125+ Activists Rally vs. Fast Track @ Rep. Crowley’s Queens Office

For Immediate Release: Contact: Adam Weissman – adam@tradejustice.net, 718.218.4523

February 4, 2014 Seth Gladstone – sgladstone@fwwatch.org, 917.363.6615

 

News Release

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON, CROWLEY?”

Singing Grandmas; Puppeteers; Performance Artists; Veterans; Union Members; Environmental, Food Safety, & AIDS Activists; Neighborhood Business Owners and Residents Call on Rep. Crowley to Break Silence, Oppose Fast Tracking Dangerous Secret Trade Deal at Jackson Heights Rally

Jobs, Environment, and Access to Affordable Medicines at Stake, Say Activists

Photos, Videos Available at http://tradejustice.net/cro131final

 

Queens, NY – At a rally on Friday, at Rep. Joe Crowley’s Queens district office, more than 125 protesters called on the Queens and Bronx Congressman to announce opposition to Fast Tracking the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12 nation NAFTA-style free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the governments of 12 nations. TPP faces fierce opposition from labor unions; faith groups; and environmental, anti-poverty, AIDS, internet freedom, banking reform, animal rights, economic justice, and food safety advocates. The rally, co-sponsored by more than 60 organizations, was one of over 60 protests Friday marking the 20th anniversary of NAFTA and opposing TPP, a trade deal described at “NAFTA on Steroids. ” The Queens protest featured:

 

  • 14 speakouts – by a lay minister, veterans, a local business owner, union members, veterans and activists.

     

    a “Tug O’ Crowley” street theater performance where an actor playing Rep. Crowley, holding a prop of Congress, was pulled in one direction by monster characters representing corporate polluters, banks, and billionaire investors and in the other by workers, environmentalists, people of faith, and other community members.

     

  • a sendup of Crowley’s “Speechless” testimony on the floor of Congress (http://tradejustice.net/speechless).

     

  • Songs about Rep. Crowley and TPP by the NYC Metro Raging Grannies including “Which Side Are You On, Crowley?”

 

Congressman Crowley is one of only two House Democrats in New York State who has not expressed opposition to Fast Tracking TPP, an agreement that public interests groups call, the “the end of democracy.” TPP investment chapter enables foreign corporations to sue the US government for unlimited sums in international tribunals outside the jurisdiction of the US court system when they believe federal, state or local US environmental, consumer protection, and other public interest laws interfere with their potential future profits.  As a result of similar provisions in trade agreements currently in force, Canada is being sued over a ban on hydrofracking in Quebec  Activists also argue that TPP will also outsource jobs to sweatshops, undermine organized labor’s negotiating power, and prohibit “Buy Local” and “Buy American” government purchasing rules designed to create and protect US jobs and stimulate our economy. Activists also fear that TPP will replace family farms with factory farms and genetically modified crops, threaten internet freedom, endanger wildlife, encouraging the privatization of public services, increase imports of contaminated food, prohibit vitally needed banking regulations, and raise the cost of lifesaving medications.


President Obama has requested Fast Track Authority, which would allow his administration to complete negotiations on TPP and then send the agreement to be voted on in Congress within 90 days.  Under Fast Track, floor debate is limited and amendments are prohibited, meaning that our elected officials will be unable to rewrite or remove TPP’s provisions that activists consider harmful.  Fast Track has been introduced in the Senate by Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus, a Democrat, and in the House by Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp, a Republican.  As of yet, the Obama administration has been unable to find a Democratic cosponsor for Fast Track, considered essential to winning the Democratic votes necessary to pass the bill.  As a high ranking member of the House Democratic Caucus and a strong supporter of free trade agreements, Rep. Crowley is a likely candidate to potentially sponsor the bill. Since 2006, Crowley has voted for every trade agreement to come before Congress, despite opposition by human rights, environmental, consumer advocacy, and labor rights advocates.

TPP could spell disaster for communities seeking to protect themselves from public health and environmental dangers like fracking,” said Corinne Rosen, a senior organizer with Food & Water Watch, a consumer protection group. “This monstrous trade deal is a boon for multinational corporations that seek to profit at the expense of American jobs and American health and safety standards.”

