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Fight for the Future: White House Bribes Shoe Corporation with Defense Contract to Ensure Support of TPP

Re-posted from email today, from Fight for the Future. Just re-posting, even though this is a fundraising email–please visit FFTF at the links below to donate or take action–to highlight what exactly is going on with the TPP, the US Government, and big corporations–is it possible our current Administration is so entrenched in casual Beltway bribery it’s not quite aware what corruption really is..?:

From Fight for the Future:

A major corporation just revealed that the U.S. government literally offered them a bribe if they’d stop opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP.) [1]

This type of corruption is what we’re up against in the fight to stop the TPP. We’re battling the most powerful and politically entrenched forces in the world.

They have billions to spend on lobbying and influence. But we have real people like you who understand what’s at stake. We know people power can win, but we still need resources to make our campaigns possible. Will you stand up to the bribes and corruption and chip in?

Yes! I’ll chip in $5 to fight corruption and stop the TPP!

New Balance, a U.S.-based shoe company, opposed the TPP for years, echoing the concerns of experts who say it will hurt jobs and the economy.

But last year, the company suddenly went silent on the TPP. And now we know why––the U.S. government bribed them to shut them up. [2]

The Boston Globe reports that the White House straight up promised New Balance a big money contract supplying shoes to the Department of Defense, as long as they either supported or remained neutral on the massive trade deal.

This latest scandal has more to do with the TPP’s economic impact, but as Internet and free speech advocates, we have deep concerns with this agreement’s impact on our digital rights.

The TPP was negotiated in complete secrecy by lobbyists and government bureaucrats––including some of the same ones that were behind SOPA and the DMCA––and it contains extreme copyright provisions that threaten to expand Internet censorship worldwide. [2]

It reads like a wish list for monopolistic corporations and like a death sentence for the future of innovation, our Internet freedom, and our basic democratic process.

The giant corporations pushing the TPP have billions of dollars in potential profits on the line. They’re fighting dirty and there’s nothing they won’t do to get this deal passed.

We’ve still got a chance to stop this deal. But we can’t do it without your help.

Click here to chip in $5 to fight government bribery and stop the TPP!

We’ve already been successful in delaying the TPP for years. But now we need to crush this terrible idea once and for all. Here’s what we’ll use your donations for:

The TPP Roadshow! We’re partnering with Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine’s record label to organize a series of large-scale events featuring high profile artists and celebrities who will help us reach tens of thousands of people who don’t know about the TPP yet, and get them engaged in fighting it.

An online campaign to stop the TPP. We’ve already launched an action site at FightTheTPP.org, but we need to update it and add educational materials to help new people understand the dangers of the TPP.

A coordinated media strategy. We’ve been working hard to cut through the media blackout around the TPP. With more funds we’ll be able to spend more time reaching out to journalists and creating actions and campaigns that get mainstream media attention.

This fight is not going to be easy. It’s hard to imagine that New Balance is the only corporation that the U.S. government has attempted to bribe into supporting the TPP.

But if we come together, we can overcome entrenched political corruption and stop the TPP before it becomes law. Can you help make it possible?

Yes! I’ll chip in $5 to stop the TPP.

I’m so proud of all the work we’ve done so far. Thanks for being part of this movement.

For the Internet,
-Evan at FFTF

P.S. If you can’t donate right now, please click here to TAKE ACTION right now by telling major tech companies to drop their misguided support for the TPP! But we can only run these campaigns with your support, so if you can spare a even just few dollars, please click here to chip in!

