s a huge thank you to the many PSARA members who provided petition signatures in support of a low income reduced fare! The Transit Riders Union(TRU) has collected over a thousand signatures and we’re still counting. An impressive number of the petition sheets are pages pulled out of The Retiree Advocate. For […]

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Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

By Howard Pellett, PSARA member  Global climate change is the biggest threat to humanity that we face! No rational argument can be made against rising CO2 levels and the consequent global climate change. We are losing the battle to effect any change. Bill McKibben formed 350.org in 2008 to try to stop global climate change […]

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Medicare’s Birthday

By Mike Warren  Celebrate Medicare’s 48th birthday on July 27th. Meet at 2:30 P.M. at the Seattle Center, east of Key Arena at the southwest end of the fountain near the metal sculpture of the dolphins. We will walk through Downtown Seattle to Victor Steinbruek Park starting at 3:00 and ending at 5:00. People will […]

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UFCW Negotiation Update: or Why I find PSARA so Intriguing

By Bob Shimabukuro, PSARA Executive Board member & Associate Editor  It seems so … well, 1950s stuff. I was about 7 when I heard this stuff all the time: good wage for families; insurance (meaning health insurance); time and a half for overtime; pension, perhaps. Words that still resonate in my ears. Flash to 2013: […]

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Carbon Tax: A Win-Win Solution for Washington

By Bobby Righi, a member of PSARA’s Environment Committee  The news on climate change is not good. The observatory on Mauna Loa in Hawaii, says the atmosphere is now over 400 CO2 parts per million. A new study of temperature records from Oregon State has shown that the planet is now hotter than any time […]

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Paid Sick and Safe Time for Tacoma

By Alex Stone, Communications & Technology Manager, Economic Opportunity Institute, and a PSARA member  Soon, we hope, there will be fewer people in Tacoma sending sick kids to school and showing up to work when they should be home in bed. Under a new proposal announced by Healthy Tacoma, a coalition of more than 30 […]

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