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DECEMBER 18, 2017

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Urgent Action Needed to STOP Tax “Scam” Bill
Want to help public education this holiday season? Tell your senators and representative to VOTE NO on the GOP’s tax scam!

Here’s the deal:

Congress is expected to vote on the GOP’s final tax bill early this week. To pay for the massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, the plan:

  • Could put up to 133,000 education jobs at risk.
  • Slash education funding by as much as $152 billion (which is $300+ less in spending per student, per year).
  • Transforms 529 college savings plans into voucher-like schemes.

Please take action TODAY and tell your elected officials in D.C. that this tax plan CANNOT be on the backs of our students, families and communities.

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CARA Alert – December 15, 2017

A publication of the California Alliance for Retired Americans.
Click here for a printable pdf

All hands on deck!
We have to defeat the bill that would harm millions of working people, seniors and people with disabilities so the rich can get even bigger tax breaks.

If passed under current budget rules the GOP tax bill would result in immediate cuts of over $100 billion in health and human services, including $25 billion per year to Medicare. This quarter-trillion dollar cut would impact the care of seniors and people with disabilities as well as their families that all depend on this crucial program.
There are several emergency events planned around California to fight back against this cruel, despicable bill.

Find an action near you:

SATURDAY

Redding
What: Protest the TAX SCAM! Rep LaMalfa vote NO!
When: Saturday, December 16th
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: 2885 Churn Creek, (Rep. LaMalfa’s office – on the sidewalk, or wherever we can fit!)
Additional info: We’ll bring signs, water and some snacks, a few tables and chairs. We’ll write postcards and make phone calls. Bring your cell phone and some friends!
Need more info? Contact Cheryl at mckinley.c@gmail.com

MONDAY

Modesto
What: Rep Denham: You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Lie!
When: Monday, December 18th
Time: 10-11 am
Where: Rep. Jeff Denham’s office, 4701 Sisk Rd, Modesto
RSVP: via Facebook

Palmdale, Simi Valley and Santa Clarita
What: Rep Knight – Vote NO on the Tax Scam!
When: Monday, December 18th
Time: 4pm
Three locations:

  • Palmdale: Antelope Valley Office, 1008 West Avenue M-14, Suite E, Palmdale, CA 93551
  • Santa Clarita: 26415 Carl Boyer Drive, Suite 220, Santa Clarita, CA 91350
  • Simi Valley: 1445 E. Los Angeles Avenue, #206, Simi Valley, CA 93065

TUESDAY

Vista
What: Vote NO Congressman Darrell Issa!
When: Tuesday, December 19
Time:  10:00am
Where: Congressman Darrell Issa’s Office, 1800 Thibodo Rd., Vista, Ca.  92081
Parking: Park in the Hope Church parking lot. Pastor Matthew Palm of Hope Church at 1755 Thibodo Rd offers the parking lot to promote public safety (he recognizes the danger of people parking illegally on Thibodo Rd), and emphasizes that the church does not take sides in politics.
  • if you have mobility issues, pull into Issa’s lot. Ask someone in a yellow vest for a parking pass.
Irvine
What: We Demand A No Vote, Rep Mimi Walters! Short press conference then march across the street and in front of mall.
When: Tuesday, December 19
Time: 11am-12pm
Where: Congresswoman Walters Office, 3333 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

San Bernardino
What: Rep Paul Cook Stop the GOP Tax Scam
When: Tuesday December 19
Time: 12pm-1pm
Where:  Perris Hill Park, Corner of Highland & Valencia, 1135 E Highland Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92408
RSVP: via Facebook

WEDNESDAY

Modesto
What: Rally at Congressman Jeff Denham’s Office: Scrooge Theme
When: Wednesday, December 20th
Time: 11 am – 12 pm
Where: Rep. Jeff Denham’s office, 4701 Sisk Rd, Modesto
RSVP:  via Facebook

Hanford
What: Rep Valadao: VOTE NO on the Tax Scam, Rally and Light Brigade
When: Wednesday, December 20 at 4:45pm
Where: ARCO, 1775 Glendale Ave, Hanford, CA 93230

Can’t find an action near you?
Take action and call your Representative today!

