Rally For Fair Trade, Against Fast Track

By Paul Garver

 TPP.jpg

DSA members in the Washington, DC area are joining a massive rally for fair trade called by the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the numerous other national organizations that comprise the Citizens Trade Campaign, including DSA.  The rally is taking place on Wednesday May 7 at 1:30 PM at the Upper Senate Park on Constitution Ave.

Freshly back from his Asia trip, President Obama has renewed his desperate push for Trade Promotion Authority legislation that would allow his administration to submit the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade and investment treaties to Congress under a “fast track” process that would prohibit amendments and limit debate.   Since the TPP has been negotiated secretly with only 600 corporate lobbyists having full access, only the two sections dealing with the environment and with intellectual property, revealed through Wikileaks, are publicly available.  However, these are sufficient to demonstrate that the remaining draft provisions of the TPP are similar to the failed NAFTA model that privileged corporate rights over environmental and labor standards, and led to massive job losses and allowed large-scale environmental pollution.  Every major environmental, labor and open Internet access group has come out in opposition to Fast Track and to the TPP.  As the photo above indicates, over three million persons have signed an international petition against the TPP.

CWA President Larry Cohen, who has addressed Congressional committees on behalf of the entire coalition, reminds us that” “Trade agreements are not only about tariffs and quotas.  They are about the food we eat and the air we breathe, the jobs we hold. U.S. negotiators continue to lump together foreign policy and economic issues. That policy has a devastating effect on working families and communities. We cannot let foreign policy objectives trump domestic concerns and in the process unravel our own democracy.”

Even though corporate lobbyists led by the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable have made passage of fast track and the TPP a top legislative priority, and expect support from both neoliberal Democratic and most Republican legislators, public opinion polls indicate that the majority of citizens reject “free trade” agreements that allow multinational corporations to circumvent domestic legislation and democratic rights.   Both Republican and Democratic legislators will have to weigh whether in this case their usual catering to the concerns of wealthy corporations will risk their own reelections.

For a fuller analysis posted earlier on this blog, see

http://www.dsausa.org/why_obama_and_big_business_want_fast_track_trade_legislation

Paul_2).jpg

 

 

Paul Garver is a retired international union organizer, co-editor of the Talking Union blog, and member of DSA's National Political Committee.

 

 

Individually signed posts do not necessarily reflect the views of DSA as an organization or its leadership. Democratic Left blog post submission guidelines can be found here.

 

 

 

 

DSA Immigration Rights Rapid Response: #AbolishICE

June 21, 2018

Thursday, June 21st at 8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT/6:30pm MT/5:30pm PT

Sign up here for a link to the call RSVP.

The Trump administration’s policy of separating families seeking asylum is only the latest in a escalation of anti-immigrant policies. We need to #AbolishICE now. Join us for an emergency call with the national DSA Immigrant Rights committee and our allies to discuss our strategy.

If you cannot make this call, please sign up here for a call recording and more organizing resources.

New Member Call, June 24

June 24, 2018

9pm ET/8 CT/7 MT/6 PT

Click to RSVP

You've joined DSA - Great! Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision. And, most importantly, how you can become involved.

Questions or Comments? Contact: 

Sam M


Click to RSVP

**Note: this page originally had the wrong date listed. The Correct date is Sunday the 24th**

M4A Chapter Activist Training Call: How to Pass a Medicare for All City Council Resolution

June 30, 2018

Saturday June 30th at 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PST

Click Here to RSVP

In March, Philadelphia DSA members showed up in droves with healthcare workers, community members, and elected leaders to pass a Philadelphia city-wide resolution supporting the Medicare for All Act of 2017 and affirming universal access to healthcare as a human right. This victory showed that in a city where the poverty rate is over 26%, city council leaders learned where to stand when it comes to universal healthcare. To move a national campaign to win Medicare for All, we need to build support from a broad range of cities and municipalities across the country. With some research, planning, and lobbying, you could work with city council members to pass a resolution of support in your city too!

Click Here to RSVP