Monthly Archives: June 2015

HOLD REPS ACCOUNTABLE FOR FAST TRACK

Brought to you by Harriet Heywood, Regional Organizer for MoveOn.org:

Hey Florida activists,

Here’s a copy of an email I just sent out to my national list.  Apologies for any redundancy.

I’m going to make this real simple.  Before we set off any fireworks this coming Saturday, we have time to publicly shame those reps who chose the global elite over jobs and the environment when they voted to give President Obama Fast Track for a slew of free trade disasters that we only know about because of WikiLeaks. Let’s be clear, we will not accept any House or Senate member that voted YES on Fast Track for the TPP, and we don’t intend to let them forget.  Ever.

Fast Track makes a mockery of the Constitutional separation of powers, by stripping Congress of its constitutionally mandated role to draft trade laws, along with the 2/3 advice and consent of the senate, and instead, hands it off to President Obama who is negotiating for the 500 corporate advisors, not we the people.

The Constitution is still our most hallowed document, and every member of the House and Senate takes an oath to defend it before they enter public office.  How did your representative defend the Constitution when they had the chance?

Here is the list of YEAS AND NOES in the House:  http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll362.xml

If you have a chance this week, drop in and congratulate the Free Traitors for voting against Democracy and sovereignty.

Senators got plenty of incentive for their Yeas: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/may/27/corporations-paid-us-senators-fast-track-tpp

And the list of the 60 senators who sold us out is here:  http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org/2015/06/so-who-voted-for-tpp-fast-track-in-the-senate-list/

We must continue to keep the campaign to stop the TPP highly visible between now and when the vote comes down.  The intention is to shame those who will be up for re-election and primaries soon.  Some members will be afraid to vote yes on the TPP for fear of losing their seats.  I am pasting in a couple examples of events scheduled for this Thursday, in hopes that you will feel inspired to hold any reps on either side of the aisle accountable:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Vote No on TPP

Help us hold DWS accountable for her vote to lower wages, increase medicine prices and trash the environment:

Thursday, July 2, 11:30 AM

10100 Pines Blvd,

Pembroke Pines, FL, 33026

Email: dion.deborah@gmail.com

And my Move On friend, Lisa is hosting a Flip Flop award event for Rep Kathleen Rice in Garden City New York this Thursday, July 2, at Noon:

Flip-Flops for Rep. Kathleen Rice!
Rep. Rice’s Garden City Office
02 Jul, 12:00 PM
Rep. Rice did a Flip-Flop and voted Yes on Fast Track, after promising she would vote No on Fast Track Authority (Trade Promotion Authority).  She changed her vote to Yes. (And over $611,000 was “donated” to her campaign- OpenSecrets.org.)  We’ll deliver a box of flip-flops to Rep. Rice on Thursday at noon. Bring a Sharpie permanent marker with you to inscribe your name and a message (if you choose to do so). Click this link to sign up: http://pol.moveon.org/event/moveonaction/143676

Let’s show our representatives there are repercussions for voting against their constituents,

 


Harriet Heywood
Regional Organizer
MoveOn.org
Fair Trade Campaign
 http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/congress-dont-renew-fast

To President Obama and Michael Froman, USTR:
There is already a progressive coalition for American jobs.  It’s called the labor movement.
                                                                                                                     -Celeste Drake
“When a social movement adopts the compromises of legislators, it has forgotten its role, which is to push and challenge the politicians, not to fall in meekly behind them.”
                                                                                                 -Howard Zinn

Obama / Boehner Fast Track Bill Introduction Thursday

 

By Harriet Heywood,

Hello all,

With a heavy heart and pissed off attitude, I would like to report:

The Fast Track bill will be introduced as a standalone bill by the House tomorrow, Thursday.  When Democracy doesn’t give them what they want, they simply try twisted tricks.  After a week of unprecedented and questionable behavior by the Free Traitors that call themselves our representatives, they are doing the unthinkable, ignoring the will of the people, and attempting to pass Fast Track with a wink and a promise of Trade Assistance in a separate bill.

