- If we want different outcomes, we must look to Main Street, not Wall Street. If we want new leaders, we have to look to ourselves.
- "When it comes to the fight for people and the planet, almost just isn’t good enough."
- The American pseudo-left and the Democratic Party
Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, Jessica Juarez Scruggs, Common Dreams
Though progressives fought hard against the advancement of Fast Track in Congress, "almost" defeating it simply isn't good enough. "We cannot rest content to reinforce the barricades," write the authors, "we must climb the walls and mount our own attacks." (Photo: National People's Action/flickr)
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | On Tuesday, the Senate narrowly advanced a bill giving President Barack Obama—and the next president—"Fast Track" or Trade Promotion Authority to ram through the Trans Pacific Partnership with almost no democratic oversight. The vote is a major victory for multinational corporations and the global one percent. While hundreds of unelected, unaccountable corporate big-wigs literally wrote the rules that will shape our global economy in coming years, our democratically-elected leaders will only be allowed an up-or-down vote on the final agreement. Congress, in essence, has just written the corporate elite a giant blank check.
The vote was a big defeat, that much cannot be denied. But the fight over fast track shows the growing power of populist progressives. Millions of Americans raised their voices and demanded Congress put people and planet before corporate profits. Thousands wrote letters, made calls, and marched in the street. Hundreds of organizations, from grassroots community organizers to environmental groups to unions to food safety activists and internet freedom groups, pushed Congressional leaders to stand by their constituents. Barack Obama and the Republicans were expecting a slam dunk but they had to use every play in the book to squeak through the corporate agenda. What seemed like a foregone conclusion a few months ago passed by just one vote in both the House and the Senate.
Jacob Swenson-Lengyel is a writer and organizer living in Chicago. He is the Communications Lead at National People's Action and National People's Action Campaign.
Jessica Juarez Scruggs, is a Seattle-based writer and policy strategist. She is currently the Policy and Campaigns Associate for National People's Action and National People's Action Campaign. She has spent her career working on issues including immigration reform, citizenship, voting rights, workers rights and LGBTQ rights.
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The American pseudo-left and the Democratic Party, TGP Staff, The Greanville Post
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