[1] Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/04/11/new-balance-says-obama-administration-reneged-deal-involving-military-business/zUdUWa23ZWv53D5a9AjNII/story.html

[2] Techdirt: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160412/07310334162/shoe-company-new-balance-says-us-govt-basically-offered-it-bribe-to-support-tpp.shtml

[3] The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/06/clock-ticking-time-bomb-blow-up-free-internet-tpp

Source: FFTF

Katherine Frisk/Veterans Today: Private Armies, Daesh, The CIA and the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. . . Yes, it’s all about sovereignty, and Putin and many others understand this! ~J

Re-blogged, with thanks, to Jean Haines of Co-creating Our Future on Planet Earth, and Katherine Frisk, author of Jesus was a Palestinian, and columnist at Veterans Today. Thank you for this tremendously inspiring post.  (Full article at Veterans Today.)

Clear thinking and speaking on the TTP, the TTIP, and what they represent: not capitalism, not “free” markets or “free” trade, but corporate fascism, the razing of sovereignty, and the total destruction of nation-states, worldwide. 

Excerpt from toward end of article:By signing the TTIP agreements, Daesh and the CIA could sue the French government for loss of income should they attempt to put a stop to the ongoing terrorist war in Syria. Because, they are private corporations and these laws would cut into their oil profits.

President Putin asked this question during his speech at the UN:

Do you know what nation-state sovereignty is?

TPP-ISIS_OIL_20140911_isis_0I put it to you. Any country that signs either the TPP or the TTIP is not only kissing their nation-state sovereignty goodbye, but is opening the door for private, corporate armies who can sue any government should either their laws or their policies cut into their profits.

If France had signed the TTIP, the CIA and in turn Daesh and the companies and people on Putin’s list, would be able to sue them for any and all actions taken against Daesh in Syria because this would cut into their oil profits. AND, they would get away with it.

See: We are also tired of Raytheon Corporation and their love affair with ISIS and al Nusra.– Their continual supply of missiles to terrorist organizations is not an accident and the management of Raytheon needs to be held accountable and should be arrested, tried and convicted, not just in the US, but Iraq and Syria as well for “material support of terrorism.”

But, but they are getting gobs of cheap oil! And anyone who stops them or Daesh/ISIL, under the TTIP or TTP agreements can be sued for loss of profits!

I am not an American, however I am going to use poetic licence here:

My fellow Americans, have you completely, utterly and totally lost your frigging minds? This is NOT capitalism. This is CORPORATE FASCISM, a feudal system where you are the peasants on the plantation with no property rights, no legal representation and no say whatsoever in how your country is run. Your Constitution and Bill of Rights will count for nothing and not even be worth the paper it is written on!

 

Spin this concept out to its ultimate conclusion. Include NATO, CIA, NSA, HAARP, NASA, The Banks, Google, the Internet, Monsanto, Wall Mart, Big Pharma, with NO GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT! And they get their own private armies and law courts that are secret and closed. A one world government yes, but one in which you have no part and certainly no congressman to speak for you.

Also keep in mind that no American will own their own property, this will be owned by the Corporations; run their own farm, this will be Corporate farming with patented genetically modified seeds and breeding; own their own business, all businesses will be owned by a handful of large corporations; and health care will be decided on your age and profitability.

If you are too old and your earning capacity and usefulness is no longer viable for any reason, age just being one, they will just let you die. This will be extended to patenting human DNA and you will have to get authorization to have children. All human DNA will be owned and controlled by these corporations.

They will no doubt also include micro chip ID passes where depending on where you fit in the grid, you will only be allowed to move between certain areas and in other areas you will be denied access. An Apartheid system. Because, you are corporate property. And as such you have no rights. Detention without trial will become the norm.

Time is running out. Take action:

STOP THE TPP!

Anonymous Message Sent Via An Open Letter to Donald Trump

Thanks to Jean Haines of Co-Creating Our Future on Planet Earth for this find, and to ConspiracyClub.co for posting this. Re-posting (not in endorsement of Donald Trump/or anyone else) to highlight the disclosure re. 9/11 as well as current insights into the “plot to destroy America” President John F. Kennedy warned so long ago about, including the TPP and the US arming of ISIS/ISIL/IS.