SAVE the DATE and
START THE YEAR RIGHT – TELL THE ASSEMBLYMEMBERS IT IS TIME TO ACT ON SB 562 (THE HEALTHY CA ACT)
Tuesday, January 9th
9:30AM: Rally at North Steps of Capitol, Sacramento
10AM: Visit ALL 80 Assemblymembers
1PM – Hearing
(Lunch provided)

Buses will be leaving from Bay Area, San Jose and Central Valley.
If you would like to find out more information about buses,
call CARA at 510-663-4086. 

You can contact CARA at: 
CARA, 600 Grand Ave. #410, Oakland, CA 94610
NORTH: 510-663-4086 • 510-663-4099 (fax) • jreid.cara@gmail.com
CENTRAL VALLEY: 714-488-5488 • Vishnu.cara@gmail.com
SOUTH:
LA COUNTY: 917-434-3220 • jennichang.cara@gmail.com
ORANGE/SAN DIEGO: 714-460-3542 • smeyer.cara@gmail.com
OTHER SOUTHERN CA COUNTIES: 714-488-5488 • Vishnu.cara@gmail.com
TOLLFREE 1-877-223-6107 • www.californiaalliance.org

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  DECEMBER 5, 2017

CTA Insider

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Putting the June Primary Election on the radar
Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about the June 5, 2018 statewide Primary Election although it’s six months away. With the top two primary system in California and constitutional offices up for grabs, we have a lot of work to do to elect the candidates recommended by CTA’s State Council of Education – the body of your elected representatives – who voted to endorse Gavin Newsom for Governor and Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction . Thurmond’s opponent – a corporate charter school supporter seeking to privatize our neighborhood public schools – has deep-pocketed supporters behind him, so it’s imperative that we emphasize early and often that Tony Thurmond is the right candidate for this critical job. Learn more about Thurmond here.

Wealthiest 1% and cronies want to rig economy in their favor
The Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari (will hear) the Janus v AFSCMEcase, which seeks to overturn 40 years of constitutional law and make fair share fees illegal. This case is the culmination of decades of attacks on working people. Learn more about the case by viewing our webpage, and by reading this Guardian article. Also, view this touching video of how unions are important in the lives of working people. Teacher Steve Comstock offers his personal story – further emphasizing the need to keep those who seek to rig the economy in their favor from succeeding.

Reminder: NEA Human & Civil Rights Award deadline fast approaching! 
Do you know of an individual, a local affiliate or an organization that has worked to advance the cause of civil rights within their own community or nationwide? Has that person, entity or group helped to protect the human and civil rights of educators and students, produced curricula that reflects the value of diversity, or worked to prevent violence and promote peace? Check the criteria, and if someone or some group fits the bill, a nomination for the prestigious NEA Human and Civil Rights Award is in order ! Deadline to submit your nomination is Dec. 8.

GLBT Issues Conference Dec. 8-10 in San Jose
CTA’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Advisory Committee (SOGIIAC) is proud to present the annual CTA conference addressing issues involving LGBTQ+ educators, students and community. This conference is open to all CTA members and will serve as a forum to discuss a variety of subjects affecting the entire membership and California’s youth. Participants will have plenty of workshops to choose from as well as opportunities to interact as a group. Register online today for the Dec. 8-10 Conference!

Bill of Rights Day is Dec. 15
Educators can order materials to use in the classroom for the upcoming Bill of Rights Day, Dec. 15. Help students better understand the Bill of Rights and get detailed lesson plans on how the Bill of Rights helps guarantee individual rights. And … a great assignment for your kids leading up to that special day: Ask them to address their U.S. Senators and answer the following question: “What right(s) in the Bill of Rights are important to me and why?” Have your students go to the websites for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris or send them an email at Feinstein.senate.gov and Harris.senate.gov answering that important question.

Recognizing our ESP Colleagues
Education Support Professionals (ESPs) are the backbone of our profession. If you’ve got in mind a particular ESP colleague whose activities reflect the contributions of ESPs to public education, toss their hat into the ring to be considered for the 2018 Paula J. Monroe CTA ESP of the Year Award! Be sure to submit your nomination by the deadline, Dec. 15.

Promoting Safety in Schools
It’s time to apply! The GLBT Safety in Schools Grant and Scholarship program in honor of Guy DeRosa provides grants of up to $2500 to support projects that promote understanding and respect for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender persons. Self-identified LGBTQ members enrolled in a teacher/counseling credential or graduate program who understand the importance of GLBT educators as role models are also eligible. Deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

Speaking of School Safety…
Have you checked out our page on School Safety lately? Here you will find our policy on school safety/school management, safety resources, including the ability to pledge to support the public school education that ALL students deserve, information about Alternative Discipline and Restorative Practices, and hot off the presses, the new Guide to School Safety.

