78PROGRAMS – ONGOING & PRIOR YEARS’ EMPHASIS
- Trans Pacific Partnership
- Anti Human Trafficking – Legal/Legislative & Awareness
- Anti Artic Oil Drilling
TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP
CLICK THE ABOVE HEADING TO SEE THE POWERPOINT!!
Rachel Glass, WSDW’s Vice Chair an ….. opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, when asked shared the following points resulting from the Powerpoint seem above and the discussion following:
These are a few I can think of, off the top of my head (not necessarily in any particular order–they’re all dangerous, scary and carry heavy ramifications):
1. The high level of secrecy (the full text of the TPP document sits in a locked room normally used for top-secret hearings; senators and congressfolk may not take aides in the room with them to read the ~1000-page document; cannot take notes; cannot talk to their constituents, media, etc. about the document; face jail time if they talk about it to ANYONE. Democracy? Apparently, no.
2. The ability of a corporation to sue any of the 12 countries in the TPP, whose rules and regulations might “hinder the potential future profits” of said company (this means the US government as well could be sued or fined by a corporation if they feel our current rules and regulations protecting our people and environment may hinder their profits!!). Fear of litigation could cause countries to weaken or eliminate their own safety rules and regulations in order to avoid lawsuits!
3. The TPP was drafted by leaders of the 12 participating countries with the significant input of as many as 600 transnational corporations, and very little input from labor or environmental groups. Again, scant representation of We The People.
4. There is a provision in the TPP that prohibits any ability for discussion or mention of climate change, when discussing or negotiating trade issues (if adopted, this provision would stand as precedent in the creation of future trade treaties with other countries). Dangerous implications, allowing corporations to run roughshod and unfettered over the planet!
5. The provision that would give aid to workers whose jobs are lost due to trade (TAA), was taken away when the House and Senate voted NO on it, meaning that now there would be NO safety nets for workers if jobs get outsourced, and no recourse that workers can take if they lose their jobs due to the TPP. The fact that the original negotiations built a provision in to help workers who lose their jobs due to trade, means the authors of the treaty are fully aware that jobs WILL be lost to trade and are preparing for it.
6. The House and Senate voluntarily voted YES on giving Fast Track Authority to the President to negotiate global trade issues, effectively relinquishing any meaningful oversight from the Legislative branch, since the Fast Track provision will now apply to any future trade agreement. By doing this, senators and congressfolk are giving away their constitutional authority (bestowed by the US Constitution’s ‘checks and balances’ principle) and are creating an exclusive concentration of power in the Executive branch when it comes to global trade. This is undemocratic at its core and weakens the safety nets that protect We The People in any and all future trade decisions (job security, labor issues, workplace safety, environmental safety, civil rights, human rights, etc.).
The House and Senate will be voting on passing the TPP in the next 4-5 months! This “trade” agreement is bad news for workers world-wide and for the planet! Our best way to block it is to let our Senators and Congressfolk know that we want them to VOTE NO on the TPP! Our loud voices DO make a difference.
Currently, the people of Europe are already protesting in a loud and clear way that they are AGAINST a similar pro-corporation-style treaty between the US and Europe. Let’s make that kind of stand in our country AGAINST The TPP!
Make calls and write letters, and spread the word to everyone you know to do the same!
ANTI HUMAN TRAFFICKING-LEGAL/LEGISLATIVE & AWARENESS EFFORT
A. As a member on the UW Women’s Center Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce:
- Creation and maintenance of a listserv of volunteers knowledgeable about human trafficking issues and who are available to participate in anti-human trafficking advocacy.
- Provide support for the 2015 International Human Trafficking Conference to be held in November at the University of Washington. Basic purpose (much more will develop) is to provide a platform to focus and educate community on non-sex labor and venue for recommendations/action plan.
ROOT AND LEGISLATIVE CAUSES TO GREATER HUMAN TRAFFICKING:
- TRADE AGREEMENTS SUCH AS NAFTA & THE TPP.
- Basic Into to the North American Free Trade Agreement “NAFTA” — In 1994 this trade agreement which created one of the largest world’s largest free trade zones was defined as laying the foundations for strong economic growth and rising prosperity for Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
- Basic Intro to the “Trans Pacific Partnership aka TPP”.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed regional regulatory and investment treaty. As of 2014[update] twelve countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region have participated in negotiations on the TPP: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam.
