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you live in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Heights, Brownsville, Canarsie, East New York and Ocean Hill, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Canarsie, East Flatbush, Howard Beach, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Ozone Park or Coney Island? Want to get involved in fighting against TPP and for trade justice – then get involved in Jeffries Constituents for TradeJustice! Find out how you can get involved and share your ideas at Jeffries Constituents for TradeJustice’s weekly meeting.
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- Find out about upcoming TradeJustice events and activities!
- Be part of our planning discussions and help make decisions that will shape our organizing efforts!
Have an item you’d like to see on the agenda or suggested changes to the proposed agenda below? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
7/23/13 Proposed Agenda
1. National TPP Conference Call
2. Flush the TPP Call
3. Crowley/Meeks Group Call
4. Reclaim the Commons Free University-NYC
5. Drink Beer in Solidarity with Colombian Peasants
6. Causes.com Call
7. Town Hall Planning Group
8. S17 Meeting
9. Clarke Constituents for TradeJustice Meeting
10. Manhasset Teach-in
11. September Labor Event
1. Occupy National Gathering
2. Proposal for Training Day w/ Alisa Simmons & Campaign Planning Meeting
3. Legislator Research Packets
4. Chapter Names
5. Neighborhood Leaders
6. Forums, Panels, Town Halls, etc.
- Discussion on Events with Elected Officials (Citywide? Borough wide? District wide?)
- Brooklyn Event (October?)
- High Profile Late Fall Event (w/ Nation, Harpers, American Prospect, In These Times, Democracy Now, etc.)
Date: Monday, July 22nd
Location: Martin Luther King Labor Center SEIU Local 1199 310 W. 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 between 8th and 9th Avenues
Directions: A, C, E, N, R, Q, 1, 2, or 3 to 42nd Street, 7 or Times Square Shuttle to Times Square, or B, D, F, or M to 42nd Street (longest walk)
At the last S17 planning meeting, we decided that TPP will be one of the primary focuses of Occupy Wall Street’s 2nd anniversary actions! Now TradeJustice organizers need to get involved to make this the most powerful action action against TPP EVER!!! This is our moment to break through the media silence and let the world know about Obama’s backroom deal for the 1%!! Come and join the planning! Bring your ideas for action to the S17 Planning Assembly. Also check out the twitter page: http://twitter.com/OccupyS17, email list: http://lists.occupy.net/lists,/info/s17-2013, and website: http://s17ows.org/.
Conference Dial-in Number: (559) 546-1000
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Brooklynites – do you live in Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush,Flatbush, Kensington, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens? Then you’re probably live in New York’s 9th Congressional District (NY-9) and are a constituent of Representative Yvette Clarke. Clark Constituents for TradeJustice is TradeJustice’s New York working to warn constituents of NY-9 about TPP and to urge Representative Clarke to be a vocal opponent of this terrible trade deal. Join Clark Constituents for Trade Justice for their next meeting to help plan their upcoming activities and find out how you can get involved. For additional info, contact Ieva Zadina (718) 369-4942 or email email@example.com.
This is a very low key beer fundraising event for the Colombia peasants, who are struggling and fighting the neoliberal effects caused by the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
DATE: Saturday, July 20th, 2013
TIME: -4-5PM (part of Reclaim the Commons Free University, which begins at 1PM and ends with a potluck dinner beginning at 5PM)
LOCATION: Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn. Myrtle Ave., De Kalb Ave. bet. Washington Park and St. Edward’s St. Use entrance at Dekalb and S Portland.
DIRECTIONS: Take the B, Q, or R trains to Dekalb Avenue. Walk south on Flatbush Avenue Extension until Dekalb Avenue and then make a left onto Dekalb. Make a left on South Portland Avenue into the park.
ADDITIONAL INFO: (pre-event only) Phone (718) 218-4523 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE TALK
“Behind closed doors, US trade negotiators and representatives of the governments of 11 other countries are negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an international agreement that will erode the commons in the interest of corporate profits.
- enclose the digital commons with expanded and limit the free sharing of information on the internet
- expand corporate patent rights on pharmaceuticals – preventing drugs from entering the public domain and being sold in the form of affordable generics
- allow corporate banks to challenge the existence of public banks with rules restricting state owned enterprises
- eliminate regulations that protect the land, air, and water we share from corporate polluters.