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An OPEN LETTER To Donald Trump

Dear Donald Trump,

Greetings from the 50 States and other Territories.  We acknowledge your unrivaled courage and honor your many initiatives to reveal the facts.  Thank you!  We extend our sincere gratitude to you and your family for being a source of truth and light in the political darkness of falsehood and deception.

First and foremost we are addressing you as the only open and honest presidential candidate throughout the current campaign season.  This nation has not seen any presidential aspirant so transparent and forthcoming as you have been.  Please know that were it not for your quite politically incorrect posture, this letter would not have been written.

Many Americans have been particularly impressed by your willingness in the past to challenge Barack Obama on his ‘missing’ birth certificate.  Only through your persistent efforts did the ‘president’ finally post a forged and fraudulent copy of his fake birth certificate on the official WhiteHouse.gov website.  In so doing he and his co-conspirators have committed a number of serious felonies.

As you well know, this criminal matter was professionally investigated by Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  He and his officially appointed Cold Case Posse determined that the copy of Obama’s posted birth certificate was a categorical forgery and fabricated document.  This final and irrefutable conclusion was made by a number of highly experienced electronic document experts whose forensic investigation of this matter has not been contested by a single professional in the field.

Now, here we are almost one year away from President Obama completing his second term.  You know that we have a proven imposter in the White House.  As you have repeatedly pointed out, not only has he profoundly betrayed the American people, his actions in Syria smack of outright treason.  That’s right, most of us firmly believe that funding and arming ISIS is both unlawful and treasonous.  Especially when the ISIL terrorist network routinely executes Christians and wipes out Christian communities across the Middle East are Obama’s criminal actions all the more reprehensible and traitorous, deplorable and outrageous.

This brings us to the purpose of this open letter.  President Obama has demonstrated that he is simply incapable of leadership.  It has become painfully obvious to most that true presidential authority has not been invested in him; therefore, he is unable to execute the responsibilities of his high office.  His real masters will not permit him to do so. Consequently he is being methodically used to execute an agenda that is intent on destroying the United States of America.  This clandestine plot must be exposed before he leaves office.  Not after; rather, BEFORE HE LEAVES OFFICE.  This is imperative for a variety of reasons.

Why?  What is so critical that the next president cannot address and remedy.

Let’s be very real.  Those who selected Obama decades ago to be the President of the USA during this crucial period of the American Republic installed him to implement a very specific and covert agenda.  They are getting dangerously close to the completion of that agenda with the unlawful passing of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).  Negotiated with the utmost secrecy, both of these trade agreements, together with the TPA (Trade Promotion Authority), have greatly undermined U.S. sovereignty and betrayed the American people.

Surely you know where we are going with this.  The Republican side has only abetted Obama in the passing of these disastrous trade agreements.  Hence, the only way to show the U.S. citizenry that they have been terribly deceived and wronged by the President and the Congress is to use your campaign platform as the Republican frontrunner.  No matter who is elected president in 2016, they will essentially be powerless to revisit these scandalous trade agreements in 2017.

Which brings us to the real reason that we are writing this letter of support and encouragement.

You were recently quoted whereby you pointed out that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 occurred on the watch of George W. Bush.  As you well know, the Bush Administration not only covered up the U.S. Government conspiracy which perpetrated those false flag attacks, there are now volumes of evidence available which prove their direct complicity. There are those key members of the previous Clinton Administration who also appear to have helped lay the groundwork for that highly consequential false flag operation.

Let’s face it — it all comes down to 9/11.  Everyone knows that that day’s events have radically changed the destiny of this nation, as well as of the world-at-large.  Just look at Syria … at Iraq … at Afghanistan … at Pakistan … at Libya … at Yemen … at Egypt … at Palestine … at Lebanon … at Iran and at the Ukraine.  Look at most of Africa, where resource wars dominate the landscape. Each of these naked wars of aggression has been waged by a Noble Peace Prize winner. It has even been reported that the world has seen the first instance where one Nobel Peace Prize winner has bombed another prize winner!  And, that the US Military knew exactly what they were bombing in advance—the Kunduz Hospital in Afghanistan.

