Speaking of a Mayor's forum this week I bring this discussion of bringing Americans to the lowest possible denominator of cheap labor simply to maximize corporate profits by Clinton/Obama neo-liberals and Bush/Hopkins neo-cons BEHIND ALL THIS INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONE-----VENTURE CAPITALIST----ENTREPRENEUR---START UP POLICY.
I told the students at North Western High School we need to break away from all policies that keep young adults from moving right into a good paying career and this gained loud applause---so, everyone knows this is bad economic policy.
Bains Capital and venture capitalism is as far-right economic policy as it gets. Neo-conservative Bush created these policies of making citizens volunteers, interns, VISTAs and now startup entrepreneurs in Texas these few decades----Obama simply adopted this and super-sized it across the nation. It's goal is to keep Americans from having steady, wealth-accumulating employment----to stop any attempt at real local economy-building----and moving more Federal, state, and local revenue to corporate profit through fraud and corruption.
THAT IS IT---AND THIS IS THE JOBS, JOBS, JOBS BEING PUSHED IN BALTIMORE.
Below you see Obama and his Administration promoting all this just as Texas has for decades-----but a state does not have to do this---and a city does not have to do this----Maryland Assembly passes all the laws to do it----Baltimore City Council and Mayor pushes all these policies locally.
WHEN PUGH, DIXON, STOKES, MOSBY----ALL INCUMBENTS HAVING PUSHED HARD TO INSTALL ALL THIS MESS NOW SAY THEY ARE ABOUT CREATING GOOD JOBS FOR YOUNG ADULTS----THEY ARE NOT TELLING THE TRUTH.
If you go to the Federal Small Business Association as with Maryland's Small Business Association you see this-------venture capital financing that mirrors having Wall Street tied to our Federal Housing Agency and Federal Student Loan Agency----all full of fraud. So, now the easy-to-access Federal and state small business loans are all tied to what we know will end with subsidized venture capital fraud.
A MAYOR OF BALTIMORE WOULD TURN THESE FUNDS BACK INTO LOCAL, SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMY LOANS
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I want to talk today about today about another candidate for Mayor of Baltimore who like the two I described yesterday is a raging Wall Street global corporate pol SHOW ME THE MONEY player-----Nick Mosby. Mosby is flash in the pan----he would be worse than Rawlings-Blake once in power wheeling and dealing for Wall Street and Baltimore Development and the International Economic Zone and Trans Pacific Trade Pact policies. Mosby has no moral, ethical, or legal boundaries as is true of Tammany Hall crony politics.
Mosby supports every Baltimore Development issue----he was out in support of militarized policing brought by Commissioner Batts knowing Batts came with decades history of police brutality with no public transparency and even as media tries to paint his wife Marilyn as providing justice in Freddie Gray-----EVERYONE KNOWS THIS CASE IS CORRUPT PROTECTING YET AGAIN POLICE.
I hear many communities shouting they do not like his platform and his own district knows they were left behind under his City Council leadership---so the problem is breaking through the glitz Clinton neo-liberals love to paint on these player candidates.
Below you see where Nick has no concept of ethics and accountability as everyone in Baltimore shouted that a corrupt Baltimore City Hall needing oversight and accountability and public justice to stop systemic corporate fraud and government corruption does not want a City Council person married to the Baltimore State's Attorney charged with protecting citizens from all this fraud and corruption.
Nick Mosby: 'I have no involvement' in wife's office
Nick Mosby, a Baltimore councilman, holds a bible for Marilyn Mosby as she takes the oath from Robert Bell, a former chief judge, for the State's Attorney position. (Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun)
Luke BroadwaterContact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
"I helped move some boxes in. Other than that, I have nothing to do with her office and her administration."How much is Councilman Nick J. Mosby involved in the job of his wife, new Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby?
It's a question a lot of Baltimoreans asked this week, after a former employee of the prosecutor's office posted an open letter online, alleging Nick Mosby was involved in decisions about personnel changes in the office.
