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
By Will Parry – Repreinted from The Retiree Advocate, April 2006 Martin Luther King, Jr. is justly revered as a selfless champion of the poor and oppressed. Dr. King might find it ironic that Martin Luther King, Jr. County — the county now named for him — is overrun with millionaires. TNS Financial Services, a […]
By Mike Andrew On March 29, a river of oil washed through the little town of Mayflower, Arkansas. The oil belonged to Exxon Mobile, and it spilled into the streets of Mayflower when a pipeline ruptured. Although Exxon Mobile initially admit- ted to spilling only 4,500 barrels of oil, later reports put the figure at […]
By Bob Shimabukuro, PSARA Executive Board Member and Associate Editor “You sick all the time,” my dad would say. “Body weak. Cannot do physical labor. Go to use your brain. That’s the only way you going to live.” That was 60 years ago. It seems like just yesterday I was listening to aging Nisei in […]
By Rep. Jim McDermott The last few months, in the other Washington, have been all about the budget: the “fiscal cliff ” debates, the unbelievably senseless package of cuts called “sequestration,” and various budget proposals. With hearing after hearing, and bill after bill, it often seems like the budget is all we talk about anymore, […]
The Executive Board voted to appoint Bob Shimabukuro to the PSARA Executive Board subject to a vote by the general membership. Bob retired from numerous occupations including freelance writer / editor, community organizer, woodworker, artist-craftsman and restaurateur / chef. He has been a volunteer in progressive change work for more than 50 years including farm worker […]
By Robby Stern The letters in this column reflect some of our on-going work. We anticipate carrying on the fight for lives of dignity and respect for all people in our community. PSARA members participated in the Caring Across Generations(CAG) first annual lobby day. One of our smart and committed members, Kate Hunter, suggested PSARA hold […]
By Aaron Keating, Communications and Operations Director of the Economic Opportunity Institute, and a PSARA member Hard-line conservatives in the state Senate are trying to repeal Washington’s family leave insurance plan in upcoming budget negotiations – you can help stop them in their tracks. Since taking over the state Senate un- der Sen. Rodney Tom […]
By Bob Shimabukuro 21Progress, created by UFCW Local 21 to provide leadership development among mostly low wage workers, their families and communities, held a launch party April 3 to introduce the organization and report on its early achievements to a multigenerational gathering. In distinguishing the new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization among other social justice groups, executive […]
By Dean Baker There are few areas where the corruption of the national media is more apparent than in its treatment of Social Security. Most of the elite media have made it clear in both their opinion and news pages that they want to see benefits cut. In keeping with this position they highlight the views of political figures who push cuts to […]
By Maureen Bo, PSARA Adminstrative Vice President With many legislators saying: “Oh, No! We can’t raise revenues,” PSARA and our partners in Caring Across Generations Coalition stepped up to raise the dough—with our dough. Boxes and trays of baked goods, donated by PSARA members and friends, were sold in the State Legislative Building at the Caring Across Generations Lobby Day. We made our point […]