That’s exactly where we are at this late date in 2015.  An extremely sad state of affairs indeed.  All because of the 9/11 false flag attacks perpetrated by rogue elements within the U.S. government.  You know exactly who they are as their names and roles have been splattered all over the internet. Just like you knew Obama’s birth certificate was a complete and total fraud.

The key issue regarding 9/11 is that a worldwide War on Terror was fraudulently declared by Washington.  The world community of nations has subsequently felt the wrath and warmongering unleashed by the CIA, NSA, DIA and U.S. Armed Forces. Needless to say, it is the USA, along with its close collaborators throughout the Anglo-American Axis (AAA), which has been responsible for maintaining and promoting a regime of state-sponsored terrorism across the entire planet since 9/11.  In other words, the CIA created Al-Qaeda just like the MOSSAD created ISIS.

What’s the point?

Because the mainstream media (MSM) has also conspired to cover up the state’s crimes committed on September 11, 2001, the 9/11 Truth Movement  has had a difficult time raising the awareness that is necessary for the truth to break out into the open.  The further away we get from September of 2001 the more challenging it will be to present the legal case to the American people.  However, this upcoming election has presented a unique opportunity for you to disclose some of the most significant facts … necessary details … and inconvenient truths.

Donald, you’re a New Yorker at heart.  Is there a single fellow New Yorker who doesn’t seriously doubt the 9/11 Commission Report?!  Virtually every U.S. citizen, who still possesses critical thinking skills, knows that the official government 9/11 investigation was the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.  Even those who say they still believe the government’s utterly ridiculous conspiracy theory now have their nagging doubts and serious misgivings.

When every NYC firefighter and policeman knows that the Twin Towers could only have come down by way of an inside job, who in the Big Apple doesn’t know the real deal? Hence, you know that the greater New York metropolitan area would support your call to reopen the 9/11 investigation—NOW!  The rest of the country would then follow suit, as many are now livid with rage and beside themselves with frustration.  That countless career criminals within the U.S. Federal Government were allowed to get away with the 9/11 false flag attacks, and then use that false flag operation to terrorize the world community of nations, is simply too much for most to bear.  They’re pissed and getting more peeved by the day.  Certainly you and your team comprehend the sheer enormity and profundity of this unresolved tragedy.

Look it, the American people intuitively know that it all comes down to 9/11.  It is the great litmus test for every politician in the future.  You can either be the one who blows it wide open or consign yourself to being another untrustworthy politician.  If you fail to open the case of 9/11, you will fail to earn the respect of your biggest constituency.  Who among us does not know practically every detail of the 9/11 scam and betrayal after 14 years of research and investigation?

Our Best Recommendation:

Just like Ron Paul has used his presidential campaigns to educate the American people about the Federal Reserve, the IRS, the USA’s perpetual war economy, you can likewise enlighten the electorate about 9/11.  While Congressman Paul has functioned as a 21st century version of Thomas Paine, you might issue an indictment much like Thomas Jefferson did with the Declaration of Independence (DOC).  Most are unaware that the DOC is perhaps the most scathing indictment of its kind issued against the British Crown and King George III, in particular.

Whereas Ron Paul became an “internet pamphleteer”, you might shift your focus away from attacking your current competitors and direct your accusations toward the current monarch—the despotic King Obama.  His entire administration is every bit as tyrannical and oppressive as the English were in the 1770s.  They have also acted with a lawlessness and impunity never seen in U.S. history.  Quite frankly, many feel that the Obama regime must be prosecuted before they take the unprecedented initiative to repeal the 2nd Amendment.  As you are fully aware, that is their next goal.

You must know by now that if you proceed down this road of using your powerful (and God-given) platform for substantive revelation, the American people will stand behind you. The MSM will only tear you down more, but who cares.  They’re just as guilty for deliberately covering up the crimes of 9/11.  There are still those few patriots in the MSM who will use every method and device to disseminate your truth-telling, should you really go full-bore on 9/11 and other unspeakable truths.