“Fast Track is the wrong track for Rep. Crowley’s constituents. Congressman Crowley had the good sense to vote against Fast Track in 2002, but he needs to let us know where he stands now  - with the corporations who want to offshore New York jobs to overseas sweatshops or with the working families of Queens and the Bronx,” said Megan McGee of Crowley Constituents for TradeJustice.

Endorsing organizations of the rally includedTradeJustice New York Metro, 350 NYC, Americans Organized for Change, Backbone Campaign, Bayan USA, Big Apple Coffee Party, Building Bridges: Your Comunity and Labor Report (WBAI FM), Bronx Greens, Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline, Corporate Campaign, Inc., Crowley Constituents for Trade Justice, Dr May Edward Chinn Memorial Food Bank & Clinic, Eco-Logic (WBAI FM), Expose the TPP New York, Expose The TPP – USA, Families for Freedom, Freedom Socialist Party, Flush the TPP, Global Justice for Animals and the Environment, Goosewatch NYC, Granny Peace Brigade, Green Ecosocialist Movement, Fight for the Future, Food and Water Watch, Health Global Access Project, The Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc., Mingas NY, MoveOn Long Island and New York City Councils (Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens), NY Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, NY Environmental Law and Justice Project, NY Faith and Justice, NYC Friends of Clearwater, NYC Metro Raging Grannies and Their Daughters, Occupy Info (#NYCGA Info Working Group), Occupy Sandy Occupy Wall Street Outreach Working Group, Occupy Wall Street Special Projects Affinity Group, Occupy the Pipeline, Occupy Wall Street Trade Justice Working Group, People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall St., Peace Action Manhattan, Peace Action of Staten Island, Penley Global Law, Peruanista, PopularResistance.org, Queerocracy, Radical Women, Resistance Cinema, Sane Energy Project, Socialist Alternative Queens Branch, Staten Island Community Tool Library, Stop Stop and Frisk Freedom Fighters, Student Global AIDS Campaign, Teraza 7, United for Action, United for Peace and Justice, United Students for Fair Trade, Veterans for Peace Chapter 34, Wetlands Activism Collective, West Queens Greens, Win Animal Rights, World War 4 Report, and Youth International Party (Yippies).

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Fri, 1/31: RALLY: Rep. Joe Crowley: Don’t Board the TPP Fast Track!

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RALLY 

Rep. Joe Crowley:

Don’t Board the

TPP Fast Track!

Friday, Jan 31, 10AM-Noon

Congressman Joe Crowley is one of only two Democrats in New York State who has not expressed opposition to Fast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the secretly negotiated 12 nation international free trade and corporate power expansion agreement described as “the end of democracy.”  Under TPP, foreign corporations will be able to sue our government for unlimited sums in international tribunals outside the jurisdiction of our court system when they believe our environmental, consumer protection, and other public interest laws interfere with their potential future profits.  Corporations can demand unlimited sums in compensation for money they MIGHT have made in the absence of our laws.  As a result of similar provisions under other trade agreements, Costa Rica is being sued for $1 billion for not allowing a mining company to destroy the nation’s rainforest, Canada is being sued over a ban on fracking in Quebec, and Peru is being sued for demanding cleanup of a metal smelter site believed to be one of the ten most toxic sites on the planet.  TPP will also outsource jobs to sweatshops, wipe out family farms while expanding factory farm and genetically modified food exports, threaten internet freedom, endanger wildlife, prohibit vitally needed banking regulations, and raise the cost of lifesaving medications


In order to ramrod this terrible deal through Congress, President Obama has requested Fast Track Authority, which would allow his administration to complete negotiations on TPP and then send the agreement to be voted on in Congress within 90 days.  Under Fast Track, flloor debate is limited and amendments are prohibited, meaning that our elected officials will be unable to rewrite or remove TPP’s most destructive provisions.  Fast Track has been introduced in the Senate by Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus, a Democrat, and in the House by Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp, a Republican.  As of yet, the Obama administration has been unable to find a Democratic cosponsor for Fast Track, considered essential to winning the Democratic votes necessary to pass the bill.  As a high ranking member of the House Democratic Caucus and a strong supporter of free trade agreements, Rep. Crowley is a likely candidate to potentially sponsor the bill. Since 2006, Crowley has voted for EVERY trade agreement to come before Congress, despite opposition to these sweetheart deals for the 1% by human rights, environmental, consumer advocacy, and labor rights advocates. Join us to demand that Crowley get on the right track by refusing to sponsor and pledging to vote against Fast Track!