Councilman Mosby, who represents West Baltimore's 7th district, denied the allegations in an interview. He said he plays no role in the prosecutor's office, and plans to recuse himself from any City Council votes involving the office.
"I helped move some boxes in. Other than that, I have nothing to do with her office and her administration," he said. "I had nothing to do with any of the firings. I promise you. It's flat out wrong and a lie."
As Marilyn Mosby took office last week, several frontline prosecutors and other staff were dismissed. On Tuesday night, Cristie Cole, a data analyst for the office who said she was fired, sent an agency-wide email criticizing Mosby's decisions and questioning whether they were politically motivated or agenda-driven.
Mosby announces new leadership, strategies Marilyn Mosby has declined to comment on what she said was an email sent by a "disgruntled former employee."
Asked if he is advising his wife on decisions, Nick Mosby said he is not.
"I rub Marilyn's feet when she gets home. I've been taking care of our daughters to ensure she can spend enough time in the office," he said. "I don't have a [law degree]. I'm on the City Council. That's where my focus is."
Marilyn Mosby defeated previous State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein in last year's Democratic primary. This week, she announced a slate of new hires as part of an office restructuring that she said will beef up intelligence gathering and improve relations with the community. She said the new structure was based in part on ideas from prosecutors' offices in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
Regime change brings shake-up in city prosecutor's office Nick Mosby said he won't need to recuse himself from many council votes, because the council rarely takes action involving the State's Attorney's Office. The council does, however, approve the city's budget, which provides funding for city prosecutors.
Mosby said he would recuse himself from any prosecutor-related votes during the budget process.
Nick uses the same global SMART CITIES installation of data-driven policing that came with O'Malley and is part of this International Economic Zone surveillance, data-mining, and police quotas for engaging with citizens. None of this has anything to do with community policing---it is the same policing policy written by very, very, very neo-conservative Johns Hopkins and Wall Street Baltimore Development and will continue to grow militarized policing in Baltimore.
Nick is a cheerleader for SMART CITY everything-----he is SMART METERS on a privatized water and waste system----he is selling data to corporate research ----he is right there with the national corporate charter chain as schools become part of the global corporate campus and he is right there in making Baltimore one huge FOXCONN global corporate campus and all it brings.
NICK DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE AND WELL-BEING OF CITIZENS----HE DOES WHAT WALL STREET TELLS HIM---NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
When Baltimore City Hall allows billions of revenue be directed from communities legally or not----when they vote to slash funding to replace all revenue lost to corporate fraud, government corruption, and corporate subsidy on steroids----LAYING OFF MORE AND MORE OF BALTIMORE'S REMAINING MIDDLE-CLASS----they don't care about crime. Nick is behind every vote that pushed austerity while expanding corporate subsidy and fraud soared while he was in office. This idea of data-foundation in community policing is not bad---communities should be aware of where crime and violence hot spots are -----but Nick is posing progressive as he backs all of the Hopkins War on Gun policies and allows the worst of police abuse in SWAT policies all under the guise of creating SAFE COMMUNITIES.
Nick is as committed a partner to Baltimore Master Plan as this Graziano--they work together to close public housing opportunities and allow all Mixed-Income housing policies for Enterprise Zones, HUD projects be ignored. Below you see him posing progressive as these problems for women and citizens in public housing have existed for decades.
Nick Mosby: crime data ‘foundation’ for Enough is Enough peace rallies [Q&A]
Nick Mosby, the 34-year-old freshman City Councilman for District 7, says that crime data is behind his growing 'Enough is Enough' street marches. Hear more from the northeast Baltimore native on being a more digital-comfortable legislator.
All of these problems in public housing are chronic and systemic and readily ignored by City Council pols like Nick and Carl Stokes until these problems hit the media.
Councilman Nick Mosby calls for city housing commissioner to resign
Announcement comes amid frustration over living conditionsUPDATED 5:43 PM EST Nov 03, 2015
BALTIMORE --City Councilman Nick Mosby, who recently announced that he was running for mayor, is calling for Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano to resign.
