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Trumka should call a general strike for Monday, and tell everybody to hit the streets with TPP messages - or else, resign.

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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

TPP Occucards
Flush the TPP on the web
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Flush the TPP on Twitter, @FlushTheTPP
Our mailing address is:
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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.

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Submitted by jo6pac on

I think membership would like to but we have to remember afl-cio management sold out with obummercare. The Longshoremen/Warehousemen drop them in a heart beat. Sadly the members are thrown under the bus and management still receives a check with bonuses. I'm pro union but at this time it's only Longshoremen/Warehousemen. Oh and Machinist.

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Submitted by metamars on

I think membership would like to but we have to remember afl-cio management sold out with obummercare.

I seriously thought about sending Trumka a pink tutu when the union healthcare stuff went down.

While I certainly don't have great faith in either Trumka or the labor unions, it's "Hail Mary" time. If Trumka is ever going to redeem himself, now would be the time for it.

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Submitted by Alice X on

It would be weeks if not months in the planning. But I seriously doubt that anyone except the hard core know what the Corporate Coup Plotters are up to.

Occupy called for a general strike on May Day 2012, I am not clear how that went. It probably didn't do much. The previous general strike was 1946. Before Taft Hartley which probably could be used against any union action.

They always turn the language on its head. Pro trade versus anti-trade Ds etc.

What hooey.

If the House version of TPA passes the pro-trade Ds can also be the pro-slavery Ds.

In my estimation ISDS is the biggest outrage of a logjam of outrages.

I sent out my first email on it in Sept 2012.

btw - Public Citizen has a good resource:

https://www.citizen.org/documents/NAFTA-at-20.pdf

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Submitted by metamars on

Well, do you have any "Hail, Mary' suggestions of your own?

Also, when you say

It would be weeks if not months in the planning.

, I assume you mean an action that had the blessing of a consensus of labor leaders, plus some votes by membership.

There's not enough time for that. I'm thinking more along the lines of Trumka making a youtube video explaining the need for the "Hail, Mary", nationwide action not just to walk off their jobs, but to print out flyers by the hundreds and thousands and to pass them out, and post them. Of course, they should also hit up small business people insert flyers into shopping bags, as well as instruct cashiers to talk up the issue. I mean the Mom and Pop stores and restaurants, that won't have corporate rules saying that you can do no such thing.

He would make the appeal on the video, then use all of his contacts to make if go viral, ASAP.

He would also lead by example. Indeed, he should have somebody make videos of him throughout the day, and post them on youtube in "real time" (i.e., throughout the day). For that matter, why not livestream Trumka as he sets the example?

He should also apologize, on behalf of himself, as well as the unions that he represents, for having done such a lousy job (along with the rest of the "activists") in educating the public about the TPP treason that is in the works.

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Submitted by metamars on

(ran out of time while editing the previous comment; here's the updated version)

Well, do you have any "Hail, Mary' suggestions of your own?

Also, when you say

It would be weeks if not months in the planning.

I assume you mean an action that had the blessing of a consensus of labor leaders, plus some votes by membership.

There's not enough time for that. I'm thinking more along the lines of Trumka making a youtube video explaining the need for the "Hail, Mary", nationwide action not just to walk off their jobs, but to individually print out flyers by the hundreds and thousands and to pass them out, and post them. Of course, they should also hit up small business people to insert flyers into shopping bags, as well as instruct cashiers to talk up the issue. I mean the Mom and Pop stores and restaurants, that won't have corporate rules saying that you can do no such thing.

He would make the appeal on the video, then use all of his contacts to make if go viral, ASAP.

He would also lead by example. Indeed, he should have somebody make videos of him throughout the day, and post them on youtube in "real time" (i.e., throughout the day). For that matter, why not livestream Trumka as he sets the example?

He should also apologize, on behalf of himself, as well as the unions that he represents, for having done such a lousy job (along with the rest of the "activists") in educating the public about the TPP treason that is in the works.

Of course, the same thing should happen on Tuesday, and beyond. I'm just sketching out the type and magnitude of what we need. We need these actions, and we need strong leadership.

I'm doubtful that Trumka will sufficiently alter his "pink tutu" style of leadership (though there's been some encouraging signs of increased aggression from the unions, lately, wrt TPP and Democrat "free traitors"), but he's going to have to live with himself, if he's even smart enough to have figures out the consequences.

Speaking of which, why haven't the unions been smart enough to promise to go after Republican "free traitors", also? I'm not suggesting expensive ad campaigns, necessarily, but rather using their membership for the face-to-face sort/public space means of education that I sketched out above, and targeting Republicans during primaries (not generally endorsing any Republican challengers).

The union electoral threats are generally weak, and limited to Democrats, along the lines of "we'll stay home".

Submitted by lambert on

Assuming that passage succeeds (correct me if I'm wrong) the steps would be:

1) Fast Track approval

2) Deal signing

3) TPP revealed (the 60 day thing)

4) Senate (?) vote

5) Process of "harmonizing" regulations etc.

6) Rinse repeat 2-5 for TTiP, TISA, etc.

No doubt court challenges will start to be factored in starting at #5.

I don't regard any part of this process as being legitimate. And I view this as an attempt by a small class of post- and transnational 0.01% to set up a system to run the world. Which they have already fucked up on a colossal scale. I expect the perception of illegitimacy and the perception of fuckups to increase first slowly and then rapidly. So do not be discouraged that nobody knows. We are just at the beginning of the process.

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Submitted by metamars on

if you add:

"0) Wikileaks leaks"

then we are hardly at the beginning of the process. I've listened in to interoccupy conference calls, and one thing that struck me, right from the beginning (besides the lack of serious public education conceptualization and goal-setting, of which I've written in the past) is that the predominant topics of discussion were along the lines of "This is what TPP means for X". (Of late, there's been more focus on Congressional machinations, as the "sausage" gets made.)

That was OK for the first session, when Ralph Nader gave an excellent summary. However, I kept wondering why education of the activists was the main concern, when I would have assumed that as a given (and easy to rectify for those new to the issue).

From my POV, there was a fantastic opportunity cost by not attacking (and even thinking) of the problem correctly.

BTW, I did get a somewhat encouraging email from Mackenzie McDonald Wilkins of PopularResistance.org who told me that they've been trying to get "labor, big greens, and big progressives involved in such a mobilization for a long time now".

Even there, though, I have to be somewhat skeptical knowing about how many of the "big" organizations are in, what FDL calls, the "veal pen". My Trumka appeal is a "Hail Mary" idea. In point of fact, I argued years ago that when leadership of any organization is corrupt, timid, clueless, what have you, then activists need to go around them, and directly try to enlist the more dynamic and sympathetic portion of their base. Somewhat related, see my diary Why are there no MLK's of Labor? Elsewhere, I've wondered/argued for "underground" type of websites, so that people uns-satisfied with their current organizations (such as unions) would have a "place to go" (in cyberspace) and mutually plant the seeds of reform and/or organizational secession.

The DemocraticUnderground.com website has some element of such a "holy subversion" (to make up a totally new phrase, AFAIK), but being too against a Democrat can get you banned. (as I was, due to my writings about Obama).