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Stop The TPP! Conference Call #5


April 8, 2015 - 9:00pm


United States

Fifth in our series of weekly calls to organize resistance to fast track legislation in Congress. The calls are being organized by Popular Resistance, the Rolling Rebellion, InterOccupy and the Green Shadow Cabinet.

On each call we will provide a legislative update, a speaker on a specific topic related to fast track and TPP/TTIP and we will hold breakout groups to focus on specific organizing of teach-ins, visibility actions, using media and reaching members of Congress. We will also hold a breakout on basics of organizing for those who are new to it.

How America Became an Oligarchy

Monday, April 6, 2015

According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of – or even against – the will of the majority of voters.

Law Experts Argue Against Police-worn Body Cams

April 6, 2015

By Rebecca Rivas 

Saint Louis University Law Professor Justin Hansford said Ferguson protestors are not demanding that police wear body cameras.

“Body cameras could very well increase mass incarceration,” he said at an April 2 presentation at SLU Law School.

Rarely does Hansford shows up to a panel and agree with the other speakers on the topic, he said. Yet Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, laid a similar argument against the cameras’ effectiveness in bringing more police accountability.

Want to fix the climate? First, we have to change everything

April 6, 2015

There was an important launch earlier this week where a bunch of high-profile figures came together to sign on to a new game-changing enterprise. No, I’m not talking about the gathering where Jay-Z, Beyonce, Madonna, and a dozen other artists announced their new music streaming service Tidal. I’m talking about The Next System, a project that seeks to disrupt or replace our traditional institutions for creating progressive change. Its backers include Greenpeace President Annie Leonard, clean energy champion Van Jones, United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, climate activist (and Grist board member) Bill McKibben, and Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase, and hundreds of others.

Hawkins: Cuomo's 5th Straight Austerity Budget Escalates His War on Public Education

Monday, April 6, 2015

The state budget just adopted is an austerity budget that assaults public schools, students, and teachers, underfunds needed social and environmental programs, and fails on ethics. He also criticized the failure to raise the minimum wage or pass the Dream Act.

"The state budget adopted in the wee hours of April Fool's Day is no joke," Hawkins said. "In Cuomo's fifth straight austerity budget, hedge funds and yacht owners win and public education, ethics, and urgent social and environmental needs lose."

Canada, Do Not Follow U.S. Into Permawar

Monday, April 6, 2015

Oh Canada, to thine own self be true, not to thine heavily militarized neighbor. Robin Williams called you a nice apartment over a meth lab for a reason, and now you're bringing the drugs upstairs.

We write to you as two U.S. citizens, one of whom moved to Canada when George W. Bush became U.S. president. Every wise observer in Texas had warned this country about their Governor Bush, but the message hadn't gotten through.