Lastly, we would strongly suggest that you speak to your daughter Ivanka about the upcoming Year of the Fire Monkey.  She is fully aware that 2016 is not only the ChineseYear of the Fire Monkey, and that Pluto is still cruising through Capricorn.  The last time that these two events occurred in the same year was in 1776, and it only happens once every 245 years.  She will fill you in about how the powerful energies of the whole universe are now converging to assist those who stand in integrity by telling the truth.  And, by acting for the greatest good of all.

Look at President Vladimir Putin if you want to see truth in action.  The boys in D.C., especially the G-men at Langley, don’t know how to deal with his righteous governance and wise approach to international affairs.  Putin completely befuddles them by simply acting in the best interest of the world.  That — right there — is Putin’s secret.  If you resolve yourself to govern in the best interest of the global community the Universe will support you.  If you don’t follow this Golden Rule of good government, you will be heckled and hounded at every turn.  And you know it will be a heckuva lot more difficult sitting in the Oval Office than it is right now, as you’ll be in their crosshairs (both literally and figuratively) every moment of every day for four long years.

Therefore, the single best way to turn the tables on these duplicitous turncoats and homegrown terrorists is to go on the offensive … just like Putin did in Syria.  Look at the massive revelations that have emerged from Russia’s relentless bombing of The Three Stooges — ISIS, ISIL & the IS.  Yeah, everyone knows they’re the exact same entity funded and financed, armed and equipped by the good ole USA!  The point here is that by going ballistic on the whole DC-coordinated scam, Putin’s Russia has blown it all up.

Dear Donald, do you now get the strategy that is being highly suggested?  It is time to go ballistic.  You know the best defense is a “shock and awe” offense, just like Putin is doing in Syria.  Obama & Company is now essentially powerless in the Mideast and will be for the foreseeable future.  The whole Mideast geopolitical chessboard was completely rearranged in just a few days time by Putin et al.

With other Republican candidates now trying to take you down — HARD — like Rand Paul, the intensity will only ratchet up by the day.  Now, or very soon, is the time to turn the tables on them.  You’ve dealt with many sociopaths long enough throughout the Manhattan real estate market.  You know that you’re dealing with a group of hardened, criminally insane psychopaths that only understands one language.  Only by the grace of God were you gifted with such a career to learn their language.   It took the Kremlin many years to understand this, partly because of their vastly different language, but once Putin’s team got it, they’ve never looked back.

May God bless you and shower His grace upon your valiant efforts.

Very sincerely,

Anonymous, Citizens of the USA
October 17, 2015

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Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Being Denied Medical Care/Please Speak Out

New petition from The Everyday Concerned Citizen posted online at Change.Org for Julian Assange to be permitted medical care, please sign.

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Graphic from Justice For Assange.

Petition text:

Tell the UK Govt. They Must Permit Julian Assange a Hospital Visit for MRI, Treatment

julianAn Oct 14 press release from Justice for Assange reveals that Julian Assange of Wikileaks who has been under the protection of Ecuador at their embassy in London for over 3 years (under threat of extradition from the UK to the US) has a serious health issue and requires diagnostic treatment at a hospital. A letter from Assange’s UK doctor reports “he is in constant and severe pain, which is growing worse and has been present since June 2015. The doctor stated that an MRI scan needs to be performed. This can only be carried out in a hospital.

The press release goes on to say, “Dr. Wood’s letter dated 14 August 2015 states: “He has been suffering with a constant pain to the right shoulder region for the past three months [since June 2015]. There is no history of acute injury to the area. […] I examined him and all movements of his shoulder (abduction, internal rotation and external rotation) are limited due to pain. I am unable to elicit the exact cause of his symptoms without the benefit of further diagnostic tests, [including] MRI.”

