Sierra Club, Texas AFLCIO, Texas Fair Trade Coalition, CWA, and Occupy Gather at Trade Rally
This past weekend in Addison, Texas, a north Dallas suburb, more than 300 environmental activists, labor unionists, public health advocates, human rights supporters and members of the Occupy movement joined together to prevent a “NAFTA of the Pacific”. The rally demanded the release of the draft text of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement.
The American people have been denied the right to see the text of the TPP that could weaken environmental rules, increase fracking and exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), lower labor standards and wages, outsource more jobs, increase medicine prices, throw out food safety policies, ban Buy American rules, and allow multinational corporations to challenge and overturn U.S. federal and state laws in private trade tribunals that operate entirely outside of U.S. court system.
A very big “thank you” to the Dallas and Ft. Worth Sierra Clubs for taking time to learn about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and for attending our events. Another shout out to the Lone Star Chapter interns who helped make over 300 calls to Texas Sierrans about the threats TPP could pose to environmental, labor, health, and consumer regulations in the U.S.
Trade is an issue that crosses all political and issue campaign boundaries. Whether you care about clean air, saving American jobs, fair access to medicine, or holding Wall Street accountable, the fight for fair trade is a much-needed unifying battle that can help us build coalitions that can win the change we want to see.
Thanks again for all your support and hard work, and stay tuned for some next steps as we prepare to mobilize solidarity actions during the next round of negotiations in early July in sunny San Diego, California.
In solidarity,Dave Cortez Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter TX BlueGreen Apollo Alliance Ilana Solomon
Gala, Rally and March Videos:
The Yes Men honor US Trade Rep. Ron Kirk
with the “2012 Corporate Power Tool” award:
Ilana Solomon, Sierra Club
Becky Moeller, Texas AFLCIO
Brent Taylor, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Claude Cummings, Jr. and Nancy Hall, Communication Workers of America
Sanya Reid Smith, Third World Network
Judy Lerma, National Nurses United
Parks Stearns, Occupy Dallas
Lori Wallach, Public Citizen/Global Trade Watch
Arthur Stamoulis, Citizens Trade Campaign
Thanks to all our rally sponsors who worked so hard to make this a successful event: Austin Central Labor Council, Citizens Trade Campaign, Code Pink, Communications Workers of America District 6 and Local 6215, Dallas AFL-CIO Council, Dallas Peace Center, Friends of the Earth, International Association of Machinists, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and IBEW Local 20, Elevator Constructors Local 21 International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Local 745, MoveOn.org Dallas, National Family Farm Coalition, National Nurses United -Texas, North Texas Jobs with Justice, Occupy Austin, Occupy Dallas, Occupy Texas, OPEIU, Public Citizen, Lone Star and National Sierra Club, Texas AFL-CIO, Texas Campaign for the Environment, Texas State Building Trades Council, United Steelworkers, United Auto Workers, United Students Against Sweatshops, Welcoming Immigrants Network and many others.
Texas BlueGreen Apollo Alliance
David.Cortez (at) SierraClub.org
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