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One Million Anti-TPP Petitions Delivered to Congress


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TPP Signing in New Zealand Overshadowed by U.S. Presidential Candidate, Congressional Opposition

U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Tulsi Gabbard, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Sierra Club, MoveOn, CREDO and Other Online Activist Groups Kick Off TPP Protest Activities

Washington, D.C. – As representatives of the TPP countries meet in New Zealand to officially sign the trade deal, its prospects of going into effect remain uncertain at best. The pact does not enjoy majority support in Congress, and changes that some members are demanding are strongly opposed by other TPP nations. No U.S. presidential candidate polling over five percent in any state supports the deal. At a press conference today, speakers addressed the failings of the TPP, and the political environment surrounding the deal.

“The American people have been left out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership from the beginning and the results show. From an ISDS process that allows foreign corporations to overrule our domestic rule of law, to unenforceable labor and environmental protections, to no protections against currency manipulation, this deal helps the corporate class while selling out working Americans and their families. The American people deserve a better future that empowers our middle class and domestic economy; that protects people and our planet,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02).

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Richard Trumka and Rep Rosa DeLauro

“The TPP agreement is toxic, and the American people are not buying it,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Working people are determined to end the era of corporate trade deals that lower our wages and kill our jobs. To all those on the ballot in 2016, we have a simple message: either you’re with us or against us.”

Debbie Sease, Senior Lobbying and Advocacy Director, Sierra Club, had the following to say at the event, “Signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership puts our economy and our climate on the line. Congress should reject the toxic trade deal and build a new model of trade that puts the health and safety of people before the profits of big polluters.” 

Also at the event, the following national on-line activist organizations delivered to Congress more than a million signatures on anti-TPP petitions: Avaaz (http://bit.ly/1o36deO), CREDO (http://bit.ly/20n5iHA), Care2 (http://bit.ly/1VHxoGD), Corporate Accountability International (http://bit.ly/1KUEP7I), Fight for the Future, Public Citizen, MoveOn, SumOfUs (http://bit.ly/1Qa21R6), and the Sierra Club (http://bit.ly/20Eyab0).

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a corporate giveaway that’s bad for consumers, workers, and the environment. We don’t need our elected leaders to hand multinational corporations even more power over our daily lives. That’s why hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members have fought against the TPP and other deals like it over the years—and why we’ll fight it in Congress this spring,” said Ben Wikler, Washington Director, MoveOn.org Civic Action who spoke at the event. 

“Time and time again CREDO’s 3.9 million activists have demonstrated their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other job-killing trade deals,” said Murshed Zaheed, CREDO’s Deputy Political Director. “The TPP is a massive giveaway to big corporations that will erode environmental, labor, and intellectual property standards and we are 100 percent dedicated to defeating it in Congress,” Zaheed continued. Since 2013, CREDO has generated more than  one million petition signatures and 40,000 phone calls in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority.  

In 30 locations nationwide, activists are holding protests against the TPP to oppose the signing and energize local opposition organizing. TPP signing-day rallies are also occurring in Auckland, New Zealand and capitals of other TPP signatory nations.

“The TPP is a dream come true for the Monsantos of the world, but for regular people it will be a disaster — a tool for big business to attack our public health, internet freedom, and the rule of law,” said Joseph Huff-Hannon with Avaaz. “That’s why more than 860,000 Avaaz members are calling on Congress to reject this corporate giveaway.” 

Corporate Accountability International representative Cloe Franko had the following to say about their actions around TPP: “This corporate-driven trade deal not only fails people and the environment, it represents an enormous threat to the democracy and sovereignty of all twelve nations involved. Negotiated in secrecy behind closed doors, this deal is poised to rewrite trade rules in the name of corporate profits. With allegations of corruption of one of the lead negotiators now calling into question the integrity of the entire TPP, Congress must heed the demands of the people rallying here today and the millions more around the world opposed to this agreement and reject it when it’s up for approval.”

Care2, who also participated in today’s event, said that their members tend to be the most concerned about ISDS and the lack of enforcement for the wildlife and environmental protections in the TPP. “The TPP was negotiated in secret for seven years with very little congressional oversight, but a lot of corporate influence. As a result, we now have a trade deal that would allow corporations to sue the U.S. government. We have a deal that has sold out environmental and wildlife protections, food safety, and human rights. We have a deal that will turn democracy as we know it up-side-down. And that is why over 135,000 Care2 members are demanding that Congress vote ‘no’ on the TPP. We will never support a trade agreement that attacks everything we care about and have fought to protect,” said Lacey Kohlmoos, Care2 Online Organizing Strategist.