Location: Rep. Crowley’s Queens Office, 82-11 37th Ave between 82th and 83rd Streets, Jackson Heights, Queens – please arrive on time as we will be moving! If you’re late and can’t find us, call Wendy at (347) 881-5635 or Carlos at (646) 416-3440.

Directions: 7 train to 82nd Street-Jackson Heights

Endorsers (list in formation):TradeJustice New York Metro, 350 NYC, Backbone Campaign, Bronx Greens, Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline, Crowley Constituents for Trade Justice, Expose the TPP New York, Expose The TPP – USA, Flush the TPP, Global Justice for Animals and the Environment, Green Ecosocialist Movement, Fight for the Future, Food and Water Watch, Mingas NY, MoveOn Long Island and New York City Councils (Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens), NYC Metro Raging Grannies and Their Daughters, Occupy Wall Street Outreach Working Group, Occupy Wall Street Special Projects Affinity Group, Occupy the Pipeline, Occupy Wall Street Trade Justice Working Group, People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall St., Peruanista, PopularResistance.org, Sane Energy Project, Sierra Club NYC Group,Socialist Alternative Queens Branch,Student Global AIDS Campaign, United for Action, Wetlands Activism Collective, Veterans for Peace NYC Chapter 34, Win Animal Rights, West Queens Greens, World War 4 Report, and Youth International Party (Yippies).

Organizations: to endorse the march & rally, visit the endorsement form at http://tradejustice.net/cro131form.

Additional Info: Phone: (718) 218-4523 Email: info@tradejustice.netWeb: http://tradejustice.net/tpp

Demostración
El representante Joe Crowley :
No Suba al TPP vía rápida!
Viernes, 31 de enero , de 10 am a mediodía

El congresista Joe Crowley es uno de los únicos dos demócratas en el estado de Nueva York que no ha expresado su oposición a la vía de aprobación rápida en el congreso del Trans-Pacific Partnership o Alianza Trans Pacífica, tampoco se ha opuesto a la negociación secreta del libre comercio internacional entre 12 naciones, Ni al acuerdo que expenderá el poder corporativo, que se describe como “el fin de la democracia.

” Bajo TPP , las empresas extranjeras podrán demandar a nuestro gobierno por sumas ilimitadas en tribunales internacionales fuera de la jurisdicción de nuestro sistema judicial cuando creen que nuestras leyes de protección al consumidor y otra de interés público ambientales interfieren con sus potenciales beneficios.

Las corporaciones pueden demandar sumas ilimitadas en compensación por el dinero que podría haber hecho en ausencia de nuestras leyes de protección. Como resultado de disposiciones similares en virtud de otros acuerdos comerciales:

Costa Rica está siendo demandado por $ 1 mil millones por no permitir que una compañía minera destruya la selva tropical de la nación; Canadá está siendo demandada por la prohibición de la fractura hidráulica en Quebec; el Perú está siendo demandado por exigir limpieza de un sitio de fundición de metal, se cree que es uno de los diez sitios más tóxicos en el planeta . TPP también subcontratará trabajos de talleres clandestinos , acabará con la agricultura familiar, mientras promueve la ampliación de granjas industrializadas y las exportaciones de alimentos modificados genéticamente; TPP atenta contra la libertad de internet, pone en peligro la vida silvestre, prohíbe vitales regulaciones bancarias, y eleva el costo de los medicamentos que salvan vidas

Con el fin de acelerar este pésimo negocio en el Congreso, el presidente Obama ha solicitado La aprobación acelerada o, en ingles, Fast track, lo que permitiría a la administración Obama, completar las negociaciones sobre el TPP y luego enviar el acuerdo objeto de la votación en el Congreso dentro de los 90 días.

