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One simple step to keep Social Security strong

By Alex Stone The recent release of the Social Security Trustees’ report in late April shows our Social Security program remains on sound financial footing for at least another generation. The report also puts to rest the misconception that Social Security is in crisis. It is not. With $2.7 trillion in its trust fund, Social […]

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European voters reject austerity

By Mike Andrew In a series of May elections, European voters rejected the austerity policies that have brought the continent’s working families to the brink of catastrophe. On May 6, Socialist Francois Hollande was elected President of France, defeating Nicolas Sarkozy, the co-architect of European austerity with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Europe is watching us, […]

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Saving Route 42 for the people who need it

By Will Parry The King County Council’s decision to eliminate the 42 bus route rather than to restore most of its original route next year, if it stands, will rob the people of Seattle’s most transit-dependent neighborhoods of ready access to the many destinations that are essential to their lives. The decision has drawn an […]

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PSARA joins the world’s huge May Day marches

By Mike Andrew PSARA members joined a crowd estimated at a thousand for Seattle’s annual May Day immigrant rights march and rally. While May Day has its historic roots in the struggle for the eight-hour day in the United States, it has always been an international workers’ day, and Seattle’s marchers joined with tens of […]

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Leah Bolger speaks out for us

(Editor’s note: The following is the statement, somewhat abridged, of Leah Bolger, one of us, just a regular citizen, who courageously spoke for us before the so-called Super Committee of Congress, and was then charged with disruption of the committee.) I joined the U.S. Navy in 1980 and served on active duty for the next […]

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Shared Prosperity Denied – 1880s to the early 1930s

By Mark McDermott The 50 years from the 1880s to the early 1930s saw extraordinary changes in American life.  Rapid urbanization, massive immigration and the decades-long “Great Migration” of millions of African-Americans from the South to northern cities created teeming cities.  Rapid industrialization coupled with the world’s largest railroad network made us the leading industrial […]

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Alex Loorz, 17…

…is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by teenagers to compel the government and corporate interests to prevent further pollution of the atmosphere and to reverse global warming. The lawsuit relies on the “public trust doctrine,” dating from Roman times, that requires the protection of nature for future generations.

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Battle in Congress over Postal future

By David Yao  A bill to address the financial crisis of the U.S. Postal Service has passed in the United States Senate. The House of Representatives, under Republican Party control, is considering another bill and agreement has to be reached by a May 15 deadline to avoid the shutdown of many postal facilities. At stake […]

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An agonizing legislative session

By Mike Andrew The long legislative session of 2012 – which featured not one, but two “special sessions” – finally came to an end in the early morning hours of April 11.” It was a session that featured high drama – Senate Republicans high-jacking the budget process with the help of Democratic defectors Jim Kastama, […]

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PSARA Annual Membership Meeting and Party

Guest speaker: Rep. Jay Inslee, candidate for Governor Review of past 6 months and future actions. 12:30 to 3:00 pm, Thursday, June 21, 2012  LOCATION: Greenwood Community Senior Center, 525 North 85th Street, Seattle. On Bus line # 48. RSVP to office phone and let us know the food item you can bring: 206-448- 9646 or e-mail to […]

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