Trumka should call a general strike for Monday, and tell everybody to hit the streets with TPP messages - or else, resign.
Probably illegal, but at least it's not treason, like the TPP.
Here is the lovely email I got from PopularResistance.org, today:
Fast Track Resisters,
Last Thursday, the House passed a stand alone Fast Track bill that does not include Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). See how different House members voted here. This new bill will head to the Senate for a vote early next week. This is likely to be our last chance to Stop Fast Track, so URGENT action is needed!
Call your Senators (202-224-3121), but also call and tweet at the 14 Senators who voted for Fast Track last time.
However, if we are serious about stopping Fast Track, we need to do more than phone calls and traditional lobbying.
On Tuesday (6/23) in Washin
gton, DC, we will have an action to Stop Fast Track in the Senate. If you cannot make it to Washington, organize a solidarity action or something this weekend or Monday while your Senators are at home!
Contact Mackenzie@PopularResistance.org for more info!
The new Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill is even worse than the already bad Senate bill. It has provisions that make it nearly impossible to stop human trafficking or address climate change in ¨trade¨ negotiations. It also eliminates currency measures and other enforcement mechanisms. Now Senators should have more reason than ever to vote against Fast Track!
The Senate is expected to hold a ¨cloture¨ vote on Tuesday which would require 60 votes for the bill to proceed. In May, they had 62 votes. To stop this horrible bill we need to flip some Senators. If they reach cloture, they will vote on Fast Track on Wednesday and that only requires 51 votes to pass.
If the bill is passed, it will go to Obama's desk to be signed into law. Already the White House is signaling that the President will not wait for TAA before signing Fast Track into law. This would allow Obama to make the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) signing ceremony at the end of the month.
Fast Track will hurt all of us in multiple ways and emergency action is needed! It will allow the Triple Threat of Treaties (TPP, TTIP and TiSA) to be rushed through Congress and together they will fundamentally alter global governance in ways that are harmful to our communities.
If you haven't already, join the Fast Track Resistance call this Wednesday night at 9 pm EDT to hear legislative updates and talk about strategy for moving forward. Click here to register.
We need to win this fight and we can, but we need your help!
For more info or to donate, visit flushthetpp.org.
With thanks for all you do,
The Flush the TPP Team
Click here to donate.
and here is my response:
It's really LATE to be focusing on mobilization, and I'm frankly a bit disgusted to even have to point out the obvious, but IMO if you really want to stop TPP/TPA, we need a massive street/public presence, since most people DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE TPP IS - NEVER HEARD OF IT.
I have documented the state of TPP ignorance amongst the public at facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/str/tpp%20ignorance/keywords_top
At this LATE date, there's probably only only one type of organization that could muster a street presence of sufficient size to make a difference, and that's the unions. I'm not talking about getting permits to march down main street, here and there, I'm talking about directly approaching citizens on public sidewalks, calling up and speaking to veteran's groups, boy scout troops, churches, etc., IN PERSON, etc.
The type of organization that I'm talking about are labor unions. AFL-CIO has over 12 million members. If half of them start hitting up their fellow citizens, and asking THEM to call their Congress critter, that would make a huge difference.
As I've also noted, lately (http://correntewire.com/comment/235504#comment-235504 ), while Trumka tweeted the following 2 days ago:
We will fight at every level and in every way to protect American workers and our economy by rejecting Fast Track and this corporate trade deal
checking the AFLCIO TPP "action" web page shows that it wasn't even working!!
So, I'm not optimistic that anybody at PopularResistance.org can actually get Trumka to lead his "troops" in an appropriate manner.
At this LATE date, however, I don't see much option but to try.