August 19, 2019
Day of Action Is August 20
The Fort Worth TARA Chapter meets this week. If you live in this area, you will receive a separate email about the meeting.
Please note below the National Day of Action To Put People Over Pharma Profits on Tuesday, August 20. Please click the link to send your legislators a message. If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, please join TARA on Tuesday at 10 am for a rally outside Senator John Cornyn’s office, 5001 Spring Valley, Dallas 75244.
TARA STANDS WITH UNITE HERE!
On August 13th, TARA Field Organizer Judy Bryant and Secretary Gene Lantz were joined by activists George Nolan, Eddie Morgan, Mary Stretcher, Ken Stretcher, Julie Britton, Patricia Murphy, Hobie Hukill and Lewis Fulbright to protest outside the new American Airlines headquarters with hundreds of UNITE HERE brothers and sisters to say One Job Should Be Enough!! The Sky Chef airline catering workers are fighting for a living wage and affordable health care from American Airlines, which had a $1 Billion profit in 2018.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY!
The Coastal Bend TARA celebrated the dual birthdays of Medicare and Social Security with one of their largest meetings in a long time—almost 40 were present. Chapter President Kina Pena presided at the meeting.
Elaine Jones, Texas AFT TARA board member, presented the current status of Social Security and Medicare and the threats to those great programs that are so important to seniors. We want to make sure that future retirees won’t get less than we do now. These attendees received handouts and a birthday cake.
Ray McMurrey, Secretary-Treasurer of Texas AFT, explained the newly formed Texas AFT Retiree Plus, a statewide organization of retired AFT members; however, any retiree or person interested in retiree issues in Texas can join. Many retirees across Texas are members of both that organization and Texas ARA.
They also saw a brief presentation from Hill Education Associates, a non-profit that provides seminars for public school employees to explain how the WEP (Windfall Elimination Provision) /GPO (Government Pension Offset) can impact their retirement income. Certain state and federal employees are also affected by these cuts.
Action Needed: Tell Your Legislator to Put People Over Pharma Profits
Activists in 30 states will participate in a day of action Tuesday, August 20 to deliver a “prescription for lower drug prices” to Senators and members of Congress.
You can show solidarity by sending a message to your members. We must demand that passing legislation to lower drug prices be a top priority when lawmakers return to Washington in September. Click here to send a message.
“Nearly 1 in 4 older Americans say that they didn’t fill a prescription in the last 12 months because they couldn’t afford it,” said Executive Director Rich Fiesta. “We must demand that our elected leaders put patients over Pharma profits. Older Americans can’t wait any longer.”