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
Washington State has long been a leader in health care innovation — from the success of Cover All Kids, which has enabled every low-income child, including undocumented children, to have access to health coverage, to the most recent effort to establish a health benefits exchange. That forward-thinking leadership has paid off in some ways: the number of uninsured in Washington has declined by 370,000 individuals since the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented one year ago this January.
We must remain cool, calm, and collected, and act only when we are strong, all of us, together. We know we must make allies. While we accept the fact that some of us will not see the “new world,” we also know that collectively we will overcome. Let’s catch a breath, then keep moving.
The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) has suspended its so-called “Stepping Forward” plan. The proposal would have increased rents for thousands of low-income residents of buildings managed by the SHA.
Seattle Parks and Recreation Department presented their 2014 Denny Awards this month. The award for Community Stewardship went to the Homeless Remembrance Project Committee. PSARA member Sally Kinney was one of the members of the Committee that received the award.
Back in 1943, when women flocked into the workforce to help win World War II, Washington State banned paying women less than men for similar work. Now 70 years later, women’s pay still trails behind men’s. Women make up almost half of our workforce and earn the majority of college degrees. Yet, the typical Washington woman who worked full-time, year-round in 2013 took home only 80 cents for every $1.00 made by a man.
There seems to be a disconnect in the recent election. How can minimum wage and sick leave local ordinances pass in all corners of our country, yet conservative candidates win at the same time?
We hope you have found value this year in the content of the Retiree Advocate; the work PSARA has done and is doing on retirement security issues like Social Security and Medicare; the broader solidarity work we have done for economic and social justice; the additional focus we have placed on environmental sustainability; and the educational work to learn from the past to help develop a path for the future.
On October 30, PSARA learned that a memo had been sent to building tenants at the Jackson Federal Building stating: “The Department of Homeland Security has established the Real ID Act. Effective January 19, 2015, the Washington State Driver License will no longer be an acceptable form of identification for entrance to government buildings. The Jackson Federal Building and the Federal Office Building, which are level 4 buildings, will require visitors to show a passport or a Washington State Enhanced Driver License to enter the buildings.”
The PSARA Diversity Committee invites PSARA members to its second event of the year. The Committee will sponsor a tour and discussion at the Northwest African American Museum (NWAAM). The tour will focus on the history, art, and culture of persons of African descent who came to the Pacific Northwest.
I want to share with you this piece from Robert Reich’s blog analyzing the recent elections.