Introducing the 2018 California Teachers of the Year
Five extraordinary educators and CTA members have been named as the 2018 California Teachers of the Year: Brian McDaniel of Desert Hot Springs, Erin Oxhorn-Gilpin of Castaic, Kirsten Farrell of Los Angeles, Jaime Brown of Santee, and Gregory Gardiner of Huntington Beach. McDaniel was also nominated as California’s representative for the National Teacher of the Year competition. To learn more about the California Teachers of the Year program, see the CA Department of Education page.

Calling all nominees: It’s time for the CTA Human Rights Awards
Social justice and human and civil rights go hand in hand. To encourage the development of programs and the advancement of social justice endeavors and the protection of human and civil rights, a variety of Human Rights Awards are given annually to CTA members, chapters and Service Center Councils within the Association. Get your nominations in. Deadline is Jan. 8, 2018!

Register NOW for the CA School Dashboard/LCAP Module training session on January 10
Explore the most recent changes to the Dashboard and considerations for Year 2 of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). ALL audiences are welcome to attend – parents, students, community members, superintendents, board members, principals, teachers, and classified staff. There are two options to join the training: In-person at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West OR virtually through a livestream (make your selection in the registration form). Please note: This session focuses on CA Dashboard/LCAP updates since the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence’s Spring 2017 workshop series. If you are new to Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), you are encouraged to review the Spring 2017 materials.

Be Golden — Nominations open for the CTA State Gold Awards
The CTA State Gold Awards are given to recognize individuals or organizations whose leadership, acts, and support have indicated they are true friends of public education, educators, or students. Help to honor those who deserve special recognition for having made a positive statewide impact on public education in California. Nomination deadline: Jan. 12, 2018. While you’re at it, learn about creating your own local or regional Gold Awards Program — and check out CTA’s other awards programs.

Give your public high school — and middle school — athletics program a sporting chance: Apply for a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant
California Casualty, the CTA-endorsed automobile and home insurance carrier, will award thousands of dollars in grants to schools with struggling athletics departments. Since its inception in 2011, over $500,000 has been awarded to more than 400 high schools across the nation. Applications are now being taken. Deadline for consideration is Jan. 15, 2018.

Bring STEP to your school and spark conversations around self-confidence, teamwork and overcoming challenges
Check out the award-winning documentary, STEP, which tells the story of an all-girls high-school step dancing team in the heart of Baltimore. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches, and families, the girls chase their ultimate dream: to win a step dancing championship and to be accepted into college. The STEP team wants to bring this film to your school! They will provide you with a DVD and a discussion guide – they only ask that you send them a photo of your screening and fill out a brief survey. This opportunity is for students in grades 6-12. If you are interested, fill out this request form.

Looking back — and forward
A cool resource available on the CTA website’s Useful Links page lists events of note in California — a digital playground, if you will, on the state’s history and geography. Check it out to get games, stories, videos and an ongoing chronicle of events “This Week in California.”

Happy Holidays
It’s December — and during the season of giving, you might want to check Donors Choose and make a wish for your classroom. You never know, your wish just might come true! May your holiday season be all wrapped up with cheer and filled with celebration for the New Year. Here’s to peace, prosperity, good health and happiness to you and yours!

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Learn more at www.cta.org.

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Yesterday I stood in front of the US Capitol and participated in a read-in marathon. We were telling the stories of the Dreamers whose lives and contributions are threatened if Congress fails to pass the Dream Act before the end of the year.

I spoke about Vicente and Gema, Hugo and Karen, and the thousands of DACAmented educators that matter so much to our students, schools and communities.

Tomorrow, I will return to the Capitol for a massive rally as part of a National Day of Action. I will stand alongside Dreamers and all those who are calling on Congress to pass the Dream Act by the end of this year.

There are actions happening all across the country tomorrow, in person and online. Click here for details on how you can join us – no matter where you are, or how busy – to call on Congress to pass the Dream Act now.