The cause is unknown. There was no fall or injury. The source of the medical condition can only be diagnosed with hospital equipment that cannot be brought into the embassy due to size and weight.

Ecuador wrote to the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on 30 September 2015 to request that Mr. Assange be permitted to go to the hospital under conditions agreed upon by UK and Ecuador (“they can guard the car with 10.000 police officers if they wish”). The safe passage would be for a few hours in order to allow Mr. Assange to be able to have medical tests undertaken and in order to diagnose the cause.

The UK FCO replied on 12 October that it would not permit the safe passage to the hospital for purposes of medical tests.”

Please see the full account and press release at Justice4assange.com.

Please speak out and ask the Prime Minister of Britain to step up and act humanely and responsibly in this situation and immediately make arrangements to permit Julian Assange to visit a hospital for the medical diagnosis and treatment he needs. To all intents and purposes, he is being held as a political prisoner in the UK, and the UK would be contravening the Geneva Convention and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and every national and international coda of human rights by denying basic medical care to a prisoner.

In his unwavering pursuit of truth, as Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have exposed hidden information on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, active deception as revealed in US diplomatic cables, and continue to expose information vital to all peoples of the world, including the text of the most-secret TPP document, he has brought us to a more awakened world where more of us are focused on pursuing and supporting truth, transparency, and justice. Please speak out for someone who has unstintingly spoken out for all of us. Julian Assange needs medical care today, and he needs our advocacy. Please sign to make your voice heard.

The TPP–Fast-Tracked & Now Finalized Despite Massive Opposition: What’s Left For Us to Do

Have we all woken to the sad but stark truth of what is happening today in the USA, and in the world…our voices are continually being marginalized, if not just being erased, by the corporatists:

According to Sum of Us: “In spite of millions of us coming together, our representatives have ignored our voices and just finalised text for the disastrous TPP deal.”

Petitions, Slogans

It seems like we’ve been fighting the TPP forever! But here we go again.

Sum of Us offers hope: “Every one of the 12 TPP countries still has to ratify the deal before it goes into force, which means there’s still a great chance for us to stop it.

Please sign their petition here–Say No to the TPP!

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

“Now, the deal is finally done and the text still won’t be available for another 30 days.

Well enough’s enough. The time for whitepapers and presentations is past. The USTR has failed us, so now it’s time for the public to rise up and take their message about the TPP’s threats to user rights to Congress, which has the ultimate authority to approve or reject the deal for the United States. To be effective we’ll need to deliver that message in terms that are clear, and in-your-face—literally. So, that’s what we’re planning: to display signs and banners about how the TPP threatens digital rights and freedoms around the world, during demonstrations that are to be held in Washington, DC from November 14 to 18, 2015, while trade ministers are attending an APEC meeting in the Philippines.”

They are running a campaign to find effective slogans for banners via tweets:

“We don’t want to just tell Congress what EFF thinks about the TPP. We specifically want them to know what you think. So, we’re crowdsourcing the production of messages that you’d like us to use on the placards that we take to Washington, DC. You can contribute your messages via Twitter by quoting this tweet. (Not sure how to quote a tweet? Click the Retweet icon under the post, then type your message in the “Add a comment” field, then click the Retweet button.)”

Please visit their site for more information.

Reminder re. TPP

In case you’d forgotten, the TPP is the secret deal negotiated in secret, finalized in secret, viewed by Congress in secret, fast-tracked in June despite all our protests and petitions–and leaked in part by Wikileaks, but with most of the text still being secret. People don’t know exactly what’s in it, and many governments don’t either, apparently–it’s the multinational corporations who are fighting to have their way over cheap labor, monopolies on expensive drugs, patents on everything, suing governments over access to their own natural resources, even at the very local level, so people will no longer have control over their own food, water, or medicines, privatizing water, gagging protesters and forbidding protests, censoring journalists, activists, and whistleblowers, censoring the Internet, and other unbelievable licenses and violations and rollbacks of rights, who were sitting at the negotiating table.

