6 Million Member Sanders Campaign Legacy Group Our Revolution Joins Almost 90 Other Organizations in National Day of Action
As President Obama Urges Corporate Chiefs at Export Council to Do More to Pass Beleaguered TPP, More than 13 Million People to Be Engaged to Call on Congress to Oppose Lame Duck TPP Push
Washington, DC – Approximately 90 organizations are participating in a National Call-In Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) today, September 14th. These organizations, listed below, will remind their combined millions of supporters why TPP is a bad deal for America and will encourage supporters to tell their congressional representatives to oppose the TPP in a post-election lame duck session of Congress.
As part of the national day of action, more than 13 million people will be engaged through a range of online and offline channels, with calls expected in every congressional district in the country. The efforts will both encourage Americans to call their local Member of Congress, while also directing extra attention at the 28 House Democratic Members who vote to “fast track” authority for the TPP.
“The sheer volume of people participating in these grassroots efforts shows how toxic TPP is across the country. This is not just about stopping a bad trade deal like the TPP – it’s about completely rewriting the rules on trade policy to make sure they benefit working people,” stated Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President.
Among the key activities as part of this national day of action include:
- On social media platforms, an anti-TPP ThunderClap Action will reach more than 1.6 million people via Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr on Wednesday morning 9/14
- Our Revolution, the post-primary movement of Sen. Bernie Sanders, has sent out an email alert for the call-in day to their list of about 6 million individuals on Monday. The organization, which plans to re-send the email on Wednesday, is asking recipients to sign a congressional petition against TPP and are setting as a public goal the aim to “place at least 50,000 calls to members of Congress and their offices on Wednesday.”
- Communications Workers of America (CWA) activists are engaged in multiple actions to reinforce opposition to the TPP. CWA members nationwide are calling their Members of Congress, pressing them to oppose the TPP in a lame duck push. Activists are making sure that this message: “Don’t Let Politicians Betray American Workers” especially is heard by candidates in critical battleground Senate contests, like Indiana’s Republican Senate nominee and current Rep. Todd Young and other races. CWA activists also are joining allies in on-the-ground actions. In South Florida, for example, protests at the district offices of pro-fast track voters Senator Marco Rubio and Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart and Debbie Wasserman Schultz will include CWA and other South Florida unions, Citizens Trade Campaign and community activists, members of the Labor Council of Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), and NOVA Southeastern Law Professor Tim Canova. Along with AFSCME, CWA is engaged in a phone program in targeted districts, encouraging constituents to call their Members of Congress and urge them to reject the TPP once and for all.
- The AFL-CIO is engaging its 12.5 million members through its State Federations and Central Labor Councils. It is rallying more than 100,000 action takers around the call-in day, including more than 15,000 people who signed a petition opposing a lame duck vote in the last two days. The federation will also engage all its social media properties throughout the day.
- The Sierra Club, the nation’s largest environmental group with 2.4 million members and supporters, is making the environmental case against the TPP in Congress. Hundreds of thousands of supporters will be asked to participate in tomorrow’s call in day, building on the more than 100,000 calls and messages Sierra Club members and supporters have already sent to Congress this year.
Quotes from Participating Organizations:
“We are concerned that passage of the TPP will greatly compromise our public health and food safety. For example, we know that just over 1 percent of imported fish and seafood shipments is properly inspected and has resulted in seafood being sold in U.S. supermarkets with unsafe chemicals and additives, some of which are illegal in our country. That is why the Center for Food Safety sent out alerts to our 800,00 members urging them to participate in today’s call-in action and tell their member of Congress to vote no on the TPP.” -Debbie Barker, international director, Center for Food Safety
“It’s unfortunate that we are not able to focus exclusively at this time on defeating Donald Trump and electing a Democratic Senate and House in less than two months. Instead, President Obama is forcing the entire progressive community to use our resources in this critical election season to try and defeat the corporate drafted, jobs destroying TPP. His insistence on having a lame duck Congressional vote on the TPP only means fewer resources and members engaged in winning the elections. He is the one responsible for choosing the timing of this distracting fight.” – Shane Larson, legislative director, Communications Workers of America (CWA)
“The Obama administration is hoping to jam this corporate giveaway through Congress during the lame duck session when elected officials are less accountable to voters. Today, throughout the fall, and beyond, we’ll make it crystal clear to Congress that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is unacceptable – and that any politician who supports it will be held accountable. We will continue to build on the activism of over 4.2 million CREDO members who have already made over 50,000 calls to Congress to speak out against the TPP.” –Murshed Zaheed, political director, CREDO
“Demand Progress joined this national call-in day of action because the TPP would be a disastrous corporate giveaway that would undermine Internet freedom, make it easier for corporations to ship jobs overseas, and give big banks unprecedented new rights to challenge U.S. laws in front of an unaccountable tribunal of three corporate lawyers. The TPP was negotiated in secret, so it’s even more outrageous that the Obama administration is attempting to shut the public out again by pushing it through Congress after Election Day when lawmakers are least accountable to the American people.” –Kate Kizer, campaigner, Demand Progress
“While the president is cloistered with corporate chieftains planning how to use a lame duck session to try to pass a TPP only they love, Congress’ phones are ringing off the hook with anti-TPP calls as millions of members of unions and consumer, environmental, on-line activism, and other groups unite for an day of action aimed at ensuring Representatives stand with their constituents not the corporate lobby.” -Lori Wallach, director, Public Citizen
“The TPP undermines our democracy. It was not written by or for people, but by and for powerful corporate interests. MoveOn members are proud to join with a broad coalition of environmental, consumer, labor, and grassroots progressive groups to call members of Congress urging them to reject the TPP. MoveOn members have been organizing against the TPP since 2012 and will continue to fight through the lame duck session and beyond.” –Emma Einhorn, Washington coordinator, MoveOn.org