According to International Commons Conference organizer and Commonsblog.de blogger, Silke Helfrich:
“”The Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty and its kin are a strategic and powerful enclosure movement that helps a few appropriating what belongs to many. Negotiations are usually kept secret, probably because the so called Free Trade Agreements promote anything but our freedom? This is the most fundamental reasons why so very diverse groups oppose them. They have been mis-rebaptized as “partnerships”. In fact, they are enclosure agreements.
We need to work together to develop a novel type of alliance among organizations specialized in trade-related issues, environmental and development organisations, Occupiers and digital commoners, social organizations and trade unions, indigenous people and geeks etc, to demand recognition for the thousands of alternatives that can be said to belong to the Commons Sector.
Using the awesome capabilities of new communication technologies to connect & collaborate, we can massively spread a strong message:
There is no need for more global competition, relentless resource extraction, greater market concentration, and more restrictive corporate (intellectual) property rights.
We can do better. We can put forward, promote and protect the Commons, a paradigm that consists of a huge variety of practical alternatives to free-trade principles.
If we look at the spirit of those agreements for the last 20 years, as embodied in the World Trade Organization, it remained the same. Beginning with NAFTA in 1994, all multilateral trade agreements have undermined and destroyed our commons in countless areas — seeds and farmland, human rights and democracy, nature conservation and culture, health (medicines) and public services. Let us build an international, light-weight, efficient communication network to convey a simple but powerful message from below.”"
Join representatives of OWS TradeJustice to discuss how we can defend the commons and stop TPP!
ABOUT RECLAIM THE COMMONS FREE UNIVERSITY
On July 20, 2013, as part of our summer series, Free University-NYC welcomes one and all to learn and share how to “Reclaim the Commons.” The future of our diverse communities’ struggles are inextricably linked, as is our need for space to strategize together in person.
We invite you to contribute a workshop / lead a discussion about community justice projects, lessons from past struggles, and ideas for future victories.
Among the classes that will be offered:
How Does Housing Influence Gender Roles?
Food Justice & Food Sovereignty
Holding the NYPD Accountable: Community Organizing and People Power
The History of Crime & Punishment in America
Extreme Energy Extraction v. The Commons
Stop, Drop, and Roll: From Fossil Fuel Divestment to Reinvestment
Teach/learn at The Public School
Overtested and indebted: Critiquing and Imagining Education (Together)
Parks: The Gateway Space
Come join us in the park!
“The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city.” – David Harvey
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde
The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Attack on Democracy
Our Jobs, Health, & Environment at Risk
Panel & Organizing Meeting
TUESDAY, MAY 28th, 6:30 PM to 9 PM
ALL SOULS UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH
1157 Lexington Ave. between 79th and 80th Streets, NYC.
RSVP at http://tradejustice.net/528!
Directions: 6 train to 77th Street. Walk two blocks north. Enter through garden
- Alisa Simmons, National Field Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
- Kenneth Peres, Chief Economist, Communications Workers of America
- Ilana Solomon, Trade Representative, The Sierra Club
- Manuel Perez-Rocha, Associate Fellow at Institute for Policy Studies
After the speakers conclude, we’ll break into groups by Congressional district and plan to organize against TPP in our communities!
What is TPP?
The TPP, a trade agreement the U.S. is negotiating with 11 other nations, will outsource more jobs, prohibit banking regulation, and expand corporate intellectual property rights that curtail Internet freedom and limit access to lifesaving generic drugs. It will also grant foreign corporations the power to sue our government when our laws block their environmentally destructive projects and toxic products.
The TPP is shrouded in secrecy. The Administration intends to complete negotiations by October 2013 with almost no media attention or input from the public and Congress. President Obama has said he’ll ask Congress to grant him Fast Track Authority, which will force Congress to vote on the TPP without the power to change a single word of it.
- All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
- Brooklyn for Peace
- Citizens Trade Campaign
- Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline
- Colombia Studies Group
- Communications Workers of America
- Food and Water Watch, Global Justice for Animals and the Environment
- Green Sanctuary Committee (Community Church of New York)
- Harlem Fightback Against Wars at Home and Abroad
- Institute for Policy Studies
- New York Climate Action Group
- New York Environmental Law and Justice Project
- New York Whale and Dolphin Action League
- NYC Friends of Clearwater, NYH2O/Damascus Citizens
- Occupy the Pipeline
- Occupy Wall Street Trade Justice Working Group
- OWS Environmental Sustainability Working Group
- OWS Special Projects Affinity Group
- Sane Energy Projet
- The Sierra Club, TradeJustice New York Metr
- United for Action
- WBAI’s Eco-logic
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/461695160578829/