- Councilman Mosby calls for Graziano to resignCity Councilman Nick Mosby, who recently announced that he was running for mayor, is calling for Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano to resign.
Mosby made the announcement Tuesday at Latrobe Homes, a public housing development with 701 units.
His tour of Latrobe Homes comes two weeks after Mosby visited the residents of Lakeview Towers when the development's heating and water systems failed, and it took several days for repairs to be made.
"Our commissioner has been touring around the city the past week acting like he didn't know these conditions were deplorable, acting like he didn't know of the allegations, acting as if he was unaware of what we expected Baltimore City residents to live in," Mosby told reporters after touring Latrobe Homes.
Graziano has been under pressure since 11 city public housing tenants filed a lawsuit claiming that maintenance workers were pressuring them for sex in return for repairs to their housing units. He said the U.S. Housing and Urban Development inspector general is investigating allegations of sexual harassment in the city's public housing complexes.
"Because of lack of leadership, because of lack of oversight, today, I stand here, and I am requesting that Commissioner Paul Graziano immediately resign as commissioner. We must demand more for the residents of the city of Baltimore. We cannot afford to wait 13 months," Nick Mosby said.
Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Mosby's wife, announced her office was also investigating the allegations.
In addition, residents met last week with Graziano regarding what they describe as deplorable living conditions in the city's public housing complexes and demanded changes.
City Councilman Carl Stokes, another mayoral candidate, is calling for an investigative hearing into the public housing sexual abuse allegations. Stokes said he was "losing patience with the housing agency's lax management."
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said previously she is not going to fire Graziano because of the sex for repairs allegations.
Twice in recent weeks, the mayor has stood firmly behind Graziano. On Tuesday afternoon, she deflected the question.
"I think this is part of political campaigning, and when I made the announcement, I was not seeking re-election. I said I was focused on moving the city forward and really not be part of that race," Rawlings-Blake said. "I think the city deserves my attention doing the work of mayor. I am not going to comment on that."
As a WBAL-TV 11 News photographer left the mayor's office Tuesday afternoon, Graziano was waiting for a meeting with her.
The forum at North Western High School had the question----would you start school after Labor Day----and Nick was a resounding YES------HE IS A CHEERLEADER FOR LATE STARTS FOR PUBLIC K-12.
The moving of school start time is a Republican Chamber of Commerce issue-----it is not a Democratic one. Yes, we all want Ocean City to have that Labor Day weekend business which is what drives this bill in Maryland----but Maryland citizens can and do go for long weekends without having an entire week to do so. It really is not the profit-boon being sold by corporate pols.
Meanwhile, Democrats have always supported starting earlier because teachers and administrators KNOW it takes time to get students orientated to coming to school and class---getting back into classroom routines----and know lots of administrative and course assignment duties fill that early start before Labor Day. The idea is ----get all of this learning environment set----go for a long weekend---and come back running in coursework. Most parents want their children in school rather than extending summer vacation. As I stated at this forum----this is not a critical issue---parents and students wanting to start after Labor Day should have that voice----but overall-----this is not what educators and parents want----
IT IS SIMPLY BEING MOVED BY CORPORATE POLS AND BRINGING STUDENTS INTO THE MOVEMENT AS BALTIMORE DOES WITH ALL BAD PUBLIC POLICY.
Nick Mosby supports this simply because corporations want this---not because it is best for children.
Hogan supports effort to start school after Labor Day
Making the summer last longer. Lawmakers are headed in that direction with a proposal to extend the school summer break beyond Labor Day. Pat Warren reports.
Michael Dresser and Liz BowieContact Reporters
The Baltimore Sun
Gov.-elect Larry Hogan signs on to Comptroller Peter Franchot's bid to start school after Labor Day.The movement to require Maryland public schools to wait until after Labor Day to start classes picked up steam Thursday when it gained support from Gov.-elect Larry Hogan.