Can you take a minute to make sure the stories of our nation’s Dreamers matter? Let’s raise our voices and tell Congress to pass a clean #DreamActNow

Join us.  In solidarity,

Lily Eskelsen García
President
National Education Association

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CARA Alert – December 1, 2017

A publication of the California Alliance for Retired Americans.

CALL CONGRESS TODAY! STOP THE GOP TAX PLAN!
ATTEND A RALLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 4TH TO SAY NO!

We can’t believe this disaster of a tax bill would pass the United States Senate. But it did. And we HAVE to fight back. Too much is at stake.  The bill is now headed to the House of Representatives and if passed under current budget rules, would result in immediate cuts of over $100 billion in health and human services, including $25 billion per year to Medicare. This quarter-trillion dollar cut would impact the care of seniors and people with disabilities as well as their families that all depend on this crucial program.
And guess who would get a big tax break thanks to slashing Medicare? Billionaires and massive corporations!
We have to get loud and take action immediately to shut this bill down! There are several emergency events planned around California next week to fight back against this cruel, despicable bill.

Find an action near you:

SATURDAY, December 2nd IN IRVINE
What:  Reps Mimi Walters/Ed Royce/ Dana Rohrbacher Tax Scam Rally
When: Saturday December 2, 2017
Time:  4:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: Irvine Spectrum Shopping Center, 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618

MONDAY, December 4th IN MODESTO
What:  Action at Rep Denham’s office. Say NO to the GOP Tax Scam on Working People
When: Monday, December 4th, 2017
Time:  10:00am-11:00am
Where: Jeff Denham’s Office, 4701 Sisk Rd., Modesto, Ca. 95356

TUESDAY, December 5th IN PALMDALE
What:  Rep Knight Tax Scam Action                                                                      When: Tuesday December 5, 2017
Time:  3:00 pm
Where: Palmdale City Council, 38300 Sierra Highway, Palmdale, CA. 93550

TUESDAY, December 5th IN VISTA
What:  Action at Rep Issa’s office                                                                          When: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
Time:  10:00am-11:00am
Where: Rep Darrell Issa’s Office, 1800 Thibodo Rd Vista 92081
Parking: Park in the Hope Church parking lot. Pastor Matthew Palm of Hope Church at 1755 Thibodo Rd offers the parking lot to promote public safety (he recognizes the danger of people parking illegally on Thibodo Rd), and emphasizes that the church does not take sides in politics.

  • If you have mobility issues, pull into Issa’s lot. Ask someone in a yellow vest for a parking pass.

TUESDAY, December 5th IN ROSEVILLE
What:  Action at Rep McClintock’s office
When: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
Time:  9:45am
Where: Congressman Tom McClintock’s Office, 2200A Douglas Blvd, Suite 240, Roseville, CA 95661

WEDNESDAY, December 6th IN FRESNO
What:  Community Members Call on Rep. Valadao and Rep. Nunes to Reject Cuts to Medicare  When:            Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Time:  11am
Where: Medicare Event, Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno St, Fresno, CA 93721

If you can’t find an action near you, you can still do something:

  1. Please forward this email to friends and family who could make it to an action.
  2. Call Your Congressman to demand that they say no to these cuts.  Then call the 14 California GOP Congressional representatives.  (LaMalfa, McClintock, Denham, Nunes, Valadao, McCarthy, Knight, Cook, Walters, Royce, Rohrbacher, Calvert, Issa and Hunter).
  3. Use the toll free switchboard:  877-762-8762
This GOP tax bill will overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest Americans and big corporations at the expense of everyone else. Once the tax cuts have done their damage, and left the country in dire financial straits, the money to pay for programs and services that older Americans and people with disabilities need will have already gone into the bank accounts of the very wealthy.

Whether it is the employment of people with disabilities, the cost of out of pocket medical expenses, or making the country’s businesses accessible to seniors and people with disabilities, the GOP tax scheme will make it more costly and more difficult for us to live healthy, independent lives. Some of the worst aspects of their proposal:

  • Takes 25 billion dollars out of Medicare in first year with threats to cut more from Medicare and Medicaid to reduce deficit this plan creates (1.5 trillion)
  • Eliminates a tax deduction vital to those with high medical costs;
  • Eliminates an incentive for businesses to hire people with disabilities and older people;
  • Threatens research into treatments that disproportionately benefit seniors and people with disabilities;
  • May result in seniors and people with disabilities paying more taxes on Social Security benefits;
  • Would squeeze state and local budgets, putting a strain on health, social services, and other programs needed to age in place with dignity;
  • Threatens the funding to Medicare and Medicaid in order to pay for these massive tax breaks for wealthy individuals and corporations.