This means elections, people, Constitutions, governments won’t matter–multinational corporations and their own self-reflecting private trade “tribunals” will. A cause for concern for all countries, worldwide, whose governments are caving in to the TPP.  Please see these posts and videos for more reminding information:

Brief video from Wikileaks:

Detailed article linked from Co-Creating Our Future on Planet Earth: RT: What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Why You Should Care

Brief video from 2013, from Flush the TPP.org on how corporations like Walmart helped write the TPP:

Brief video from June 2015 from StormCloudsGathering:

Video from June 2015 from AMTV, Christopher Greene:

The Pen: Action Page: The Trans Pacific Partnership is Toxic and They Know It

Posting The Pen’s new letter and call to action re. TPP: Please click on the action page link below and sign to send a note to your Congress reps. and local newspaper.

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Dear —-,

We are having an amazing impact on defeating the so-called Trans
Pacific Partnership, but only because tens of thousands of our own
participants, and many others, continue to speak out against it every
chance we get.

And we know we’re having an impact because John Boehner was on TV
Sunday morning literally begging for Hillary Clinton to throw her
support to it. Imagine that, begging for Democrats to help support
this toxic turkey, so fewer Republicans have to suffer the inevitable
blowback. Does this mean he would support Hillary Clinton for
president in return?

If you need to know more about why this thing is so bad, please read
the link in the petition text on the action page itself below about
the ties to multi-national corporations.

So let’s keep submitting and keep the pressure on:

TPP Is Toxic Action Page: http://www.peaceteam.net/tpp_toxic.php

And here is the petition text:

This last weekend the House Majority Leader said this on Meet The
Press about the so-called Trans Pacific Partnership:

“We’ve got the majority here in the House and the Senate, but we
can’t do this by ourselves.”

Since when did a party in total control of Congress not have the
power to pass anything they want?

And the answer is, since someone tried to browbeat members of the
House in particular into passing one of the most repulsive and
deceptive measures ever, to abdicate all meaningful congressional
authority over trade policy, and by top secret agreement to surrender
the interests of the American people to the tender mercies of
multi-national corporations.

This is one toxic hot potato. Drop it. And leave it dropped.

—END PETITION TEXT—

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Celebrate Chinese New Year, Malcolm X/Speak Out Against War, the Patriot Act, Endless Spying, the TPP

News & Views

It’s Chinese New Year–either today or on Feb 21–according to various sources–which latter is also Malcolm X’s birthday.

Chris Hedges has an article on Malcolm X and his vision for the end of capitalism, his life, his views on truth and freedom at Black Agenda Report (originally at TruthDig): Malcolm X was Right About America

Adam Curtis has a (few minutes long) short film looking back at 2014, worth revisiting now in February, at the cusp of a New Year, on Non-Linear Warfare: A New System of Political Control, all about “contradictory stories” fed to us so no coherent narrative of protest can form.

Electronic Frontier Fund‘s Year in Review, by Nadia Kayyali and Mark Rumold, all about NSA Spying and about EFF’s fight to bring secrets to light:What We Learned About NSA Spying in 2014…

Here’s a peek into the year ahead through the lens of astrology–wasn’t it the Catholic Church which stripped astrology from astronomy sometime in the Middle Ages (and yet the Pope’s hat has symbols from astrology on it) from Simon Vorster at Wake Up World–and it’s reassuring and rejuvenating–Yes, it’s the Year of the Sheep! 2015 in Astrology: The Year of Manifestation

Happy New Year! Let’s hope this is indeed the year the Sheep rise. Change in the world depends on us. Every action we take makes a ripple in the universe. Let’s make those ripples count…

Act Now to End the Patriot Act, Stop Mass Surveillance, End Spying

This from Defending Dissent, drop in at the link below to send a letter: The USA PATRIOT Act granted the government powerful new spying capabilities that have grown out of control—but Section 215, the provision that the FBI and NSA have been using to collect the phone records of millions of innocent people, expires on June 1.

