Fw: STOP FAST TRACK, once and for all! Your help is needed!
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Subject: STOP FAST TRACK, once and for all! Your help is needed!
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Dear Sisters and Brothers:
Please find below an urgent e-mail update/action alert on Fast Track
that was sent out by Global Exchange. Please join us in this effort
to stop Fast Track, once and for all. In this update you will find
out what you can do this coming week to help out.
Please spread this e-mail far and wide to your own friends, coworkers
and email lists so that Global Exchange, which will be organizing
phonebanking on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week [see
details below] can fill their phones.
If you have any further questions on how you can help, please contact
Leila Salazar at Global Exchange at 415-575-5536.
Ed Rosario and Alan Benjamin,
OWC Continuations Committee
In this update you will find:
1. Update on Fastrack
2. What can you do to stop Fast Track?/VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK!
3. Why stop Fast Track?/Background Info
4. ACTION ALERT: NATIONAL ALL CALL WEEK AGAINST FAST TRACK: JULY 16 -19
For the last 7 months, we have been updating you on the struggle to
STOP Fast Track Trade Negotiating Authority. In December, the first
Fast Track bill went through Congress and we lost by one single vote.
In May, the second bill went through the Senate and passed as well.
The Fast Track bill is still being debated in Congress, in a
conference committee where House and Senate representatives are
trying to mesh the two forms of the bill Together. It is possible
that the bill will come out of committee and onto the House floor for
a vote before the August recess, which begins on July 26th.
So, the fight to STOP FAST TRACK is not over, and we need your help to stop it!
Thank you so much for your continued support. Please pass along this
e-mail to your family and friends all across the country. Together we
will STOP FAST TRACK once and for all!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1. CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE There is a toll free number for you to
express your opinions to your elected representatives. All you have
to do is call 1-877-611-0063 and you will be connected to the Capitol
SwitchBoard. You may ask for your representative by name. You can
leave a message with the voicemail if there is no person to answer
the phone. You can also call your Representative at their District
When you get your Representative's office, let them know that you
want to convey your OPPOSITION to "Fast Track". Make sure that your
Representative hears that you want them to vote AGAINST Fast Track,
and that you strongly believe the formation of trade policy should be
open, transparent and democratic.
2. VOLUNTEER AT GLOBAL EXCHANGE *If you are in the Bay Area, join
Global Exchange, Public Citizen and the Contra Costa Labor Council in
a phonebank next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (July 16-18) from
6-8 at Global Exchange. We are located at 2017 Mission St, 3rd floor,
at the corner of 16th and Mission streets in San Francisco.
We will be calling Global Exchange members and trade unionists in
districts where members of Congress are wavering about whether or not
they will support Fast Track. We will particularly be focusing on the
districts of Ellen Tauscher and Anna Eshoo. Please call Leila Salazar
at 415-255-7296 to confirm and PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!!!
We will also be leafletting at events, such as farmer's markets, in
Representative Tausher and Eshoo's districts. If you are interested
in volunteering, please contact us!
3. MEET WITH YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS In the short time left, you can
try to meet with them when they return to your district, call the
office to set up an appointment with them or their aides.
4. Send Letters to the Editor about Fast Track.
5. ORGANIZE A TOWN HALL MEETING
WHY STOP FAST TRACK?
Fast Track is a fundamentally undemocratic procedure by which the US
Congress surrenders its ability to craft trade policy. If Fast Track
passes, debate on trade bills will be severely limited, and will
curtain the ability of average citizens, like us, to make our views
known about the so-called Free Trade agreements.
Beating Fast Track is important because it is the first step towards
defeating the planned Free Trade Area of Americas. The Free Trade
Area of America's (FTAA) is a multi-national plan to expand NAFTA
from Canada to Argentina. The plan would allow the Presidents of all
countries included to make trade decisions without the consent of
Not only would the FTAA be detrimental to Americans, it would allow
foreign corporations to sue the United States government if they are
able to provide proof that some regulation of the United States
limited their profits in some way. If the trial would go to court it
would be up to the American taxpayer to foot the bill if the foreign
company won the case.
President Bush is trying to drive "Fast Track" through Congress right
now. On Monday, he was quoted as saying, "Creating more jobs and
strengthening our economy are critical priorities. And Congress can
act to create jobs by giving me trade promotion authority. Expanding
trade means new jobs for American workers. Congress has debated trade
now for more than a year. It's time to stop talking; it's time to
start acting. Congress should act to create American jobs before it
goes home for the August recess."
Unfortunately, President Bush has it all wrong! Fast Track (and the
FTAA) will not create more jobs for Americans. It will send US jobs
abroad, which will hurt the US economy. It will export sweatshops and
low wage jobs to countries like Mexico and China, where the rights of
workers to organize are not respected. In addition, Fast Track is a
blank check for US corporations to disregard environmental
protections in the US, as well as other countries around the world.
We need to urge Congress to uphold democracy, protect our economy,
and our environment by saying NO TO FAST TRACK!
*******ACTION ALERT*ACTION ALERT*ACTION ALERT************
Via Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch
JULY 16 -19 NATIONAL ALL CALL WEEK AGAINST FAST TRACK: NO BLANK CHECK
FOR CORPORATE INTERESTS! AFL-CIO SPONSORED TOLL FREE #: 877-611-0063
Join workers, environmentalists, family farmers and concerned
citizens everywhere in telling the Congress to say NO to Fast Track!
Fast Track is a sneaky manuever that gives corporations and their
government cronies a free ride to go over the heads of the American
people and devise trade agreements in their own best interests.
Under Fast Track, trade agreements (like NAFTA, the WTO and the
proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas/FTAA) are delivered signed
and sealed to Congress AFTER they have been negotiated for an up or
down vote by Congress with no amendments allowed and only 20 hours of
debate. Fast-tracked agreements like NAFTA and the WTO brought us
lost jobs, attacks on local environmental laws, the "race to the
bottom" in labor and environmental standards here and abroad and the
destruction of more than 33,000 family farms.
Bush-appointed U.S. trade negotiators are "advised" by more than 500
multinational corporations. Before its recent blowup, Enron was a key
advisor to U.S. negotiators promoting trade in "services" - including
energy deregulation - at the WTO! Under NAFTA, foreign corporations
have sued for billions of dollars in compensation when public
interest laws, like bans on chemicals or Buy America requirements,
cut into their profit margin. Fast Track is a way to make sure that
the public remains uninformed of these corporate boondoogles. When an
agreement is "Fast-Tracked," the final product of these
corporate-driven negotiations is steamrolled through Congress without
any chance for debate or changes.
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND SAY YOU WANT DEMOCRACY, NOT FAST TRACK!
Call the DC Capitol switchboard and ask to be connected to your Rep:
AFL-CIO Toll Free #: 877-611-0063 OR Capitol direct line: 202-224-3121
CHECK HERE FOR YOUR REGIONAL ALL CALL DAY!
Ø TUESDAY 7/16 - SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST (AL, AR, AZ, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS,
NC, NM, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV)
Ø WEDNESDAY 7/17 - MID-WEST (IA, IN, IL, KS, OH, OK, MI, MN, MO, NE, WI)
Ø THURSDAY 7/18 - WEST COAST AND WESTERN PLAINS (CA, CO, ID, MT, ND,
NV, OR, SD, WA, WY, UT)
Ø FRIDAY 7/19 - EAST COAST (CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)
For more information? Contact any member of the Global Trade Watch
field team at gtwfield@... 202-546-4996.
You can also check the website at www.tradewatch.org