The proposed agreement began in 2005 as the Trans-Pacific Strategic Partnership Agreement (TPSEP or P4). Participating countries set the goal of wrapping up negotiations in 2012, but contentious issues such as agriculture, intellectual property, and services and investments have caused negotiations to continue into the present, with the last round meeting in Ottawa from 3–12 July 2014. Implementation of the TPP is one of the primary goals of the trade agenda of the Obama administration in the United States of America.
On 12 November 2011 the nine Trans-Pacific Partnership countries announced that the TPP intended to “enhance trade and investment among the TPP partner countries, to promote innovation, economic growth and development, and to support the creation and retention of jobs.” Global health professionals, internet freedom activists, environmentalists, organized labor, advocacy groups, and elected officials have criticized and protested the negotiations, in large part because of the proceedings’ secrecy, the agreement’s expansive scope, and controversial clauses in drafts leaked to the public.
- SOME COMMENTS & CONCERNS ………………………..
Twenty years ago, as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was coming into force, the nation had high hopes. The trade pact’s backers promised tens of thousands of new high-paying jobs, lower prices for consumers, and an export-driven renaissance for American manufacturing.
NAFTA’s legacy, tragically, bears no resemblance to these promises.
In the two decades since the agreement came into existence, the U.S. has lost nearly 5 million manufacturing jobs, and my home state of Michigan has lost one out of three jobs in this essential sector. America’s trade deficit with Mexico and Canada ballooned from $27 billion to $177 billion, and economic inequality has risen to record levels.
Right now, as Wall Street and Washington seek to drag the American people into a massive new trade agreement with 11 Pacific Rim nations, Congress must keep the dreadful legacy of NAFTA in mind.
The new Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) — an agreement between the U.S. and Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam — has rightfully been called “NAFTA on steroids.” The 11-nation trade deal would force Americans to compete against workers from developing nations like Vietnam, where the minimum wage is less than 60 cents per hour.
Much like NAFTA, the TPP has more to do with big-business protectionism than with genuine free trade. Of TPP’s 29 sections, only five relate to traditional trade issues like lowering tariffs. The rest of the chapters seek to limit the powers of governments to protect the safety of food, medicines, and the environment, as well as to forestallgovernments from implementing financial regulations of the sort that are needed to safeguard taxpayer money from bank bailouts. Most damaging of all, the TPP would create new incentives for corporations to ship jobs overseas and would forbid governments from using strategies like “Buy American” provisions that keep jobs in our country.
But the TPP is only part of the problem. This same failed NAFTA model is being replicated yet again though a massive new Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) with Europe. Like NAFTA and the TPP, this proposed agreement would empower corporations to offshore jobs, attack U.S. and Michigan consumer protections, and sue taxpayers.
Thankfully, there’s a way to stop these deals. Because they contain individual provisions that are harmful to every group of Americans — from farmers to factory workers — the agreements will almost certainly be amended beyond recognition once they’re debated openly in Congress, forcing international negotiators back to the drawing board. That’s why the agreements’ backers are pushing for a special legislative procedure known as Trade Promotion Authority, or “Fast Track,” to remove Congress’s power to decide on the content of trade agreements. Fast Track would prevent Congress from being able to fully debate and amend the TPP or TAFTA and would force lawmakers to consider the agreements under expedited timetables. Because Congress has constitutional authority over trade policy, members of the House and Senate have a sacred obligation not only to stop these destructive deals but to stop the usurpation of their constitutionally granted powers. By rejecting Fast Track, we can defeat the TPP and TAFTA.
In this era of partisanship and gridlock, the fight for fair trade is an extraordinary opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to come together. In the last Congress,178 lawmakers from both parties signed letters expressing strong opposition to Fast Track. In the weeks ahead we will work to build on this support. Protecting American workers, consumers, and taxpayers from foreign lawsuits and a regulatory race to the bottom isn’t liberal or conservative; it’s simple common sense.
