3,146,398. That's the number of people who, at last count, were part of projections lighting up key buildings in Washington, D.C. last night with messages against TPP secrecy. The international Stop The Secrecy campaign registered a huge victory and sent a clear message to negotiators that fast tracking the deal would meet with opposition. A lot of it.
Now, US Senator Ron Wyden, an important player in the Democratic party, has come out against trade secrecy saying, "Bringing the American people into full and open debates on trade agreements that have the effect of law is not too much to ask.” No kidding.
StopTheSecrecy.net is still collecting signatures or show your support by sharing the good news and help it go viral.
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Sandy is part of The Corporation's grassroots team and has been working on the film's outreach efforts since 2003.|
At a recent conference in Vancouver, I met a Corporation fan and we got into a very interesting discussion about mining in Canada, and "the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID)" that has recently been formed at the University of British Columbia.
|David Ng is a Hello Cool World veteran with experience going back a decade. David first worked with us when he was just 14 years old as a participant in the youth advisory group for the sexual health education program Condomania. Now an accomplished videographer passionate about the issues of gender and power, he is currently on sabbatical in South Africa while he pursues a Masters in Gender Studies with a focus on international developme|
One of our volunteers, Jennifer Slattery, is heading back to the Occupy Wall Street site in New York and will be reporting live via twitter. Check back frequently to see what is going on at #OWS! There will be a LIVE "Occupy Your Future" twitter feed where you will be able to see what is happening on the ground at #OWS.
After a long winter, it's time to go back to Wall St. for this activist. And I am very excited about the first action I will be attending this Spring:
To commemorate its 25th anniversary, ACT UP (the activist group that took on AIDS issues in the 80's) will team up with Occupy Wall Street to hold a massive demonstration and march on Wall Street. Why Wall Street? Because the corruption of the corporate class has a ripple effect throughout our society that goes far beyond jobs, and debt. The crisis they cause leads to human suffering. On Wednesday, April 25 we will gather at City Hall and march on Wall Street. Act Up, in many ways, served as a model for the Occupy movement's leaderless, non-violent, and creative, direct action tactics. It is an honor to not only carry on their fight, but to have them stand beside us, and teach us from within our own ranks.
When I first arrived at Liberty Square six months ago, reporters asked me what real solutions I personally wanted to be achieved by protesting. My answer, repeatedly, was the need for a Financial Transaction Tax. None of the reporters ever printed my answer, instead running the same lie over and over for months: no one at Occupy has any ideas, no solutions. That was a lie, and I know because I heard many others talking about the same thing. We never stopped talking about it, and the media may choose to ignore us, but we will only get louder. A "Financial Speculation Tax" (Fi.S.T.) on Wall Street will be our rallying cry with Act Up on the 25th.
|Jennifer Slattery is a dedicated human rights activist, former private investigator, and a member of the Occupy Movement. She lives in NY, and would be happy to answer any and all questions you might have: email@example.com|
Make Corporations Pay Back What They Stole on Feb.26!
Wisconsin is currently acting as the front lines in a push back for workers' rights that sees the state government trying to rip up collective bargaining as a budget balancing measure, or at least that's what they're calling it. More likely, it's the Shock Doctrine in action as an ideologically driven right-wing leader tries to ram through unpopular measures using the economy as cover, the hell with democracy.
There's a lot of things wrong with this picture and it seems clear there is a political agenda at work that is completely divorced from dollars and sense. (Alternet and Huffington Post are keeping tabs on the action and have good coverage.)
But the good news is that it has clearly hit a nerve and solidarity actions are emerging across the country. People seem to have hit their breaking point and are fed up with corporations and the rich getting handouts while everyone else gets the shaft. All this has helped gain support for a new movement to call out corporate tax dodgers: USUncut.
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Oh, The Corporation! One of the things I have always noted is the staying power of this film. Yes, it's the "film that wouldn't die," quips Mark Achbar, who still seems surprised by this. Surprise, and fatigue after all these years notwithstanding, he's gone on to support a lot more films through The Corporation's influence.
Katherine Dodds AKA "Kat" is the founder of HelloCoolWorld.com, the grassroots team behind The Corporation, and is featured in a "Grassroots Marketing" segment on The Corporation DVD set. She is dedicated to harnessing the power of the film to rein in corporate abuse through the development of the Campaign 4 Corporate Harm Reduction. |