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:
- Welcome to the Gutenberg Editor
- 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
(My plans for this month’s column were changed when Chaya Burstein, the first political cartoonist for the Retiree Advocate and my mother-in-law, died on Saturday, September 15. I want to share with you what her oldest grandson, Jacob, wrote about his grandmother. – Robby Stern) By Jacob Burstein-Stern Chaya Burstein, author and illustrator of fifteen […]
By Will Parry Chicago’s 29,000 union teachers and support staff returned to the classroom September 19, having wrung critical concessions from a bitterly anti-union administration in a solid seven-day strike that heartened labor across the U.S., even as it focused national attention on struggling urban schools. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis termed the strike […]
By Rachael Levine I am very disappointed in those in the media who continue to talk about “seniors” being relatively well off compared with those who are without any adequate income. No doubt having income from any source is more desirable, but these repeated assertions feed the notion that somehow all seniors are living the […]
By Mike Andrew It’s not everyday that you can help make history just by mailing in your ballot, but when we get our ballots this month we’ll have an opportunity to do just that by voting to approve Referendum 74. Referendum 74 asks voters to approve or reject the state’s Marriage Equality Act, which allows […]
By Robby Stern and Will Parry The Seattle Housing Authority, (SHA) has been authorized by a unanimous †vote of the Seattle City Council to move ahead with a 30-acre, $300 million redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace housing project that first opened in 1941. Councilmember Nick Licata, the Chair of the City Council’s Housing, Human Services, […]
By Mark Mcdermott Today we are constantly reminded that the 2012 national elections are the most important elections in our lifetimes. They may be a decisive turning point in our nation’s history. A Romney and decisive Republican victory will move us down a path of increased economic inequality and diminished dreams for tens of millions […]
By Mike Andrew Peaceful liberal arts school Pomona College, in Claremont, California, seems like an unlikely place for a nasty unionization fight involving intimidation, gag orders, firings, and implied threats to deport union activists. And yet it is. On March 1, 2010, dining hall workers at the school turned in petitions signed by over 90% […]
Editor, Retiree Advocate: I enjoy your newsletter. I particularly appreciated Will Parry’s August comments regarding gun violence in America. I keep looking for someone besides Sarah Brady or Michael Moore to call these gun people out. The political cowardice on this issue is staggering. Mr. Parry is correct. We can pray and raise our hosannahs […]
PSARA meets with Mayor McGinn Seattle City Council supports Caring Across Generations campaign More than 100 supporters, including a number of PSARA members, gathered in the Seattle City hall after the Seattle City Council passed unanimously the resolution in support of the Caring Across Generations (CAG) campaign. The passage of the resolution means that the […]
By Mike Andrew On Thursday, September 27, PSARA will host a forum on one of the most important issues facing this state – the creation of a Washington Investment Trust. The forum begins at 1:30 p.m. and will be held at the Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, in Seattle. The […]