Ex-Senator Blanche Lincoln couldn't say "No" to corporate money when she was in office and the same is true now. A longtime mouthpiece for WalMart, JPMorgan-Chase, and champion of the KeystoneXL pipeline, ...
For Immediate Release: Day before Wikileak of TPP Document - 13 Cities Mobilized to Shine a Light on Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership "Trade" Deal Telling Congress "Don't Fast Track a Train Wreck - FLUSH the TPP!" CONTACT: Bill Moyer 206-356-9980 |...
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After a week long training in direct action on Vashon Island, attendees of the Backbone Campaign's Localize This! action camp executed a bold and beautiful action to stop plans to turn the Pacific NW into a fossil fuel corridor to Asia. Find press re...
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After a week long training in direct action on Vashon Island, attendees of the Backbone Campaign's Localize This! action camp executed a bold and beautiful action to stop plans to turn the Pacific NW into a fossil fuel corridor to Asia. Find press release, action photos and more below. more news clips.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 5, 2013 Army Corps of Engineers Relieved of Duty, for being AWOL on Climate and Cumulative Impacts.
This morning residents from across the Northwest converged on the Seattle offices of the Army Corps of Engineers to demand stronger federal environmental oversight of proposed export facilities for coal, oil and gas, transforming the Pacific Northwest and Salish Sea into a fossil fuel corridor to Asia.
Residents are upset that despite tens of thousands of public comments requesting a comprehensive environmental review of these projects the Corps testified in June that public concern over impacts from burning fossil fuels overseas or increased rail and shipping traffic were "outside the Corps' control and responsibility."
"By refusing to consider the most important and concerning environmental impacts of these projects, the Corps has gone AWOL," said Bill Moyer, Executive Director of the Backbone Campaign. "Since the Corps is incapable address the real concerns of the people, we the people are relieving them of duty."Sit-in at the Army Corps of Engineers A flotilla of kayaks and canoes approached the Seattle HQ of the Army Corps of Engineers from across the Duwamish river, flying a giant "Coal No!" with helium-filled weather balloons. A hundred people rallied and marched to take over the courtyard of the Corps offices with giant props including a thirty-two foot mock coal train.
"If the human and environmental health of our region and planet is outside the scope of the Corps process, we need a new process," said Carlo Voli an Edmonds resident helping to carry a banner that read "Army Corps of Engineers Relieved of Duty".
In contrast to the Corps' decision the Washington State Department of Ecology announced last week that they would be considering rail, shipping and climate change impacts in a much broader environmental review. Some participants in the event carried signs thanking the Department of Ecology for their decision. But organizers stressed that last week's announcement emphasizes the Federal Government's failure by showing that a comprehensive review is possible.
"Leaving the real environmental issues in these projects to be reviewed by state agencies is a dereliction of duty by the Federal Government" Said Seattle Resident, Lisa Marcus.
Next month the Army Corps of Engineers will begin scoping hearings on another proposed coal export facility in Longview, WA.
Backbone Campaign's vision is a world where human dignity, community resilience, and ecological well being is built upon a foundation of democratic economic and political systems and diverse, thriving culture where human rights, the rights of communities and nature are truly inalienable and honored.
Salt Lake City residents are mobiilizng high visibilty actions to pull the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement out of the shadows and into the light of public scrutiny.
Join comrades to expose this secret corporate coup! All week long, mobilize creative visibility tactics like helium assisted banner lifts, Overpass Light Brigades, Guerilla Light Projection As Protest, and much more! Expose the TPP for what it is: Toxic for People & the Planet!
Call 805-776-3882 for action specifics or check here for updates.
Affinity groups are finalizing plans for actions throughout the week. We'll have more actions scheduled tomorrow and as they develop!
Salt Lake Residents Resist the Trans-Pacific Partnership!
Salt Lake City, UT November 19, 2013
Delegations from twelve national governments are meeting this week at Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement shrouded in secrecy designed to benefit multinational corporations. Activists and concerned citizens are planning actions throughout Salt Lake City to educate the public about the trade agreement and to protest the negotiations.
Citizens, journalists, activists and even members of Congress have been denied access to the agreement’s text, while representatives from multinational corporations have played a key role in the drafting process. This utter lack of transparency continues into the Salt Lake meetings, that were not disclosed to the public until very recently, and which journalists and community members will not be allowed to attend.
In spite of this short notice, the community has mobilized the TPP Welcoming Committee. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., these activists will hold an action at the Bureau of Land Management offices at 440 W. 200 S., to protest the selling off of our public lands to corporate interests. From there, they will march to a larger protest at Grand America Hotel, where organizers will speak out about the major problems of this trade pact and comment on actions that need to occur to halt this agreement which, if passed, will have pervasive negative effects on citizens of all signatory countries. On Tuesday night at 6 p.m., the TPP Welcoming Committee will hold a teach-in at the Utah Pride Center, 255 E. 400 S., to explain the impact the treaty will have on medical access, internet freedom, climate justice, labor rights and many other important issues. This will be followed by a creative nighttime light action at 8 p.m. outside Grand America Hotel, pulling the TPP out of the shadows and into public scrutiny.
Organizations like WikiLeaks have been able to obtain and release to the public only a small portion of the provisions of this secret agreement. They have exposed that the agreement expands copyright and patent monopolies, with alarming consequences. It enables pharmaceutical companies, for example, to use patents to substantially increase the costs of many drugs and therefore deprive people around the world of lifesaving medicine. The current draft of the agreement contains many of the same copyright provisions and controversial internet censorship powers previously contained in the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act, overwhelmingly opposed by the U.S. populace.
In addition, the TPP would create international tribunals in which corporations could sue governments to overturn sovereign laws and extract vital resources from taxpayers and communities. These courts, completely outside U.S. jurisdiction, would expand corporate power while undermining national sovereignty and local control.
The TPP and the secretive negotiations undermine free speech, further entrench corporate rule, deny people around the world lifesaving medicines and erode national sovereignty.The agreement is yet another example of the corrupting influence of money in our political process. Accordingly, those involved in the negotiations will face significant opposition and dissent from the TPP Welcoming Committee and other concerned citizens.
The TPP Welcoming Committee is a coalition of individuals and organizations including Backbone Campaign, Sole de Utah, Utah Tar Sands Resistance, the Justice Party, Center for a Stateless Society, Popular Resistance, Occupy.com, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, HESA-Heterodox Economics Student Association at the University of Utah, and March Against Monsanto.
For more information, call 805-776-3882, email
and visit www.slcstoptpp.us