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
The Republican-controlled Congress started 2015 promising to move forward on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. For the 10th time, in January, the House and Senate passed legislation approving the construction of the 1,179 mile oil pipeline, which would carry an estimated 800,000 barrels of tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, through the U.S. to Gulf Coast refineries.
Charging polluters for their planet warming carbon emissions will unleash the transition to a robust 21st Century clean energy economy. Along the way the new clean economy can eradicate poverty, create more jobs, and make a healthy environment accessible to all.
The most successful family insurance program in U.S. history is once again under attack. It’s been that way for 80 years. Our enemies hate this wildly-popular government program because of its success.
Most of the people who closely follow the Federal Reserve Board’s decisions on monetary policy are investors trying to get a jump on any moves that will affect financial markets. Very few of the people involved in the debate over the future of Social Security pay much attention to the Fed. That’s unfortunate because the connections are much more direct than is generally recognized.
“Hope has arrived!” an exultant Alexis Tsipras told a huge election night rally in downtown Athens. His SYRIZA party – the Coalition of the Radical Left – had just swept to power, upsetting an entrenched right-wing government that had ruled Greece since 2012.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on January 27 this year that it would streamline procedures to fight Ebola in the future. Surprising as it may sound, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) may have a bigger impact on disease control in the developing world than WHO does.
The 2015 legislative session begins on Monday January 12. And Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) members will be going to Olympia on Thursday, February 26, for Senior Lobby Day, to once again urge legislators to consider both increasing revenue and to share with seniors and working families the prosperity slowly returning to the state’s economy.
Nancy Altman will be one of the featured speakers in a forum on Monday, February 23 in Seattle entitled “Social Security – Why It’s Not Broke and How We Can Expand It.” Joining Ms. Altman on the program will be Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant and Washington State Labor Council President, Jeff Johnson.
Thursday, January 15, 2015, marks the 86th birthday of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. And as some PSARA members know, 86 is the new 76, or even the new 70, if one is lucky enough to reach the awesome age of 86 in relatively good health. This is why I confidently predict that were Dr. King alive today, he would be speaking eloquently against the unjustifiably high numbers of poor Black males being killed or seriously injured by white police officers, often under suspicious circumstances, in urban communities all across our country. Dr. King would be witnessing the outrage and protest taking place across the nation. He would note that people of all races are marching and participating in huge rallies around the modern day movement mantras of “no justice, no peace!” and “black lives matter!”
On Saturday, December 6, I attended a march that was primarily organized through social media and was led by students from the University of Washington and the Black Student Union at Garfield High School. The theme was “Black Lives Matter.” Speeches stressed that significant steps must be taken to address the treatment of African Americans in our communities by the police. Also highlighted was the growing economic inequality in our country that has hit hardest in the African American community and is being keenly felt by people of color throughout our country.