List of Actions from Barbara Clancy of Alliance for Democracy
At our recent Film and Discussion night (2/17/14) Barbara Clancy was our speaker. She offered suggestions about possible actions to take to stop the TPP and Fast Track. She was kind enough to share her list to be published here. You can download this list as a Word doc here:
Take action to halt “fast track” and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (as of 2/19/14)
News: The “Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014.” (link https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3830/text), otherwise known as the Baucus-Hatch-Camp bill, is currently the only fast track bill introduced, but there may be others. Baucus-Hatch-Camp (aka Baucus-Camp) would bring back “fast track” authority for four years, with an option to extend it another three. So far the only Democrat signed on to co-sponsor this bill is Max Baucus, who is leaving shortly to become ambassador to China, so it’s not particularly bipartisan.
The focus for groups concerned about the TPP is to block this bill and any “alternative” bills proposed by either party, and thus force the text to be openly and fully debated by Congress (as per the Constitution!).
While both Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi have voiced opposition to Baucus-Camp that doesn’t necessarily mean a “better” bill wouldn’t make progress in the Senate or have more Democratic party backing in the House.
This site has links to many organizations that are opposed to the Baucus-Hatch-Camp bill for a variety of reasons. It also has an easy-to-use “email congress” feature, but please make a point to call, rather than email. Calling DC is better than calling district offices, if you can—legislators’ trade advisors are in DC and keeping tabs on numbers of calls coming in.
Citizens Trade Campaign has much background info and articles.
Flush the TPP: Activist-oriented site
Public Citizen’s site for TPP info and news
- Call Senators Warren and Markey, and your representative to state your objection to this latest fast track bill. Sen. Warren has spoken very forcefully against the secrecy with which TPP negotiations are being conducted, Markey less so.
- Locally, Niki Tsongas has signed onto an anti-fast-track letter, and new rep Katherine Clark has been contacted by constituents and reportedly is not supportive of fast track.
- Urge friends who live in Michael Capuano’s district to call him. He tends to be good on workers’ issues but has not signed onto group House letters—he wrote his own—and is well-connected, so his support is important.
Social Media: If you are a social media maven, you can sign up for #TPP Tuesdays and get a list of sharable tweets, memes and links to news and video that you can then post on Facebook or Twitter.
Letters to the editor: This PDA site, organized with the Communications Workers of America, has talking points, a “find the paper” search feature, and advice on how to get published:
Download model Letter to the Editor:
Anti-TPP resolutions and TPP-Free Zones: A small but significant number of cities and counties have passed resolutions against the TPP or are considering becoming “TPP-Free Zones.” Read more here:
MoveOn National Organizing Calls: Regular national organizing calls sponsored by MoveOn.org are held on Sunday evenings, starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. To be added to the invite list, email email@example.com. MoveOn also has an online petition and is encouraging people to request a list of local signers and present signatures to representatives and senators in person. You can sign here:
Upcoming: There will be a twitterstorm this Tuesday, 2/18, beginning at 9 p.m. EST organized by TPP Media March, which is part of Progressive Democrats of America and can be accessed at this link.
Sunday, February 23: Forum in Boston at SEIU, Downtown, 2-4 p.m.
info: Barbara Clancy, 978-562-1378 or firstname.lastname@example.org