“The TPP signing today is largely theater. Everyone knows the real fight here will be in Congress, where this unpopular and anti-democratic deal faces fierce opposition from both sides of the aisle. A massive coalition of activists are gearing up to fight the TPP. Once we’ done with it, secret trade deals will be as politically toxic in DC as SOPA after the Internet Blackout,” said Evan Greer, campaign director, Fight for the Future.

And finally, Ledys Sanjuan, Senior Campaigner at SumOfUs.org, concluded “The TPP is one of the largest corporate power grabs we’ve seen. Not only will it cost hundreds and thousands of US jobs but it will significantly reduce internet freedom and give power to corporations to sue our governments for regulating them. We need to come together and stop our governments from ratifying this dangerous trade deal.”  

One Million Anti-TPP Petitions Delivered to Congress was originally published on NH Labor News

Hillary for New Hampshire To Kick Off GOTV With Grassroots Events Across the State

Campaign Surrogates, New Hampshire Leaders Will Fire Up Thousands of Volunteers Preparing To Turn Out Voters for Hillary Clinton

Manchester – Hillary for New Hampshire will officially kick off the “Get Out The Vote” phase of the campaign on Friday, January 29th with just a few days until the Iowa caucus and less than two weeks until the New Hampshire Primary.  At hundreds of grassroots events across the state throughout the weekend, Hillary Clinton supporters will be talking to their friends and neighbors about how as president, Hillary Clinton will make a difference for families and stop Republicans – like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump – from ripping up the progress Democrats have worked so hard to make.

Over the weekend, actor and environmental activist Ted Danson, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Governor Maggie Hassan, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Congresswoman Annie Kuster, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Congressman Seth Moulton, Congressman Bill Keating, Congressman Michael Capuano, Congressman Jim McGovern, Congressman Stephen Lynch, Congressman Joe Kennedy, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, Congressman Joe Courtney, former Congressman Tim Bishop, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy, Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, EMILY’s List founder Ellen Malcolm, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, former CIA operative Valerie Plame, and New Hampshire elected and civic leaders will all attend grassroots events in New Hampshire between January 29th and January 31st to greet volunteers and lay out why Hillary Clinton is the candidate with the right experience and the best policies for Granite State families.

“Everyday Hillary Clinton reminds us this campaign is about the people she will make a difference for as President, and empowering them to take part in the election is one of our top priorities.  Over the final twelve days of the New Hampshire primary, we are going to be getting out the vote for Hillary Clinton so we can nominate the candidate best prepared to take on the Republicans and get results for the American people,” said Hillary for New Hampshire State Director Mike Vlacich. “We started this campaign in April, preparing to deliver on Hillary Clinton’s pledge to earn every vote and take nothing for granted and prepared for a competitive race. Every vote counts in New Hampshire – especially with a border state candidate on the ballot.”

On top of traditional campaign organizing, Hillary for New Hampshire is officially launching an online application that enables voters to build a personalized, digital card expressing their commitment to vote for Hillary Clinton in their state’s primary or caucus. Commitment cards are a traditional, offline organizing technique that the campaign is now using online to engage supporters who know Hillary Clinton has been in the trenches fighting by their side for decades and will fight and deliver for them every day as President.  The Commit to Caucus, or Commit to Vote, app is available at http://hillaryclinton.com/commit.

Hillary for New Hampshire has eight GOTV Centers and 11 local offices which serve as hubs of activity for the more than 10,178 Granite Staters who have taken part in the campaign, joining organizers in communities across the state.

Since Hillary Clinton launched her campaign in April, Hillary for New Hampshire has been committed to delivering a grassroots community organizing campaign that connects supporters and builds relationships with Granite Staters through one-on-one meetings, small gatherings, and online engagement. At all of the weekend’s events, volunteers will be asking voters to fill out a “Commit to Vote” card, pledging to vote for Clinton in the first in the nation primary.

Below are a few events happening this weekend. Media interested in attending any of the events are kindly asked to RSVP to jmcclain@hillaryclinton.com. If you would like to attend an event not listed or that is closer to you, please inquire.