Bajo el “Fast Track” , el debate congresional se vera limitado y estarán prohibidas las enmiendas, lo que significa que nuestros funcionarios electos no podrán volver a escribir o eliminar disposiciones más destructivas del TPP

Fast Track ha sido introducida en el Senado por el Presidente del Comité de Finanzas Max Baucus , un demócrata, y en la Casa de Medios y Arbitrios de presidente de la Comisión de Dave Camp, un republicano. Hasta el momento, el gobierno de Obama ha sido incapaz de encontrar un copatrocinador demócrata a Fast Track , considerado esencial para ganar los votos demócratas necesarios para aprobar la ley. Como un miembro de alto rango de los Demócratas y un firme defensor de los acuerdos de libre comercio , el congresista Crowley es un candidato probable para patrocinar potencialmente el proyecto de ley . Desde 2006 , Crowley ha votado a favor de todos los acuerdos de comercio para llegar al Congreso , a pesar de que dichos acuerdos solo benefician al 1% de población y a pesar de la oposición de defensores de derechos humanos, de defensores del medio ambiente , de defensores de los consumidores y los defensores de los derechos laborales .

Únase a nosotros para exigir que Crowley asuma el camino correcto negándose a patrocinar el FAS TRACK y mas aun a votar en contra del Fast Track !


Ubicación : Queens oficina del congresista Crowley, 82-11 37th Ave entre 82th y 83ro calles , Jackson Heights , Queens – por favor llegue a tiempo, puesto que se va moviendo ! Si llegas tarde y no nos puede encontrar , llame a Wendy al (347) 881-5635 o Carlos al ( 646) 416 a 3440 .

Instrucciones: 7 tren hasta la calle 82 -Jackson Heights


Endorsers (list in formation): TradeJustice New York Metro, 350 NYC, Backbone Campaign, Bronx Greens, Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline, Crowley Constituents for Trade Justice, Expose the TPP New York, Expose The TPP – USA, Flush the TPP, Global Justice for Animals and the Environment, Green Ecosocialist Movement, Fight for the Future, Food and Water Watch, Mingas NY, MoveOn Long Island and New York City Councils (Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens), NYC Metro Raging Grannies and Their Daughters, Occupy Wall Street Outreach Working Group, Occupy Wall Street Special Projects Affinity Group, Occupy the Pipeline, Occupy Wall Street Trade Justice Working Group, People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall St., Peruanista, PopularResistance.org, Sane Energy Project, Sierra Club NYC Group,Socialist Alternative Queens Branch,Student Global AIDS Campaign, United for Action, Wetlands Activism Collective, Veterans for Peace NYC Chapter 34, Win Animal Rights, West Queens Greens, World War 4 Report, and Youth International Party (Yippies).

Organizations: to endorse the march & rally, visit the endorsement form at http://tradejustice.net/cro131form.

Additional Info: Phone: (718) 218-4523 Email: info@tradejustice.net Web: http://tradejustice.net/tpp

Sept 17: TPP-Focused Events on Occupy Wall Street’s Second Anniversary

 

8:30AM-10AM:  Financial District March: No Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)! No Fast Track!

11AM-12: Noon March from Zuccotti Park to Washington Square (gather in Zuccotti @ 10)

NOON: Rally @ Washington Square – No to TPP! Money Out of Politics! Global Solidarity! 

2 PM: Money Warz TPP Street Theater in Times Square and Midtown Offices Protest March ( Fox News, Pfizer, Phillip Morris and more!)

Jeffries Constituents for TradeJustice Meeting (conference call)

Conference Call: Dial (513) 386-0000 and enter the access code 884576# when prompted.

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.

Tues, 7/23 @ 7PM: TradeJustice Weekly Conference Call

Join TradeJustice for our weekly conference call!

Conference Dial-in Number: (559) 546-1000
 Participant Access Code: 616911#

- Get the latest updates on our organizing efforts around the city!

- 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 adam@tradejustice.net.

7/23/13 Proposed Agenda

 

Reportbacks

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

 

Discussion Items

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.)

Mon, 7/22: S17 Planning Assembly (2 Year Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street)

Date: Monday, July 22nd

Time: 6:30PM-9PM

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/.

Mon, 7/22, 8PM: Clark Constituents for TradeJustice Meeting (Conference Call)

Conference Dial-in Number: (559) 546-1000

 Participant Access Code: 616911#

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 yclarkeconstituents@tradejustice.net.