Hogan joined Comptroller Peter Franchot, the state's No. 1 cheerleader for a later school start, at a news conference to add his name to a petition to start school on the Tuesday after the holiday.
"I think this is a tremendous effort for a lot of reasons," Hogan said. "It's not just a family issue, it's an economic issue."
The idea is a tough sell with school officials. All 24 superintendents across the state, the Maryland Association of Boards of Education, teachers unions and state Superintendent Lillian Lowery have opposed it in the past.
Proponents say a later start would give families an additional week of summer to spend at the beach or Deep Creek Lake, attend the Maryland State Fair or simply spend money at Maryland businesses — and produce additional tax revenue. The Bureau of Revenue Estimates projects a post-Labor Day start would boost economic activity by $74.3 million and contribute $7.7 million in revenue to state and local coffers.
From left, Yumi Hogan, Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot at an event last month in Easton. The governor-elect is backing a movement that Franchot launched to start Maryland schools after Labor Day. (Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun / Baltimore Sun)Hogan became the 13,244th signer of the petition. He joins Gov. Martin O'Malley, who added his name at a Board of Public Works meeting last year.
State Sen. James N. Mathias Jr. said he would draft legislation to require the later start. The Eastern Shore Democrat, a former mayor of Ocean City, said the bill will include recommendations of a task force set up by the legislature to study the issue. The panel voted 12-3 to recommend the change to the governor.
Franchot launches petition drive to start school after Labor Day Mathias said the General Assembly could set the start day and let school systems work out how to adjust schedules.
Opponents say a later state date would push the school year into late June.
Educators say they need time to allow training days for teachers and to prepare students for state tests that are given in March and June. Not all schools are air-conditioned, and some worry students would spend more days in hot schools.
"We have some concerns about the impact it would have, not just on the school year but with instructional time with regard to regional and national assessments like Advanced Placement. Those testing windows are set," said Bob Mosier, Anne Arundel County public schools spokesman.
School boards now have the authority to set their own calendars — and they often differ in their start and end dates. This year, only Worcester County — home to Ocean City — started after Labor Day. As recently as 2000, though, Baltimore City and Baltimore, Harford, Montgomery and Worcester counties opened after the holiday.
Lowery has said school systems should control their schedules.
"She has supported local superintendents and the idea that they can make that decision," said John White, the superintendent's spokesman.
Franchot, who has made the schedule shift a signature issue, acknowledged the superintendents' opposition. But he said rank-and-file teachers he talks with support the move.
"The bureaucracy is going to oppose it," said Franchot. He said there are enough "soft days" in the current school schedule to permit the change.
"This is a very minor adjustment," he said, "and after that they have complete discretion."
Leslie Beveridge is one classrooom teacher who would welcome the change.
A nine-year veteran who teaches at Easton Elementary School, Beveridge said teachers would still have to work some days before Labor Day to prepare for the kids' return. But instead of coming back in mid-August, teachers could come back at the end of the month, she said.
Beveridge said Franchot is correct about "soft" days in the schedule.
"From my experience, there are a few days throughout the year when I feel we could have more instruction for our kids," she said.
Del. Anne Kaiser, the Montgomery County Democrat who chairs the House Ways and Means subcommittee on education, said she's inclined to come down on the side of the autonomy of school districts, but would keep an open mind.
"I'm willing to listen, willing to hear the arguments on all sides of the issues," she said.
Kaiser said Hogan's support could influence some House members, particularly Republicans. But in the past, she noted, GOP delegates have been defenders of local prerogatives.
With many new members who weren't there for discussion of the task force bill, Kaiser said, it is impossible to gauge the sentiment on the committee.
As this report it titled------A CRY FOR HELP---from Nick Mosby's district home of years of police abuse-----of extreme poverty, unemployment------of loss of all community assets-----again, no one condones the riots---but Mosby spent his term as City Council failing to not only address----but create platforms for voice and justice for his constituents---and loss of hope in moving forward drives these protests and riots. He championed downtown development and wealth inequity-----and will continue to do so. From Pugh----to Mosby----to Cummings all the politicians for these citizens----pure neglect is unexcusable.
