Agitate, Educate, and Organize ~OO~
Right now, a priority challenge is Fast Track legislation.
The president is doing everything he can to make Congress
give him legislation that would allow him to sign secret deals
like the Trans-Pacific Partnership into law before Congress
sees the full agreement. The president and his staff are making
personal calls to members of Congress and are making promises
in exchange for votes. The Chamber of Commerce is getting
ready to launch a $160 million campaign to make people
believe that fast track is a good thing.
Fast track would allow presidents to sign secret agreements into law
for the next seven years. Agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership
(TPP), the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP or TAFTA)
and Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) are already under negotiation.
While most of the contents of these agreements
are secret, we have seen leaked portions of them.
We know that they will fundamentally alter governance
so that we no longer have the right or the ability to protect
our communities from exploitation by large corporations
that write laws to enhance their profits at our expense.
We can win this. In fact, the President wanted fast track by the end of March but it has already been delayed until April. The more politically toxic we make fast track, the longer the delay. If the bill is introduced, we will need to escalate our tactics quickly.
We are experiencing corporate rule
first hand in the We Are Cove Point
campaign to stop Dominion from building
a fracked gas refinery and export terminal
in a neighborhood. Dominion has bought
political influence in the local county and
has the local SWAT team literally working
for them. Many members of our team were recently sentenced to 20 days suspended sentence, a fine and 3 years of probation for trespass in a very repressive court.
But we won’t stop. We can’t stop. The stakes are too high.
Popular Resistance and other movements of Resistance
are deeply committed to human rights and protection
of the planet. We will do all that we can nonviolently
to bring justice and build a stronger movement of movements.
You are the Popular Resistance community. Many of you are actively fighting
in your communities and we hope to serve you by raising up your struggles.
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