You can contact CARA at: 
CARA, 600 Grand Ave. #410, Oakland, CA 94610
NORTH: 510-663-4086 • 510-663-4099 (fax) • jreid.cara@gmail.com
CENTRAL VALLEY: 714-488-5488 • Vishnu.cara@gmail.com
SOUTH:
LA COUNTY: 917-434-3220 • jennichang.cara@gmail.com
ORANGE/SAN DIEGO: 714-460-3542 • smeyer.cara@gmail.com
OTHER SOUTHERN CA COUNTIES: 714-488-5488 • Vishnu.cara@gmail.com
TOLLFREE 1-877-223-6107 • www.californiaalliance.org

Copyright © 2017 California Alliance for Retired Americans, All rights reserved.
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CARA Alert – November 13, 2017

A publication of the California Alliance for Retired Americans.
Click here for printable pdf

CALL CONGRESS TODAY! OPPOSE GOP TAX PLAN! 

 877-762-8762 (toll-free switchboard)
The Republican tax bill that passed the House Ways & Means Committee is a full-fledged attack on the health and well-being of older adults and will make future retirement security impossible for all but the very rich.  As CARA has stated previously, this is all part of the House Republican leaderships’ two-step plan.  Step one is to cut taxes for the wealthy and drive up the deficit by $1.5 trillion. Step two is to use the higher deficit to justify additional cuts in the future to programs we all depend on, such as Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Older American Act programs, and many others.

This GOP tax bill will overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest Americans and big corporations at the expense of everyone else. Once the tax cuts have done their damage, and left the country in dire financial straits, the money to pay for programs and services that older Americans need will have already gone into the bank accounts of the very wealthy.

Whether it is the employment of people with disabilities, the cost of out of pocket medical expenses, or making the country’s businesses accessible to seniors and people with disabilities, the GOP tax scheme will make it more costly and more difficult for us to live healthy, independent lives. Some of the worst aspects of their proposal:

  • Eliminates a tax deduction vital to those with high medical costs;
  • Eliminates an incentive for businesses to hire people with disabilities and older people;
  • Threatens research into treatments that disproportionately benefit seniors and people with disabilities;
  • May result in seniors and people with disabilities paying more taxes on Social Security benefits;
  • Would squeeze state and local budgets, putting a strain on health, social services, and other programs needed to age in place with dignity;
  • Threatens the funding to Medicare and Medicaid in order to pay for these massive tax breaks for wealthy individuals and corporations.

The House of Representatives hopes to pass this proposal before the Thanksgiving recess.  We must make our calls this week!  Meanwhile, the GOP Senate is ready to present their version of this massive tax giveaway.  They hope to vote on their plan upon returning from Thanksgiving recess, then work to bring the two plans together and finalize their tax plan before the end of the year.  The time to act is NOW!!!!

Call your Representative TODAY at 877-762-8762 (toll-free)   and tell them you want them to vote NO on the GOP tax plan.
STOP ATTACKS ON SOCIAL SECURITY THROUGH PHONY BI-PARTISAN COMMISSION – VOTE NO ON HR 3423
877-762-8762
(CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEMBER – TOLL-FREE SWITCHBOARD)
AND
CALL CONGRESSMEMBERS PETERS AND PELOSI: 877-762-8762
There is 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 Congressmembers Peters and Pelosi at their local offices or their Washington offices.

You can contact CARA at: 
CARA, 600 Grand Ave. #410, Oakland, CA 94610
NORTH: 510-663-4086 • 510-663-4099 (fax) • jreid.cara@gmail.com
CENTRAL VALLEY: 714-488-5488 • Vishnu.cara@gmail.com
SOUTH:
LA COUNTY: 917-434-3220 • jennichang.cara@gmail.com
ORANGE/SAN DIEGO: 714-460-3542 • smeyer.cara@gmail.com
OTHER SOUTHERN CA COUNTIES: 714-488-5488 • Vishnu.cara@gmail.com
TOLLFREE 1-877-223-6107 • www.californiaalliance.org

Copyright © 2017 California Alliance for Retired Americans, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you indicated you wished to be kept informed regarding CARA’s activities.