Here is a simple breakdown of what we will do to stop the fast track bill from passing:

Call 1-855-980-2256

1.     For good Democrats that have stood with us on this, thank them for remaining strong and ask them to reach out to the 28 misguided souls who voted for Fast Track last Friday and convince them to vote NO on a Fast Track bill that doesn’t include Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).

2.     For the 28 Democrats who sided with the president last week and voted for Fast Track, be sure to pressure them making sure they realize if they believe the nonsense Boehner tells them, they will see a primary.  We all know Republicans hate TAA and see it as welfare, so the idea that TAA and other promises will pass on its own is ridiculous.

3.     For Republicans, there are a number that are with us.  Simply tell them to uphold the Constitution, U.S. sovereignty, and to save jobs and vote NO on Fast Track.
Call 1-855-980-2256

Sample script for those 28 misguided democrats:

“I urge you to stand up for workers and vote NO on Fast Track for the TPP.  You are either with us or against us.  Do you really believe Boehner will help us with TAA that republicans see as welfare?  There is no middle ground on this vote.  Either you’re with us or you’re not.  If you vote against us, we won’t forget.  Vote NO on Fast Track.”

Here is the list of misguided Democrats who voted for Fast Track last Friday:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ktcfD84eXmYfqvYar4n2QKcS6YmEcl5w_spaWGEvEF8/edit?usp=sharing

We can win this fight if we all pull together,

Harriet Heywood
Regional Organizer,
MoveOn.org
National Campaign Against Fast Track / TPP
352-628-4527

 http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/congress-dont-renew-fast

To President Obama and Michael Froman, USTR:
There is already a progressive coalition for American jobs.  It’s called the labor movement.
                           -Celeste Drake
“When a social movement adopts the compromises of legislators, it has forgotten its role, which is to push and challenge the politicians, not to fall in meekly behind them.”
                                                                                                 -Howard Zinn

Tampa area activists join Global Hunger Strike in solidarity with Palestinian Political Prisoner Khader Adnan

Sheikh Khader Adnan’s daughters © google images

Sheikh Khader Adnan’s daughters © google images

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tampa area activists join Global Hunger Strike in solidarity with Palestinian Political Prisoner Khader Adnan

This event will take place on Wednesday, June 17th at 7:30pm at the Community Cafe at 2444 Central Avenue in St Petersburg, Florida. Dezeray Lyn, an organizer of the hunger strike, who recently returned from the West Bank, will poignantly share some of her experiences of Palestinian life under Israeli Occupation, including her many interviews with Palestinian political prisoners. “Khader Adnan is one of over 500 Palestinians locked down in Israeli administrative detention. Khader’s response, and our response in solidarity with his struggle is a message that the people will not allow these crimes to continue unabated, said Lyn.

Amidst worldwide concern, Political Prisoner Khader Adnan begins his 44th day of Hunger Strike in critical condition, to protest Israel’s practice of Administrative Detention. Administrative Detention keeps innocent men, women and children imprisoned without charge or trial, some for years. Adnan, a baker and father of 6 young children has been arrested 10 times under Administrative Detention. In 2012 his 66 Day hunger strike created enough worldwide condemnation for Israel’s abuse of Political Prisoners that Adnan was released and other prisoners’ human rights demands were conceded to. Adnan was rearrested this year without charge and began his hunger strike on May 5th.

To show solidarity Tampa area activists are hosting this 24 hour hunger strike online. Supporters have been posting “selfies” at https://www.facebook.com/events/1441119716194516. Photos will be compiled into an album or video and shared with Palestinian media and prisoners’ rights groups.

Miami activists will also join millions of people who condemn Israel’s practice of Adminstrative Detention as they fast and demonstrate at the Israeli Consulate, Wednesday June 17 at 4:30pm.

“Israel has to be held accountable for crimes that go against international law and common human decency. Imprisoning men, women and children for years without charge or trial goes against every fiber of a moral society” said Bettejo Indelicato, an organizer of the action. Indelicato was recently held in detention and deported from Israel on the basis that her human rights monitoring in the Occupied West Bank was a security threat to Israel.

