August 14, 2015

Build the Movement! All Retirees Out for Labor Day!

Retirees have a terrific opportunity to build our statewide movement at Labor Day activities this year. Our good friends from the union movement will be there, the best of the political activists will come, and everybody will be open to talking about the right to retire in America!

Ada French-Goring, a member of the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, took responsibility for organizing the only Labor Day event in Tarrant County. Just outside Fort Worth, in Hurst, she found Chisholm Park as the perfect site. They have baseball fields, basketball courts, an aquatics center, a fishing pond, and picnic pavilions. UAW Local 848 and its retiree group agreed to co-sponsor.

The Texas Alliance will celebrate Grandparents Day at our table.

They start at 1 PM on Sunday, September 6. Congressman Marc Veasey liked the idea and volunteered to be the main speaker. Gerardo Contreras volunteered to do the catering, so Ada’s event has really taken off!

If they want, people can bring food and beer, but the park prohibits glass bottles.

Labor Day and other activities will be under discussion at our Fort Worth Chapter meeting and our Austin meeting this week.

  • 12:30 PM  (Third Wednesday)
  • 3233 ALTA MERE DRIVE, FT WORTH, TX 76116
  • Contact, Jim Rivers


  • 10 AM,  (Third Thursday)
  •  Texas AFL-CIO Office
  • 1204 San Antonio-3rd Floor Conference room
  • Contact, Glenn Scott, 512 -657-0184

Here are some of the other Labor Day opportunities listed by the Texas AFL-CIO:

Amarillo – Labor Day Picnic, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, Memorial Park on Washington Street, Amarillo.

Austin – Fish fry, 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, NALC Branch 181 Union Hall, 601 Williams Road, Austin. Our Austin chapter is already helping with this one.

Coastal Bend – Breakfast, 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, CWA 6137 Hall, 1210 S. Staples, Corpus Christi. Our activists in Corpus are turning out the troops!

Dallas – March begins at the MLK Center at noon on Sept 5. Picnic afterward.

Dallas – TARA President Gene Lantz speaks at Barbec’s Restaurant, 8949 Garland Rd, at 6 PM.

Dallas – Breakfast, 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, Hampton Inn and Suites, 1700 Rodeo Driver, Mesquite. Dallas Chapter activists will be there!

El Paso – Breakfast, 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7 (hospitality hour starts at 8 a.m.), Wyndham Hotel, El Paso Airport Complex. Our new Texas Alliance for Retired Americans El Paso Organizing Committee expects this event to help them start a chapter!

Galveston – Breakfast, 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, Walter Hall Park, 807 Highway 3, League City.

Harris County – Barbecue Cook-Off, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, Pasadena Convention Center, 7902 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena.

Hurst – Picnic in Chisholm Park starts at 1 PM. Fort Worth Chapter of TARA will have a table for sure!

Lubbock – Celebration, 4-6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, McKenzie Park (Horseshoe Pits), Lubbock.

Permian Basin – Picnic, noon-3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, Slator Park, 1001 W. 38th St., Odessa.

San Antonio – Breakfast, 8:15-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, San Antonio Fire Fighters Union Hall, 8925 I-10 Frontage Road, San Antonio.

Smith County – Breakfast, 8-11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, IUE-CWA Union Hall, 13146 State Highway 110 South, Tyler.

Retirees: call your local AFL-CIO Central Labor Council and see how you can get involved!


Gene Lantz

President, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans
tara donate button Donate to Texas Alliance for Retired Americans by clicking here. Contact Texas organizer Judy Bryant at 214-729-0063.
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