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Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Deal

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  • Stop the Fast-Tracking of TPP!
  • Repeal NAFTA, CAFTA and all other “Free Trade” Deals!
  • Part 1: Key Labor Voices Say: New Strategy Needed To Stop TPP and TTIP!
  • Part 2: Stop the TPP in Its Tracks! Repeal NAFTA!

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Key Labor Voices Say: New Strategy Needed To Stop TPP and TTIP!

Labor Needs a Strategy of Mass Struggle to Defeat the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Deals

Ed Grystar, Labor Fight Back Network

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg 

stopp-tppa.jpgMarch 1, 2015 | The negotiations for “free trade” deals between the U.S., Europe and the Pacific continue to proceed in secrecy and with a blackout by the mainstream media. While ostensibly branded as trade negotiations whose aim is to increase trade by abolishing tariffs, these deals are essentially power grabs by multinational corporations to remove regulatory barriers on their profits. Of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) 29 draft chapters, only five deal with traditional trade issues. The majority would strip governments, workers and citizens of health and safety regulations, environmental protections, food safety rules and other policies benefitting the public.

Because of this blackout, the public and Congress itself is prevented from knowing the details of the talks.[1] Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch reports that it is only through “leaks” of the actual negotiations that much of the information of these deals is made public. However, over 600 corporate “trade advisors” have full access to the texts.

Ed Grystar has over 40 years of experience in the labor, political, peace and healthcare movements. He has worked as a steelworker, teacher, and for a number of labor organizations. He served as president of the Butler County (PA) United Labor Council for 15 years. 

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Part 2: Stop the TPP in Its Tracks! Repeal NAFTA!

Labor cannot sit back and let this assault on working families continue. A few speeches by labor officials denouncing the TPP and/or a timid lobbying campaign of elected officials will do nothing to stop these attacks. In fact, it will only fuel the greedy bosses' appetites for more, as they know they can get away with murder.

Al Rojas, Labor Fight Back Network 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg 

Another%20World%20Rainbow.jpg March 24, 2015 | A new "free trade" agreement — the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, or TPP — is steamrolling our way.

Many unions have issued strong statements against the TPP, as has the national leadership of the AFL-CIO — but the issue is not being given the attention it deserves from the labor movement. In Europe and Latin America they organize mass strikes, and general strikes, when attacks of this magnitude come down the pike.

It reminds me of the same overall passive response by labor back in 1992-1994, when the bosses and their paid representatives in the government rammed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) down our throats.

Al Rojas is the president of the Frente de Mexicanos en el Exterior (FME), based in Sacramento, Calif. He is a founding member, along with César Chávez, of the United Farm Workers/UFW.

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Special Report | Join SOA Watch For The 2015 Spring Days Of Action!

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School of the Americas Watch is mobilizing this April for our Spring Days of Action (SDOA). Our 2015 SDOA theme is "Growing Stronger Together - Resisting the 'Drug War' Across the Americas". Will you help us take the message to Washington, DC?

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docs/Spring2015.jpgSunday, 22 February 2015 | Join us for actions in the streets and halls of Congress to hasten the end of the Drug War and its accompanying destruction. Part of social change is grassroots power, and we'll be having a welcome party, congressional visits, critical mass bike ride, concert, movement strategy session, and more! 

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Register to join us in D.C. April 22-25

SOA Watch will also be hosting a series of virtual lobby trainings in the lead up to the Spring Days of Action. For more information and to register, please click here.

The “Drug War” is militarizing, incarcerating, and killing communities in Latin America and in the U.S., especially traditionally oppressed peoples. Let's join join together this Spring to tell Congress the War on Drugs must end. 

Register for Spring Days of Action today! And register for our virtual lobby trainings, every other week leading up to the SDOA by clicking on this link.

