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Free Speech

“Free speech is something we must pay to have. We have to pay for every opinion we are free to utter by putting our bodies in town meetings, open forums, hearings, rallies (especially rallies). “The internet is a fantastic organizing tool, but it can’t replace real and vocal dissent.” — Phyllis Baker, PSARA member

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A Life Well Lived

By Robby Stern  Will Parry died peacefully inn the home of his beloved friend Imogene Williams on Monday afternoon, May 13. Tom Parry, Will’s brother and close friend was by his side as he expired. Ironically, Will died on the same day as his good friend, Larry Kenney, former president of the Washington State Labor […]

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A Win for “Just Scrap the Cap”

By Alex Stone Conservative billionaire Pete Peterson, a major financier in the effort to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, just got some egg on his face courtesy of the Social Security Works – Washington coalition, the Economic Opportunity Institute and PSARA. The winning video in the Pete Peterson Foundation’s video contest – which had the […]

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Remembering Will

By Minnie Caruso, Trade Printery  “Will.” Such a perfect name. Will Parry had so much will – the will to fight for social justice and the will to continue working for that even as the end of his life was near. But it seemed his abiding passion was his will to write. I knew Will […]

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Call U.S. Senators to support “Strengthen Social Security Act”

By Maureen Bo, Administrative Vice President of PSARA  A new bill sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin of (D-Iowa) combines benefit increases for low and middle income Social Security recipients with phasing out the “cap” on contributions from high income earners. The phase out of the “CAP”, currently $113,700, will pay for increased benefits. (Example: If […]

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Social Security Administration Shortchanging Beneficiaries

By Robert Shimabukuro, PSARA Board Member and Associate Editor  Grandmothers, grandfathers, aunties, uncles, sons, daughters, grandchildren, families and communities are being shortchanged of their fair share of their Social Security benefits. That’s what I conclude when I look at a report of the effects of the con- solidation of Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices […]

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He set the grassroots ablaze with song

By Will Parry – Reprinted from The Retiree Advocate, August, 2007 My guitar work is less than distinguished, and my voice is nothing special. But if I do say so, I’m a pretty darn good song leader. And during the week this Retiree Advocate hits your mailbox, I’ll be leading the singing around the campfire […]

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Now preparing for take-off: Airport worker justice!

By Jonathan Rosenblum, Working Washington Campaign Director and a member of PSARA If you’ve flown out of Sea-Tac Airport on Alaska Airlines, you might have met Saba Belachew. Saba is one of hundreds of wheelchair attendants who help passengers needing assistance get safely and efficiently from the curb to their flight. She does her job […]

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Words to think about…

“Our nation was born in one revolution against tyranny. Nothing written in the stars rules out another.” Will Parry, The Retiree Advocate, July 2008 

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Honor Will, build PSARA

In this issue of the Retiree Advocate, we remember our mentor, friend, and comrade Will Parry. Unlike some PSARA members who worked with Will for decades, I knew him, of course – everybody knew Will – but I only had the opportunity to work closely with him in the last 18 months when I came […]

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