This is an important opportunity for us to demand reform.

Tell Congress: it’s time to end out-of-control spying. Do not reauthorize Section 215!

Rise Up Against War & EverMore War

A whole coalition of anti-war groups are joining together to hold a No-War intervention in DC this spring. The Soapbox People’s Network has the scoop:

““Spring Rising” is four days of creative resistance; theater, teach-ins; rallies and marches marking the anniversary of the United States’ “shock and awe” attack on Iraq and its invasion and occupation in a completely illegitimate, immoral war.  Together we will use this time to oppose the plans and calls for growing military intervention.

As we send this invitation to you the Congress is calling for more war. The President has just told us a new global “war on terror” may be unlimited in space and time.

  • Are you, like us, stunned and enraged by more war on the world?
  • Did you or your organization join in the protests against police violence and murder, because Black Lives Matter?
  • Are you with the Dreamers working for rights for all people to live without fear?
  • Are you one of the many who have dropped everything to protest the global destruction of the environment because of our dependence on fossil fuels which is also a reason for our wars?
  • Are you agonized over the ongoing U.S. military support for Israel, the recent killing of 2,000 Arab men, women, and children last summer in Gaza?
  • Are you furious about the killing and terrorizing of Muslims in the U.S?

Then, join us! Your participation in Spring Rising is urgently needed now to organize protests, participate in teach-ins and to put your art and performance on mass display. Together we can create the vibrant resistance needed to show that terrorizing the world is not in our interest and “not in our name.”” Click Cindy Sheehan’s site link here for more.

Sign World Beyond Wars wonderful Declaration of Peace here.

Join Peace Action to send a letter to Congress telling the President you don’t want to fund a new war against ISIL or anyone else: Stop Endless War

Speak out against the TPP

Currently, the White House is sending around an email & video lauding the TPP as “progressive” and emblematic of “Trade in the Twenty-First Century” & crucial in efforts to boost small businesses in America which export and trade worldwide. However, Public Citizen informs us otherwise:

“The Obama administration also has used this sales pitch, often on the basis that the majority of U.S. exporters are small and medium enterprises (SMEs). But that fuzzy logic ignores the fact that 99.7 percent of all U.S. firms qualify as SMEs — while only 3 percent of those are exporters.*

This means that even if the TPP actually were to succeed in boosting exports — which similar pacts have not done — it is large corporations that would disproportionately benefit, not small businesses.”

Let’s not forget the TPP is being conducted In Secret, In Secrecy. Attempts are being made to pass laws In Secret. Only 500 corporate representatives from corporations worldwide are in on it. Not America’s small businesses. Not everyday Americans. The broad scope of TPP is known, but the exact rules being made are being made in secret. Why on earth would any of us ask our Congress representatives to vote on something we don’t know anything–or enough–about? That alone should stop us in our tracks.

Once more, several groups are calling on us to call our members of Congress to make sure they know US citizens are not interested in a secret deal which promises big corporations carte blanche both here domestically in the US and worldwide, and threatens to destroy the autonomy of local and state governments, in addition to governments worldwide, send More American jobs abroad, stifle citizen expression, and gag journalists, whistleblowers, and activists, while stealing natural resources and foisting monopolies on us. Check in here at Public Citizen or MoveOn or Electronic Frontier Fund or Friends of the Earth or all of them, to send letters online automatically to your Congressperson, call, or sign a petition. If TPP is fast-tracked, we might as well ask Congress to vacate. Or vacation. Indefinitely.

Public Citizen’s information page on TPP

Electronic Frontier Fund‘s information page on TPP

MoveOn‘s 3-minute video on TPP, which went viral : What Happens if TPP is Fast-Tracked & Passed

Staff article on TPP at The Daily Bell: As TPP Sails Forth, it Drags the West into Uncharted Waters