Videos

Retiree of the Year
Sacramento – October 22, 2019

CARA decided to sponsor the Retiree of the Year Award to honor and recognize a person who has contributed to the work of our organization – and who is dedicated to advocating on behalf of seniors and our families to promote aging with dignity and independence. There are hundreds of people who have demonstrated their commitment to CARA and to building senior power. We plan to honor more of these incredible people in the years ahead.

However, the choice for our first award recipient was obvious to the CARA Board of Directors. Nan Brasmer, CARA’s President and wonder woman needed to be our first nominee. Here’s why:

Nan was born and raised in Western Oregon. She moved to Sacramento with her husband in 1959 when he began his career in education. For her first 15 years in California, Nan was able to be a stay-at-home mom to her daughters – and become a “chronic volunteer”. The family moved to Manteca in the 70’s, where Nan’s union career began.

Nan was a library clerk at Manteca Unified School District for 13 years. She joined the California School Employees Association and served in many capacities in her local union. She was elected to the first statewide political action committee for CSEA and served on the CSEA State Board as area director, first vice president, and state president. After serving two terms as CSEA state president, Nan went to work for CSEA as a labor relations representative. Upon retirement in 2000, Nan was elected chair of the CSEA Retirees.

When the Alliance for Retired Americans began organizing state affiliates, Nan stepped up with her retirees, her skills, and her red jacket to assist in California. CARA elected Nan as president at our founding convention in 2003 and she continues as board president today (term ends in 2021). Nan has two daughters, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and seven cats (at last count).

Watch our video clips here.

Seniors for Prop 10 Rally
Los Angeles – October 24, 2018

Speaking in great support of rent control measures, CARA members Bonnie Coleman and Mark Masaoka joined the YES on Prop 10 Rally at Los Angeles City Hall on Wednesday, October 24th. They joined a large and powerful coalition of supporting unions and community groups, including ACLU, UTLA, and CHIRLA among others. The California Alliance for Retired Americans supports Proposition 10 on the November ballot. Vote YES and help keep vulnerable seniors in their homes.

Watch Mark here. Watch Bonnie here.

San Jose Candidate/Town Hall Forum on Senior Issues
San Jose – September 27, 2018

California Assemblymember Ash Kalra was our keynote speaker at this event.
Attendees met candidates running for Santa Clara County Supervisor District 4. While the 2 candidates for US Senate (US Senator Diane Feinstein and CA Senator Kevin de Leon) were unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts they did send representatives to listen to our concerns and pass them on to the candidates.
There was also an informational panel discussion of the 4 state propositions CARA considered priorities.

Watch our video clips here.

Hanford Candidate/Town Hall Forum on Senior Issues
Hanford – September 25, 2018

Central Valley Partnership Executive Director Daniel O’Connell was our keynote speaker at this event.
Attendees met candidates running for Congressional District 21, Senate District 14, Assembly District 26 and Assembly District 32.
There was also an informational panel discussion of the 4 state propositions CARA considered priorities.

Watch our video clips here.

Central Valley Candidate/Town Hall Forum on Senior Issues
Modesto/Salida – September 20, 2018

The keynote speaker was Tim Robertson, Executive Director, North Valley Labor Federation.
Attendees met candidates running for key races – including candidates for Congressional District 10,
State Senate District 8, Stanislaus County Supervisor District 3 and Stanislaus County Supervisor District 4.
There was also a panel discussion of the 4 state propositions CARA considered priorities.

Watch our video clips here.

Roseville Candidate/Town Hall Forum on Senior Issues
Roseville – September 12, 2018

The keynote speaker was Steve Smith, Communications Director, California Labor Federation
Attendees met candidates running for key races – including candidates for Congressional District 4.
There was also a panel discussion of the 4 state propositions CARA considered priorities.

Watch our video clips here.

Medicare turns 53 years old and Social Security turns 83 years old. Join us to celebrate Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid in front of Congressman Jeff Denham’s Modesto campaign office August 17, 2018.

Watch our video clips here.

CARA/AFGE Social Security rally
Santa Rosa – August 15, 2018

Today, two staunch defenders of Social Security, CARA and AFGE, held a rally in front of the Santa Rosa, California Social Security office.

Watch the video clip here. (video courtesy of Nick Pasquariello)

AFGE Social Security Rally
Modesto – July 24, 2018

Have you heard about the White House’s latest attack on workers?
The administration is now banning union members from having an office in federal buildings starting with the Social Security office.
Management will have an office but not union members. This move attacks and silences workers, the very people helping seniors with their Social Security benefits.

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Telemundo clip

CD 1 Congressional Candidates Forum
Redding, April 29, 2018

Candidates running for California’s Congressional District 1 comments.

(The above videos were generously provided by Ron Lute Photography)

CD 10 Congressional Candidates Forum
Salida/Modesto, April 16, 2018

What is your position on Universal Healthcare? Josh HarderMichael EggmanMike BarkleySue Zwahlen – Virginia Madueño

CD 10 Candidate Josh Harder comments clip 1

CD 10 Candidate Michael Eggman comments clip 1     clip 2

CD 10 Candidate Mike Barkley comments clip 1     clip 2

CD 10 Candidate Sue Zwahlen comments clip 1     clip 2

CD 10 Candidate Virginia Madueño clip 1     clip 2

CD 10 Q&A clip 1     clip 2

CARA Executive Director Jodi Reid

Jon “Bowzer” Bauman classical pianist

Jon Bauman comments

CD 49 Congressional Candidates Forum
Vista, April 14, 2018

Candidates running for California’s Congressional District 49 give their introductory remarks.

CD 4 Congressional Candidates Forum
Roseville, April 11, 2018

What is your position on Social Security? Mitchell WhiteJessica MorseRoza CalderonRegina Bateson

CD 4 Opening Comments

CD 4 Jon “Bowzer” Bauman presentation

CD 4 Candidate Instructions

CD 4 Candidate Mitchell White responds to CARA’s candidate questionnaire.

CD 4 Candidate Jessica Morse responds to CARA’s candidate questionnaire.

CD 4 Candidate Roza Calderon responds to CARA’s candidate questionnaire.

CD 4 Candidate Regina Bateson responds to CARA’s candidate questionnaire.

CD 4 Q&A Session

CD 4 CARA Executive Director Jodi Reid

CD 4 Closing Remarks

(The above videos were generously provided by Jackie Smith, Candidate for Assembly District 6.)

What is CARA? radio interview March 12, 2018

Host: Bruce Giudici Guest: Vishnu Subramaniam & Nan Brasmer with California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA)

CARA President Nan Brasmer and CARA Central Valley Organizer Vishnu Subramaniam give an overview of what CARA does and who it advocates for.