CARA Alert – August 31, 2017
A publication of the California Alliance for Retired Americans.
KEEP THE PRESSURE ON CONGRESS: NO CUTS TO MEDICARE, MEDICAID OR SOCIAL SECURITY
(CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEMBER – TOLLFREE SWITCHBOARD)
CALL CONGRESSMAN PETERS AND PELOSI
NO DEMOCRATS ON NEW SOCIAL SECURITY COMMISSION!!!
CONGRESSMAN SCOTT PETERS: 858-455-5550/202-225-0508
CONGRESSWOMAN NANCY PELOSI: 415-556-4862/202-225-4965
Congress goes back to work on September 5th after the summer recess – and will be focusing on the 2017-2018 budget, debt ceiling discussions, tax reform, and maybe the ACA? A lot of the cuts that we have been fighting to our health care programs and to Social Security are imbedded in these other issues, so we must remain diligent. Keep on calling your Congressmembers to let them know you will not stand for any cuts or privatization of Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security.
There is also a new attempt to form a bi-partisan commission to fast track cuts to Social Security – HR 3423 – which San Diego Congressman Scott Peters (D) has co-authored. We must put pressure on Cong. Peters and all of our California Congressional Delegation to vote against this bill, and against any cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. We must also urge Congresswoman Pelosi to demand that ALL Democrats should stay away from this bill – there should not be bi-partisan support for cuts to Social Security – EVER. Call Cong. Peters and Pelosi at their local offices of their Washington offices. Or you can use this D.C. toll free number: 877-762-8762
REGISTER FOR THE CARA 14TH ANNUALCONVENTION SEPTEMBER 26 & 27TH IN SACRAMENTO
IMPORTANT DEADLINES ARE APPROACHING!!!!
The CARA Convention is fast approaching – and it is going to be a great event. With the focus on building the senior movement so we can take back our country in 2018, we will hear from some key partnering organizations like Our Revolution, Indivisible, California Labor Federation, Working America, and the Alliance for Retired Americans. Our luncheon Keynote will be Tom Steyer, from NEXTGEN!
We have some great workshops planned to help us be more effective in our organizing efforts and some great entertainment with Rhonda Benin, International singer and entertainer.
We have also invited all of the candidates declared for California Constitutional Offices in 2018 for a Candidate Reception where you will be able to meet the candidates one on one. And that’s just the first day.
The second day will include an action co-sponsored by the Communication Workers of America to demand that phone land lines be maintained and protected. You don’t want to miss this convention.
Here are some important details for the Convention:
Early bird registration ends on Sept. 8th. It is $125 until then, and the rates go up to $150 so register today. You can register online by clicking here or send your check to the CARA office.
If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, you must call the CARA office and get on our list by September 1st. Scholarships are given on a first come first served basis, based on funding (raffle ticket sales provide the funding for scholarships, so please keep selling tickets and sending your stubs and checks to the office).
The positions of President and Secretary for CARA will be voted on at this Convention. Also 8 community-based Vice Presidents will be elected. You must be a member of CARA in good standing (either as a member of an affiliated organization or an individual member) and you must submit your Intent to Run Form by September 18th. NO NOMINATIONS WILL BE TAKEN FROM THE FLOOR!
If your organization would like to submit a resolution to be considered by Convention delegates, it must be submitted 30 days prior to the Convention – by August 25th, 2017. Resolutions can not be longer than one page, and must be submitted on your organizations’ letterhead, including your name, your organization and contact information. Mail resolutions to CARA at 600 Grand Ave. #410, Oakland, CA, 94610
The Convention is being held at the Hilton Arden West in Sacramento, 2200 Harvard St., in Sacramento. CARA has reserved a block of rooms for the nights of Sept. 25th, 26th, and 27th. Room rates are $139 plus tax. You can call the hotel directly to reserve your room at 800-344-4321 no later than Sept. 8thto get this rate. Be sure to mention our group code: CAR.
Transportation and Parking:
There are shuttles and taxis from the Sacramento airport to the hotel (about $40). CARA is arranging to pick up folks at the airport with at least 7 days notice. Call 510-663-4086 to make arrangements. Hotel parking is $4/day. Carpools are available from some areas. Call 510-663-4086 to sign up.
Help CARA Celebrate our 14th Birthday and Get Ready for 2018.
Click here to register.
CARA Hires New Staff to Get Ready for 2018
Thanks to two generous grants from the Thomas Long Foundation and The California Endowment, CARA is able to hire another FTE equivalent organizer, and make some shifts in our staffing overall. We are so happy to announce that we have hired two great organizers who will be taking over our work in Southern CA (don’t worry – Vishnu is not leaving CARA!). Jenni Chang will focus on L.A. county and Susan Meyer will focus on Orange and San Diego counties. Together they will cover the rest of Southern CA under the supreme supervision of Vishnu. As for Vishnu, he will be moving to the Central Valley to take over our work there. The two new staff will start on Sept. 5th and work with Vishnu for a month. He will be starting in the Central Valley on October 1st. Please welcome these two new great additions to the CARA team, and please don’t give Vishnu a hard time – you will still see him in the South, the North, and beyond.
HONOR LABOR – HAVE A GREAT LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
You can contact CARA at:
CARA, 600 Grand Ave. #410, Oakland, CA 94610
NORTH: 510-663-4086 • 510-663-4099 (fax) • firstname.lastname@example.org
CENTRAL VALLEY: 714-488-5488 • Vishnu.email@example.com
LA COUNTY: 917-424-3220 • firstname.lastname@example.org
ORANGE/SAN DIEGO: 714-460-3542 • email@example.com
OTHER SOUTHERN CA COUNTIES: 714-488-5488 • Vishnu.firstname.lastname@example.org
TOLLFREE 1-877-223-6107 • www.californiaalliance.org