The video below is important in that it is the first indication of what an International Economic Zone will be like and it shows a neo-conservative Hogan as with a Clinton neo-liberal O'Malley and all Baltimore pols know-------UnderArmour has overseas its own militarized security systems and we see this being brought to Baltimore in this rioting. Hogan is not shy of global security forces owned and operated by a global corporate campus as exists in all Asian International Economic Zones----and neither are any of Baltimore City Council and candidates for Mayor of Baltimore being given media coverage.
The Rachel Maddow Show 4/28/15Riots seen as 'cry for help' from Baltimore youth Nick Mosby, Baltimore City Council member representing District 7, talks with Rachel Maddow about restoring order in Baltimore and addressing the underlying issues that turned peaceful protests into violent riots.
From Carl Stokes to Nick Mosby------Baltimore City Council has been on board with all huge real estate deals----work to hold properties in their districts from development just for these FOXCONN campuses. As they pose progressive during elections acting as though they will send in development and jobs-----they are bound to this International Economic Zone Master Plan and will move anybody and anything to install it.
Of course Baltimore is completely drained of revenue ----if it is not allowed to be stolen and misappropriated----it is handed outright to corporate subsidy by these CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR OF BALTIMORE HIGHLIGHTED BY CRONY PRIMARY ELECTION VENUES AND MEDIA.
PoliticsBaltimore Riots – Brought To You By… Under Armour?
- By Jerry Doyle Apr 30, 2015
But in one of the more unusual moments from this whole fiasco, we saw Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appearing at a press conference wearing with a prominently displayed Under Armour logo. Sportswear maker Under Armour is a Maryland-based company and Hogan is very cozy with their executives. So have we reach the point in the history of our country where politicians will now begin covering themselves with corporate logos like NASCAR drivers and giving plugs at every opportunity?
“This is where we’re at in America with the corporatization of everything,” says talk show host Jerry Doyle.
Listen to Jerry describe what commercials might sound like in the future and the dismal outlook for the city of Baltimore here:
- See more at: http://www.epictimes.com/jerrydoyle/2015/04/baltimore-riots-brought-to-you-by-under-armour/#sthash.8YGnvykz.dpuf
Corporate Welfare Is Draining Baltimore
May 14, 2015
The Baltimore headquarters of the Under Armour apparel company was built with millions in tax benefits. Photo: Phil Romans
On May 4, Stephen Curry, deadeye starting point guard for the Golden State Warriors, was named the 2015 National Basketball Association MVP. In honor of his award, Baltimore-based athletic gear firm Under Armour announced a special edition of his Curry One Basketball Shoe, currently the company’s bestseller.
A week before Curry won his award, Freddie Gray was buried. After the funeral, Baltimore Police deployed in full riot gear to Mondawmin Mall, situated on the city’s west side. The Baltimore school system doesn’t have its own buses, so many students access public transportation from Mondawmin. When school let out that day, students were prevented from getting on their buses by police in body armor. After a tense standoff, some students began to throw rocks at the police, who responded by tear-gassing them.
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank was among the first in the local business community to respond to the protests. His lead his annual shareholders meeting by sending thoughts and prayers to Gray’s family and by promising he would work with other leaders to bring positive change to the city. However, Under Armour’s relationship with the city represents a significant part of the problem Baltimore and other urban areas have to contend with.
We need to turn to the economic violence that attends police violence.
The challenge goes back decades. At one time, as a part of the Great Society program, the federal government gave direct aid to cities to help them deal with the consequences of deindustrialization and white flight. But political support for Great Society policies, never strong to begin with, fell in the early ’70s. By the time Ronald Reagan was elected to the White House, the pendulum had swung decisively toward cutting aid and decreasing cities’ ability to raise taxes. In response cities were forced to rely more on municipal bonds for revenue, and, in part because of the way bond rating agents evaluated bonds, on downtown development. City after city attempted to make its downtown more tourist-friendly. They beefed up entertainment and attracted corporate tenants, often by offering significant tax abatements to businesses that agreed to build on what would become prime real estate. In Under Armour’s case, the city generously supported the development of their downtown headquarters through $35 million in tax increment financing.