WHAT: Hanover for Hillary Organizing Event with Gloria Steinem

WHEN: Friday, January 29th at 10:45 am

WHERE: Morano Gelato, 57 Main St #101, Hanover

WHAT: Women for Hillary Organizing Event with Gloria Steinem and Senator Jeanne Shaheen

WHEN: Friday, January 29th at 1:30 pm

WHERE: Live Juice, 5  S Main Street, Concord

WHAT: Laconia Volunteer Meet & Greet with Ted Danson

WHEN: Friday, January 29th at 2:30 pm

WHERE: 373 Court Street, Laconia

WHAT: Manchester Volunteer Meet & Greet with Gloria Steinem

WHEN: Friday, January 29th at 2:50 pm

WHERE: 66 Hanover Street, Suite 300, Manchester

WHAT: Phonebank with Gloria Steinem

WHEN: Friday, January 29th at 4:30 pm

WHERE: 2800 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth

WHAT: Concord Phonebank Meet & Greet with Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Ted Danson & Congresswoman Annie Kuster

WHEN: Friday, January 29th at 5:15 pm

WHERE: 109 N. State Street, Concord

WHAT: Nashua Canvass Kick-Off with Governor Maggie Hassan & MA Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: Ledge Street Elementary,139 Ledge Street, Nashua

WHAT: Keene Canvass Kick-Off with Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy and CT Congressman Joe Courtney

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: 265 Washington Street, Keene

WHAT: Exeter Canvass Kick-Off with MA Congressman Seth Moulton

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: 30 Court Street, Exeter

WHAT: Manchester Canvass Kick-Off with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: Montessori School, 698 Beech Street, Manchester

WHAT: Hampton Canvass Kick-Off with MA Congressman Michael Capuano

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: 703 Ocean Blvd, Suite C3, Hampton

WHAT: Portsmouth Canvass Kick-Off with Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Massachusetts AG Maura Healy and Maine AG Janet Mills

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: 2800 Lafayette Road, Unit 10A, Portsmouth

WHAT: Peterborough Canvass Kick-Off with Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: 87 Wilder Farm Road, Peterborough

WHAT: Winchester Canvass Kick-Off with Former NY Congressman Tim Bishop

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: 19 Parker Street, Winchester, NH 03470

WHAT: Concord Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 10 am

WHERE: 109 North State Street, Concord

WHAT: Londonderry Canvass Kick-Off with MA Congressman Bill Keating

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 11 am

WHERE: 89 Hovey Road, Londonderry

WHAT: Exeter Canvass Kick-Off with Governor Dan Malloy

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 1 pm

WHERE: 130A Water Street, Exeter

WHAT: Berlin Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Annie Kuster

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 1 pm

WHERE: 52 Main Street, Berlin

WHAT: Keene Canvass Kick-Off with Former NY Congressman Tim Bishop, Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame, and Ambassador Dan Benjamin

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 1 pm

WHERE: 265 Washington Street, Keene

WHAT: Concord Canvass Kick-Off with MA Congressman Jim McGovern

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 1 pm

WHERE: 9 South Spring Street, Concord

WHAT: Dover Canvass Kick-Off with MA Congressman Stephen Lynch

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 1 pm

WHERE: 903 Central Avenue, Dover

WHAT: Salem Canvass Kick-Off with MA Treasurer Deb Goldberg & Congresswoman Niki Tsongas

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 1 pm

WHERE: 15 Ermer Road, Salem

WHAT: Derry Field Office Volunteer Meet & Greet with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 1 pm

WHERE: 4 Peabody Annex Road, Derry

WHAT: Keene Phonebank Kick-Off with Former NY Congressman Tim Bishop

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 3 pm

WHERE: 265 Washington Street, Keene

WHAT: Lebanon Phonebank Kick-Off with Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame

WHEN: Saturday, January 30th at 3:30 pm

WHERE: 85 Mechanic Street, Lebanon

WHAT: Lebanon Canvass Kick-Off with NY Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

WHEN: Sunday, January 31st at 10 am

WHERE: 85 Mechanic Street, Lebanon

WHAT: Salem Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

WHEN: Sunday, January 31st at 10 am

WHERE: 15 Ermer Road, Salem

WHAT: Keene Canvass Kick-Off with Former NY Congressman Tim Bishop

WHEN: Sunday, January 31st at 10 am

WHERE: 265 Washington Street, Keene

WHAT: Concord Canvass Kick-Off with NY Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

WHEN: Sunday, January 31st at 1 pm

WHERE: 109 N. State Street, Concord

WHAT: Portsmouth Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

WHEN: Sunday, January 31st at 1 pm

WHERE: 35 Middle Road, Portsmouth

WHAT: Portsmouth Phonebank Kick-Off with NY Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

WHEN: Sunday, January 31st at 3 pm

WHERE: 2800 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth

WHAT: Plymouth Phonebank Kick-Off with Congresswoman Annie Kuster

WHEN: Sunday, January 31st at 4 pm

WHERE: 107 Main Street, Plymouth

Hillary for New Hampshire To Kick Off GOTV With Grassroots Events Across the State was originally published on NH Labor News