- Concern for the effects on human health from the Health Community
B. ANTI HT – THE AWARENESS EFFORT!
(Revised Jan 19, 2015)
Everyone is encouraged to join WSDW at there January evening Membership Meeting this Thursday the 22nd where the program will be the Anti-Human Trafficking Program its sponsored throughout this last year in the greater West Seattle area. It will also be a celebration honoring those who have participated in the two year awareness effort. Also, a brief intro of the 2nd phase of WSDW Anti-Human Trafficking effort will be shared! Everyone is welcomed!!
Chair Elizabeth Heath wanted to share the following report:
HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS PROJECT 2014
Burma Shave Sign Holders – # Times Participated
Elizabeth Heath – 6
Sonia Glenn – 3
Peggy Abby – 3
Ann Martin – 3
Theresa McCormick – 2
Roberta Reed – 2
Mary Fisher – 2
Flora Belle Key – 2
Marcia Olson – 2
Libby Carr – 2
Rachel Glass – 1
Maia Glass – 1
Julia Gramm – 1
Sid Hoover – 1
Kristina Dahl –
Tessa Sirfale – 1
REASONS TO CELEBRATE!!
Below are dates & times of some of the locations where WSDW sponsored Anti-Human Trafficking Programs. The Hosts are indicated as well:
January 22, 2015 – Anti Human Trafficking Program, WSDW Membership Meeting @ West Seattle Golf Course w/Robert Beiser, Seattle Against Slavery
January 11, 2015 - Anti Human Trafficking Program, Peace Lutheran Church
December 9, 2014 - Rotary Luncheon at Salty's on Alki Beach w/Robert Beiser, Seattle Against Slavery.
November 9, 2014 - Westside Unitarian Universalist Church w/Robert Beiser, Seattle Against Slavery...this is the second time at WSUU....special invitation going to the teens in the congregation.
October 13, 2014 - West Seattle Senior Center w/Robert Beiser, Seattle Against Slavery
May 18, 2014 - Fauntleroy Church, Fellowship Hall on California Av SW w/Robert Beiser, Seattle Against Slavery and the movie “Chosen”!!
February 2, 2014 - Westside Unitarian Universalist Church w/Robert Beiser, Seattle Against Slavery
Jan 25, 2014 - Trafficking Awareness “Kick Off” Meeting @ SW Branch Seattle Public Library, 35th Av, w/State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, KCSD Detective Brian Taylor, and Robert Beiser, Dir. of Seattle Against Slavery and the movie “Chosen”!!
A BIT OF HISTORY ABOUT THE ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS COMMITTEE
WSDW in 2013 created its Human Trafficking Awareness Committee. The Committee task was to act as a facilitator using the expertise of qualified organizations to create a program for use within the greater West Seattle Community teaching how to recognize it in our community and, when recognized, what to do with that information. The community awareness meetings are hosted by various community organizations and speakers may include police detectives, Seattle Against Slavery, movies, etc.
Chair Elizabeth Heath recently reported May 28th…….After researching the subject of Human Trafficking for most of the year 2013 after its formation, the Human Trafficking Awareness Committee learned three important things that shaped its campaign.
1) Human Trafficking is a complex, multi-faceted issue and not something our committee members could become proficient about, given our busy lives. Fortunately, there are resources available, such as films produced by other organizations, and local experts to make presentations, such as Robert Beiser, Director of Seattle Against Slavery, and Bryan Taylor, Detective with King County Sheriff.
2) Human Trafficking is a global problem and a local problem. It does not just take place half-way around the world in Thailand, for example; it can and has happened right here in West Seattle.
3) When we learn about many issues, we can end up feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, and helpless. That’s not the case with Human Trafficking. There is much that we community members can do about it. We can report suspicious activity to the national hotline (888-3737-888); we can better inform ourselves about the issue and volunteer with local organizations that are addressing the problem; and we can we can contribute financially to help organizations which help spread awareness, provide victim services, and support legislation to fill in the current loopholes. We can be proud that Washington State has the best legislation on Human Trafficking as well as the best enforcement of the laws. And there is more to be done.
ANTI-ARTIC OIL DRILLING
ISSUE ON HOLD FOR THE TIME BEING – NOT PROFITABLE TO SHELL OIL – OIL TO INEXPENSIVE AT THIS TIME!