The enforced disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico proved once again that the disastrous results of U.S. military aid and training in Latin America are ongoing. Similarly, in Ferguson and other U.S. cities have reminded us that police militarization and the treatment of black and brown people as internal enemies are also major problems in the U.S., while putting into context what militarization looks like on the ground for so many in Latin America and beyond. Check out the video above of Arturo, SOA Watch's Legislative Organizer, work with others in the movement to confront Congressional Representatives about the War on Drugs in Mexico in January, 2015.

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Questions? Suggestions? Ideas? Please contact Arturo  arturo@soaw.org or call (202) 234-3440.

SOA Watch, founded by Fr. Roy Bourgeois in 1990,  is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

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Want to Rebuild the Left? Take Socialism Seriously

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  • The American left will have to build outside the Republican and Democratic parties, whose leaders have repeatedly demonstrated that they will go to any lengths to defend the superwealthy and protect the capitalist system. Progress can happen only by building independent working-class power.
  • Does Capitalism Make You Happy?

Kshama Sawant, the Nation

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Nation Editor's Note: This article is part of The Nation's 150th Anniversary Special Issue. Download a free PDF of the issue, with articles by James Baldwin, Barbara Ehrenreich, Toni Morrison, Howard Zinn and many more, here.

March 23, 2015 | As the sun set on the Occupy Seattle encampment in December 2011, the question "What next?" hung in the air, as it did over Zuccotti Park in New York City. The tents were gone, our spirits were dampened, but an awakened sense of empowerment prevailed.

The movement had given voice to a widespread fury at big business and a recognition of the gaping class divide. Key to Occupy's success were the thousands of young people who had helped elect President Obama and had completed their own first steps toward achieving the American Dream, only to see their college degrees translate into crushing student debt and poverty wages.

Kshama Sawant is a Seattle City Council member. Sawant became a socialist activist and part-time economics professor in Seattle after emigrating to the United States. She won a seat on the Seattle City Council, making her the first socialist to win a city-wide election in Seattle since the radical progressive Anna Louise Strong was elected to the School Board in 1916.

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Related:

Does Capitalism Make You Happy? Dana Cooper, Socialist Appeal

  • Without the historically obsolete and parasitic capitalist class, the surplus wealth created by society could be spent on ensuring everyone’s basic needs are covered, allowing everybody more time to spend on things they find meaningful. 
  • As Engels said, socialism will represent humanity’s leap from the realm of necessity to the realm of freedom. Only in a socialist society would life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness be a right, not only in the abstract and for the few, but for everybody.
  • Can Civilization Survive Capitalism?

Why We Must Change How We Change the World

“We are caught in a vicious cycle, a dangerous dynamic that shapes our views about the people who experience suffering. As a result, those trapped in poverty are dehumanized and poverty is dumbed down while good, well-intended people really believe they are caring, world-conscious, and ethical. But change is coming.”  

Stephan Bauman, Sojourners / God's Politics

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02-25-2015 | It’s hard to be optimistic about changing the world when our news cycle is dominated by terrorism, violence, and disease. When world events shock us, sometimes our best hopes cave in to our worst fears. Even the most radical activist may be tempted to give up.

 

But there is a different narrative that summons those of us who dare to care. It begins when we confront the things that have kept millions from breaking free from poverty and injustice. It ends when we find the courage to change how we change the world.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, which consistently ranks among the
poorest countries in the world and the most dangerous for women, a group of peacemakers are changing the narrative. Last year I met a Congolese woman who told me how her husband was killed in crossfire between warring militias, how she was violently assaulted by the soldiers who were supposed to protect her, and how she fled her village with her eight children under the cover of night. In the wake of her suffering, she joined a group of women to save small amounts of their own money each week. From her savings, she launched a soap-making business. Over time, she employed others and taught her sisters how to do the same. She helps others to forgive their perpetrators and, together, they are determined to stop the violence against women in a land known as the rape capital of the world.

Stephan Bauman is President and CEO of World Relief, which empowers the worldwide church to overcome global poverty and injustice, chair of The Justice Conference, and author of Possible: A Blueprint For Changing How We Change the World.

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