In exchange Under Armour has contributed more than its share of charity. The company turned an East Baltimore running track into a state-of-the-art football field. It covers some of the costs of the free Water Taxi that Inner Harbor tourists use to shuttle across the Harbor. And earlier this year, the company donated almost 1,600 pairs of tactical boots valued at more than $190,000 to the Baltimore City Fire Department, as well as police uniforms.
But this charity masks the underside of Under Armour’s partnership with the city. Preferential tax treatment constrains spending on important public goods.
Over the past twenty-four years spending on parks and recreation in Baltimore has stagnated while spending on policing has exploded. In 1991 the city spent approximately $37 million on parks and recreation. Today it spends around the same amount. By contrast, in 1991 Baltimore spent about $165 million on policing. Today it spends $445 million. While the city ran seventy-six recreation centers twenty years ago, it now only operates only forty-one (another ten are privatized). City officials credit the reduction to a lack of resources. But if the city lacks money for parks and recreation, that is because it decided to prioritize other spending—to ramp up police budgets and subsidize businesses such as Under Armour.
These two decisions go hand in hand, signaling a transformation in local government. Cities such as Baltimore increasingly provide welfare to corporate citizens. However, rather than simply ceasing welfare provision for poor constituencies, they aggressively provide malfare. There is a racial aspect to this. Thinking about Gray and others recently killed—as well as those routinely surveilled, frisked, tazed, and assaulted—it is difficult to imagine such police harassment of and brutality against whites, even poor ones. However, this isn’t the new Jim Crow so much as neoliberalism at work. Under Armour’s CEO can, with a straight face, send prayers to Gray’s family, call for “one Baltimore,” and simultaneously ask for taxpayer assistance in building a new two million square foot downtown headquarters. It can donate uniforms and shoes to the city’s police and fire department and sports fields to kids while hamstringing the city’s ability to generate enough revenue to do so on its own. And the company does this with the support of local political officials (the majority of them black) who back the firm with their votes and policies. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings both wore Under Armour apparel in public while dealing with the protests.
Over the past few weeks we have been focusing—rightly—on anti-black policing. But we need to turn to the economic violence that attends police violence. And in thinking through solutions we need to begin with the simple proposition that Under Armour and other corporations like it ought to pay their fair share of taxes. Their success shouldn’t come at the expense of the cities they call home.
While cities and counties start fighting the designation of International Economic Zone and Trans Pacific Trade Pact attached to it -------not one word is spoken in Baltimore of what these policies are and where they lead. Baltimore is further along than most because of the very, very, very neo-conservative Johns Hopkins and Wall Street Baltimore Development and its complete control of Baltimore City Hall. These several years have seen FEZ and TPP policies hit Baltimore from Maryland Assembly to Baltimore City Hall. People are led to believe all this is simply bringing US manufacturing back to the US-----but these are no longer US corporations---they are multi-national ----they have operated with impunity in third world nations for decades and TPP has the goal of allowing them to do the same here in the US---in International Economic Zones. Below you see Margaret Flowers---she has been a national leader against all these global trade policies and she is running for Mikulski's Senate seat as Green Party----you won't hear of her because Maryland Elections and especially Baltimore do not allow any candidate to participate in elections that work against global corporate rule.
ALL OF BALTIMORE POLS ARE MOVING THIS FORWARD AND THEY KNOW WHERE IT LEADS AND IT IS NOT WARM AND FUZZY----IT WILL BE JUST AS THESE FOXCONN FACTORIES AND CAMPUSES LOOK LIKE IN ASIA.
Cindy Walsh for Mayor of Baltimore is going with FEZ and TPP free zones -----current policies are illegal, an attack on national, state, and local sovereignty, attack our US Constitutional rights as citizens and Rule of Law AND CAN BE VOIDED AS ILLEGAL.
