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Any old millionaire will do…

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 […]

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Arkansas Oil Spill: Warning for the Future?

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 […]

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U.S. Capitalism: Bad For Your Health

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 […]

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The Phony Crisis

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, […]

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Bob Shimabukuro Appointed to Executive Board

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 […]

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Two Letters and More Struggles

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 […]

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We Need Support for Families

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 […]

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21 Progress: Leadership Development for Low-Wage Workers

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 […]

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Senate Unanimously Votes Against Cuts to Social Security, Media Don’t Notice

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 […]

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Raising the Dough

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 […]

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