President Obama spent just 28 seconds on the TPP in his State of the Union (SOTU) on Tuesday, January 12. If you listened carefully to his speech, much of what he wants to accomplish in his last year will be negated if the TPP is approved by Congress. Clearly, Obama didn't want to stir up more opposition than there is now. Even so, just before the President's address, Mayor Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh, PA broke with Obama and came out against the TPP.
So sisters, time to stir it up!
Here's the call to action
On February 4 it is expected President Obama and the other 11 TPP heads of state will sign the TPP in Aukland, New Zealand.
Plan now for February 4
TPP=BETRAYAL - NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
Raise awareness about the TPP. Choose a location and highlight the issues that are best for your community. Find a creative way to get attention and hold signs high. Please send pictures and a short report to nancytprice39 [at] gmail.com for the eNews.
Check out where to join your WILPF sisters in already planned actions across the country here.
February 14-21: President's Day Congressional Recess
There is mixed information about the Congressional vote count at present and when President Obama, knowing he has the votes, would submit the TPP to Congress.
Your job, now, is to keep the vote count in the "NO" column.
It's time to nail down your Congressperson's vote.
Make an appointment soon to meet with your Representative in District.
Take some members of allied groups. If your Congressperson was against Fast Track make sure he/she is against the TPP. For others who were "yes" on Fast Track and those who are wavering on the TPP, ask if he/she has read the almost 6,000 pages of text and why they would support it...tell them why you and your colleagues are opposed and ask for a "No" vote.