Sat, 7/20: Drink beer in $olidarity with the Colombian Peasants!

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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.

Further info http://prensarural.org/spip/spip.php?article11242


WHEN: July 20th, 4:00 EST (don’t worry if is rainy, there is a big tent)
ADDRESS = 3253 71st St, East Elmhurst, NY 11370-1721. Ring the lower buzzer of the 3.
TIME = 4:00 EST.
BEER = $3
ADMISSION = free
CONTACT = Julian 212 475 8806  anti.fta@gmail.com Gabriel 718 507 7280
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A jartar Cerveza este 20 de Julio en $olidaridad por Ascamcat!

Como dice nuestro anunciado Quienes Somos, este verano queremos hacer un gesto de solidaridad con la Asociación Campesina del Catatumbo (Ascamcat).

Nosotros desde la diáspora, a veces nos sentimos impotentes y frustrados por añoooooooos al ver y no poder hacer nada por nuestra gente en Colombia, víctimas del conflicto armado, que es originado por el fracaso del ‘modelo economico’ - ese mesmo que no se negocia – como dijo el jefe negociador Plumablanca del gobierno, Humberto de la Calle Lombana.

Esta vez el MPC, en vez de compadecer a nuestros campesinos, queremos ayudarlo$ directamente desde New York. Pero el tiempo apremia y no tenemos tiempo donde buscar un galpón, como billete para organizar un evento de gran envergadura, para recoger fondos para Ascamcat.  Entonces queremos invitarlos a la Mansión del Señor Dotor Don Gabriel Chaves, pa que se tomen unas s de wena calidad, naa mas que Brooklyn Summer Ale y por la pichurria de $3 pingos dólares cada una!!!!

Si sumerge puede pagar $4 o mas, no creo que los campesinos de Ascamcat se emputen.  Ademas no les estamos cobrando la entraa y todavía para facilitarles mas las vainas, no vamos a pedirles ID.

Recuerden que cualquier bar en New York les están cobrando mas de $5 por pola mas propina y cuando sumerce esta torcido, paga las que sea sin chistar!!! y peor aun, hasta le da por invitar a too el mundo tirandoselas de vacan de vereda!.  Así que mientras sumerce mas jarte pola, mas mejor pa los campesinos.  Eso si, le pedimos el favor ese dia que deje la peinilla en su rancho. 

No les prometemos: estamos trabajando y coordinando también, para tratar de tener esa tarde a un líder campesino del Catatumbo, para que haga una intervención en vivo y en directo en Eskaipi con nosotros y nos actualice sobre su situa.

Si les prometemos: nuestro compañero y viejo militante de luchas, el hijuepuerca Javier Guzman, quien se comprometió a traer Buffalo Wins dieteticas y GRATIS! pa que se las traguen con pola.  El dice tener una receta ‘secreta’ y afrosiaca, que son las mejores de USA y que los veremos comiendose hasta los guesos.

Si les interesa: como esto es improvisado y no podemos ofrecerles mas por verdaderas razones de austeridad (acuerdensen que no estamos cobrando entrada), el Señor Dotor Don Gabriel dice tener un asador, por si sumerce quiere traer su mazorca, filete, chorizo, longaniza, trucha o lo que sea, pa que lo tire a la parrilla.

Lo mas importante: si puede venir, les agradecemos que con un correo o llamada, nos conjirmen, para asi saber que tanto podemos ordenar con antelación y no tener excesos o quedarnos cortos.  Si no pueden venir, reenvíen este correo a sus amigos que + jarten .

Coordenadas = 3253 71st St, East Elmhurst, NY 11370-1721.  Ahi se toparan 3 timbres (el de abajo).
                                      
Hora = 4:00 EST en punto!

Entrada = gratis.

 = $3 Pingos dolaretes!

Bueno toches, esperamos verlos acá y bajen de sus veredas, no sean remilgaos, no se pongan a celebrar como “pa donde va Vincente, para donde va la gente…”, ese ridiculo y falso dia de la ‘Independencia de Colombia’ y mas bien compartamos aqui toos juntos!!!

Preguntas, comentarios, donaciones, chismes, reservas: 718 507 7280gabriel.chaves@gmail.com