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
February 10 marked the date when the top 1% in the country no longer paid into the Social Security system. The lower level earners among the 1% hit the $118,500 cap on that date. Of course, a large proportion of the 1% hit the cap after their first or second week of earnings in 2015.
Starting this month, retirees who rely on public transit are taking a big hit to the pocketbook. On March 1st the senior fare on King County Metro and Link Light Rail went from seventy-five cents to $1.00, an increase of 33%.
Several years ago I was talking with one of my students, Siri, from Norway. She was taking her first US Government class at the time and was surprised to learn that few of her classmates thought Social Security would be around when they retired and, even more surprising, few seemed to care.
“We won a battle, but not the war,” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his country after his government won a short-term debt extension from its European creditors. “The difficulties lie ahead of us.”
On January 29th, twenty one PSARA members participated in a PSARA Diversity Committee sponsored tour of the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM). Before our tour began, we were warmly greeted by Katie Williams, NAAM Public Program Manager.
For years, I have been arguing that our state’s progressive movements need to create a permanent alliance to move forward decisively. Equally important is learning from movements in other states. Our consistent failures on tax reform make this point.
The Seattle Labor Chorus’ annual Singalong and Silent Auction takes place on Saturday March 7, 7:00 p.m., at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Avenue North. The Singalong features community singing of songs of labor, peace, and justice and golden oldies (words projected on a screen so you won’t be left out).
PSARA members will be heading to Olympia on Senior Lobby Day, February 26, to ask legislators to consider the essential priorities for Washington residents in the years ahead. PSARA’s 2015 Legislative Agenda includes: • Elimination of tax exemptions with no public benefit & raising revenue. Allocation of new resources for low income housing. Supporting steps […]
Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson are co-directors of Social Security Works, an influential and effective advocacy coalition in Washington D.C. Nancy and Eric have authored a book that was recently released, Social Security WORKS!: Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All. They will be two of the featured speakers in a forum on Monday, February 23, at 7 p.m. at United Food & Commercial Workers Local 21, Joe Crump Hall, 5030 First Avenue South in Seattle.