Communities Reject Rigged Trade, Create TPP/TTIP-Free Zones
Resist! Democracy, TPP, Trade, TTIP
By Margaret Flowers, www.popularresistance.org
October 4th, 2015
Note: You can join communities that are rejecting these rigged corporate ‘trade’ deals that are being negotiated in secret and will undermine our ability to pass laws that protect public health and safety and the planet by organizing to create a TPP/TTIP-Free Zone. Details below.
As negotiations of the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) inch toward completion, resistance to it and the other rigged corporate international treaties, the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trade-in-Services Agreement (TiSA), is escalating.
- A transAtlantic week of protests against the TPP and TTIP are planned from October 10 to 17. Visit Trade4People.org to learn more. Actions will be posted on Flush the TPP.
- There will be protests in Miami at the end of October during the next round of TTIP negotiations. Details are not yet confirmed, but they will be posted on the Flush the TPP “Actions” page.
- And during the APEC meetings in the Philippines in November, there will be protests in Manila and Washington, DC. Click here for information about the DC mobilization.
In the European Union, activists are working to pass 10,000 such resolutions. In collaboration with the public service union, Unison, Global Justice Now, is providing helpful materials. Global Justice Now reports:
“It’s not just the UK. In Austria, Germany, France and Belgium there are significant numbers of TTIP Free Zones being declared by local authorities. When EU and US negotiators in Brussels leave their meetings they immediately walk out into the Brussels municipality which is itself a TTIP Free Zone.
There are 39 ‘no TTIP’ councils in Spain and a good covering in Northern Italy. This is a Europe-wide movement of local resistance to the corporate power grab that TTIP represents.”
During the fight to stop Congress from passing Fast Track legislation that will be used to rush these agreements through Congress, cities from Seattle, WA to Madison, WI to New York, NY passed resolutions against Fast Track. Labor played a big part in making these successful. Now, new resolutions are underway in more cities with the goal of 100.
On October 8, a resolution will be voted upon in Miami, FL, potentially making it a TPP/TTIP-Free Zone before the next round of TTIP negotiations there. Click here for details.
Organizing a TPP/TTIP-Free Zone is a great way to raise awareness of the ways that these secret rigged corporate deals will directly impact our communities. From the prohibition of “Buy America” practices to the new powers for corporations to sue over public health and safety laws that interfere with their profits to the outsourcing of jobs, lowering of wages, reduction of food safety and raising the costs of health care, the TPP and TTIP place corporate profits over protection of people and the planet.
Here is more information on how to create a TPP/TTIP-Free Zone from the Alliance for Democracy:“If you, our un-elected representatives, create this corporate-driven monstrosity and then go to Congress for a rubber stamp, WE WILL NOT OBEY.”
Which cities have gone TPP/TTIP/TiSA Free?
This map shows which US cities and counties have passed TPP Free Zone ordinances or resolutions against Fast Track, TPP or other pending trade pacts like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).
It is time to make our municipalities “TPP Free Zones,” following in the footsteps of the successful resistance to an earlier trade agreement, the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, which was defeated in 1998 thanks to a global grassroots campaign.
Click here to download a .pdf of our TPP Free Zone pamphlet. Print it on legal-size paper, or read the text online here.
Click here for a model municipal law to make your community a TPP Free Zone.
Click here for some pointers in getting a TPP Free Zone law passed.
What is a TPP-Free Zone?
AfD Co-Chair Ruth Caplan explains how local organizing for “TPP-Free Zone” laws can help defeat this so-called “free trade” agreement while supporting global civil society movements for economic and environmental justice and local democracy.
Educate for action: Our Fall 2012 issue of Justice Rising focused on international resistance to corporate global trade agreements, including the TPP. To read it online, click here. If you’d like to a copy, contact us at afd …at… thealliancefordemocracy … org or call 781-894-1179.
There’s more information, videos and resources on our TPP page.