Media Contact: Dezeray Lyn 813-401-5617

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US Social Forum, URGENT HELP NEEDED

Hello Everyone, I hope that all is well with you. I am writing this because we will be bringing several individuals and groups from Florida to the Philadelphia US Social Forum June 25th-28th, 2015. www.ussfphilly.org. The groups include the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, The Refuge Worker Center, Living Water’s Ministries, Speak-Up Florida, CRYS, SDS at USF, and others. If interested in going call 727 278 1547 or bruce@stpeteprogressives.org. The cost to get on the van is $100. We are also trying to raise money to bring several low income, poor, and homeless folks. All gifts would be tax deductible. At this point we have raised $1850, we still need to raise about $2000 more, this would enable us to bring at total of 30 people. Please consider what you can do to help with this. Any amount would be appreciated. Please make checks to the Refuge and sent to 7050 48th St. North, Pinellas Park, Florida 33781. You can also give support through GOFUNDME.gofund.me/poortoforum. Website for the Forum is http://ussfphilly.org/

The Revolutionary Road Radio Show, June 1st, Monday2015 Edition 10Pm 1340Am

RevolutionBannerNewJoin us at the Revolutionary Road Radio show, the Rev, Krown Deon, Connie B, Pete, Barb, and Miguel as we discuss the Issues of the day. Tonight we discuss Highlights of the US Social Forum (Miguel and the Rev report on the event from the Road), we discuss the upcoming US Social Forum in Philly, latest news items, and the 2nd half of the show we get a report from the Fight for 15 low wage worker struggle from Kelly Benjamin.

This show is produced by Squatter Productions, the Refuge, and Revolutionary Caucus. We are sponsored by St Pete Community Acupuncture 1650 Central Ave, St Petersburg, Florida, call 727-823-1700, The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign,economichumanrights.org, Refuge Worker Center, and others including US Social Forum in Philly, USSFPhilly.org. To advertise or sponsor show call 727-278-1547 or email bruce@stpeteprogressives.org

Green Screen for June: Citizen Four

citizenfour
Tuesday, June 2nd at 4:30 pm The Hernando County Green Party will show the Academy Award winning film: Citizen Four (114 minutes) This is the story of how Edward Snowden made contact with the press.
The public is welcome to join us for this free presentation. We will also have refreshments. This is the final edition of our Laura Poitras trilogy. Call Suzanne at 352-666-7576 for more info.
BACKGROUND :
In January 2013, Laura Poitras received an encrypted e-mail from a stranger who called himself Citizen Four.[3] In it, he offered her inside information about illegal wiretapping practices of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence agencies. Poitras had already been working for several years on a film about monitoring programs in the US that were the result of the September 11 attacks. In June 2013, accompanied by investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian intelligence reporter Ewen MacAskill,[4] she went to Hong Kong with her camera for the first meeting with the stranger, who identified himself as Edward Snowden.
After four days of interviews, on June 9 Snowden’s identity is made public at his request. As media outlets begin to discover his location at the The Mira Hong Kong, Snowden relocates to Poitras’ room in an attempt to elude phone calls made to his room. Facing potential extradition and prosecution in the United States, Snowden schedules a meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and applies for refugee status. After Poitras believes she is being followed, she leaves Hong Kong for Berlin.
On June 21, the US government requests the Hong Kong government extradite Snowden. Snowden manages to depart from Hong Kong, but his American passport is cancelled before he can connect to Havana, and he is stranded in the Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow. On August 1, 2013 the Russian government granted Snowden temporary asylum for a period of one year.[5] Meanwhile, Greenwald has returned to his home in Rio de Janeiro, and speaks publicly about United States’ utilization of NSA programs for foreign surveillance. Greenwald and Poitras maintain a correspondence wherein they both express reluctance to return to the United States.
Throughout, the film offers smaller vignettes that precede and follow Snowden’s Hong Kong interviews, including William Binney speaking about NSA programs, and eventually testifying before the German Parliament regarding NSA spying in Germany.
The film closes with Greenwald, Snowden and Poitras meeting once again, this time in Russia. Greenwald and Snowden discuss new emerging details on US intelligence programs, careful to only write down and not speak critical pieces of information. Greenwald tears these documents creating a pile of scraps, before slowly removing them from the table.