Our mailing address is:

California Alliance for Retired Americans

600 Grand Ave.
Suite 410

Oakland, Ca 94610


CARA Alert – November 13, 2017

A publication of the California Alliance for Retired Americans.
Click here for printable pdf

CALL CONGRESS TODAY! OPPOSE GOP TAX PLAN! 

 877-762-8762 (toll-free switchboard)
The Republican tax bill that passed the House Ways & Means Committee is a full-fledged attack on the health and well-being of older adults and will make future retirement security impossible for all but the very rich.  As CARA has stated previously, this is all part of the House Republican leaderships’ two-step plan.  Step one is to cut taxes for the wealthy and drive up the deficit by $1.5 trillion. Step two is to use the higher deficit to justify additional cuts in the future to programs we all depend on, such as Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Older American Act programs, and many others.

This GOP tax bill will overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest Americans and big corporations at the expense of everyone else. Once the tax cuts have done their damage, and left the country in dire financial straits, the money to pay for programs and services that older Americans need will have already gone into the bank accounts of the very wealthy.

Whether it is the employment of people with disabilities, the cost of out of pocket medical expenses, or making the country’s businesses accessible to seniors and people with disabilities, the GOP tax scheme will make it more costly and more difficult for us to live healthy, independent lives. Some of the worst aspects of their proposal:

  • Eliminates a tax deduction vital to those with high medical costs;
  • Eliminates an incentive for businesses to hire people with disabilities and older people;
  • Threatens research into treatments that disproportionately benefit seniors and people with disabilities;
  • May result in seniors and people with disabilities paying more taxes on Social Security benefits;
  • Would squeeze state and local budgets, putting a strain on health, social services, and other programs needed to age in place with dignity;
  • Threatens the funding to Medicare and Medicaid in order to pay for these massive tax breaks for wealthy individuals and corporations.

The House of Representatives hopes to pass this proposal before the Thanksgiving recess.  We must make our calls this week!  Meanwhile, the GOP Senate is ready to present their version of this massive tax giveaway.  They hope to vote on their plan upon returning from Thanksgiving recess, then work to bring the two plans together and finalize their tax plan before the end of the year.  The time to act is NOW!!!!

Call your Representative TODAY at 877-762-8762 (toll-free)   and tell them you want them to vote NO on the GOP tax plan.
STOP ATTACKS ON SOCIAL SECURITY THROUGH PHONY BI-PARTISAN COMMISSION – VOTE NO ON HR 3423
877-762-8762
(CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEMBER – TOLL-FREE SWITCHBOARD)
AND
CALL CONGRESSMEMBERS PETERS AND PELOSI: 877-762-8762
There is 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 Congressmembers Peters and Pelosi at their local offices or their Washington offices.

You can contact CARA at: 
CARA, 600 Grand Ave. #410, Oakland, CA 94610
NORTH: 510-663-4086 • 510-663-4099 (fax) • jreid.cara@gmail.com
CENTRAL VALLEY: 714-488-5488 • Vishnu.cara@gmail.com
SOUTH:
LA COUNTY: 917-434-3220 • jennichang.cara@gmail.com
ORANGE/SAN DIEGO: 714-460-3542 • smeyer.cara@gmail.com
OTHER SOUTHERN CA COUNTIES: 714-488-5488 • Vishnu.cara@gmail.com
TOLLFREE 1-877-223-6107 • www.californiaalliance.org

Copyright © 2017 California Alliance for Retired Americans, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you indicated you wished to be kept informed regarding CARA’s activities.

Our mailing address is:

California Alliance for Retired Americans

600 Grand Ave.
Suite 410

Oakland, Ca 94610


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
877-762-8762
(CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEMBER – TOLLFREE SWITCHBOARD)
AND
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).

Nominations:
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!

Resolutions:
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

Hotel Reservations:
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) • jreid.cara@gmail.com
CENTRAL VALLEY: 714-488-5488 • Vishnu.cara@gmail.com
SOUTH:
LA COUNTY: 917-424-3220 • jennichang.cara@gmail.com
ORANGE/SAN DIEGO: 714-460-3542 • smeyer.cara@gmail.com
OTHER SOUTHERN CA COUNTIES: 714-488-5488 • Vishnu.cara@gmail.com

TOLLFREE 1-877-223-6107 • www.californiaalliance.org

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