May 15, 2017

More Ways for Seniors to Make a Difference!

As the Fort Worth retiree chapter meeting nears, even more opportunities for seniors have come up. We’re calling right now for pension justice, and we’re planning a rally on May 24th.

Chapter President Jim Rivers writes: “Even thought they held an obscenely gleeful public party to flaunt their votes for the American Health Care Act (AHCA), only 14 of the 217 House Republicans have had the guts to hold Town Halls during their recess.

‘Now it is in the Senate and we must apply all of the pressure we can to stop this atrocity. Call, email, write, march, demonstrate, visit offices, whatever you can do to block the AHCA before its passage results in more unnecessarily untreated illnesses and deaths.
‘Furthermore, we must press for wider health care coverage so that all medical resources available can be provided for every one of us.
                            ‘THIS IS NO TIME TO BE IDLE.            
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17th, 2017
        12:00 NOON
FT WORTH, TX 76116″
Hensarling is the bankers’ congressman

Rally for Health Care and Fair Banking

We’ll rally at Congressman Hensarling’s office, 6510 Abrams Rd in Dallas, at 4 PM on Wednesday, May 24. Jeb Hensarling voted to undermine our health care, and now he wants to release the bankers from the regulations that came after they nearly destroyed our economy in the Great Recession. Texas Organizing Project initiated this rally. They were joined by TARA and the AFL-CIO.

Call Texas Senators to Get Retirees on the Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees

The Texas State Employees Union asks us to make calls. The Texas House passed bills to allow retirees to serve on the ERS Board, but the bills are now waiting in the Senate State Affairs Committee. These are the last days of the session, and retiree union members across the state are pushing these Senate Committee members to act NOW.
CALL the members of the Senate State Affairs Committee (listed below) NOW and urge them to vote YES and support HB 265 and HB 1014 as soon as possible.


Call all SENATORS on the Senate State Affairs Committee:
* Senator Joan Huffman (Chair) – 512-463-0117

* Senator Bryan Hughes (Vice Chair) – 512-463-0101

Senator Brian Birdwell – 512-463-0122

Senator Brandon Creighton – 512-463-0104

Senator Craig Estes – 512-463-0130

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. – 512-463-0127

Senator Jane Nelson – 512-463-0112

Senator Charles Schwertner – 512-463-0105

Senator Judith Zaffirini – 512-463-0121

Please take the following steps after making your call:

  1. Email Seth Hutchinson to report on how it went and who you called.
  2. Ask your fellow retirees and family members to make the call as well

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–Gene Lantz, President

Texas Alliance for Retired Americans


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