Give BIG Day is May 6. Please make your donation to the PSARA Education Fund any time between now and midnight on May 6. Help match the $15,000 challenge from the 36 members of the Executive Board.
We understand times are tough for so many and there are multiple requests for financial assistance. Our expenses are basic. We are working to make sure the Education Fund survives this difficult time. At the same time we are very involved in supporting passage of a recovery package that provides financial assistance to those hardest hit by the pandemic and subsequent economic crisis.
We made significant progress in 2019 and the first part of 2020 to move the dial with our Congressional delegation on support for expanding Social Security and Medicare. Your donations will help us continue this momentum. Your donations will also assist our educational work on the necessity for passage of a progressive Green New Deal.
PSARA Endorses a People’s Bailout
PSARA has joined with almost 1,000 other organizations to call for COVID-19 relief and stimulus packages to contribute to a just recovery by upholding these five principles:
1. Health is the top priority, for all people, with no exceptions.
2. Provide economic relief directly to the people.
3. Rescue workers and communities, not corporate executives.
4. Make a down payment on a regenerative economy, while preventing future crises.
5. Protect our democratic process while protecting each other.
Read more about this in the May Advocate!
Statewide coalition to pass the national Green New Deal Resolution is demanding that our U.S. Congressional Representatives respond to the Covid-19 crisis with justice, not with bailouts for the oil and gas corporations. Read the statement sent to the Wa. congress representatives:
In a new video from The Intercept, author and activist Naomi Klein explains how the Trump administration and other governments across the globe are “exploiting” the corona virus outbreak “to push for no-strings-attached corporate bailouts and regulatory rollbacks,” and urges working people worldwide to resist such efforts and demand real support from political leaders during the ongoing crisis.
Klein, author of the 2007 book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, notes that President Donald Trump has pushed for a payroll tax cut that could bankrupt Social Security; promised help to major polluters like airlines, cruise companies, and fossil fuel firms that are driving climate disruption; and met with executives of private health insurance companies—in the words of Klein, “the very ones who have made sure that so many Americans cannot afford the care they need.”
Trump attacks Medicare!
PSARA is a member of the Social Security works Washington Coalition. In response to Trump’s attack, the Coalition just sent the following letter to all Washington congressional representatives and senators.
Dear Representatives and Senators:
On October 3rd , 2019, President Trump issued an Executive Order(EO) entitled “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors.” Rather than “Protecting and Improving Medicare…” the EO threatens to do incalculable harm to present and future Medicare beneficiaries. Congress should take steps to equalize the two Medicare programs to assure that there is an end to discrimination against the Medicare recipients who choose the traditional Medicare program.
View the entire letter HERE.
For millions of us us in Washington State, Social Security ensures security and dignity. Here is what lawmakers need to do to keep it that way: Read the Statement by Social Security Works, Washington here.
February: PSARA members in the House Chamber at lobby day in Olympia 2019