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1. Introductory Items – 15 minutes


a. Choose Facilitator


b. Choose Notetaker


c. Choose Timekeeper


d. Welcome and Intros


e. Agenda Review14


f. Choose Facilitator and Agenda Maker for Next meeting


g. Choose location for next meeting.




2. Reportback / Evaluation on Last Week’s Actions


– 5 minutes


a. Teach in at Occupy Town square


b. Eco-Cluster 3nd Meeting



3. Media Opportunities – 15 minutes


a. Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell


b. Pure Imagination Radio Show


c. Eunjoo Jung (Feb 9 & 10)


d. Jason Kim



4. Outreach Opportunities – 45 minutes


a.EcoCluster Meeting (February 18th) – 5 minutes


b. Occupy Town Square (February 25th) – 10 minutes


c. Commons Forum (February 16th-18th) – 15 minutes


d. Brooklyn Food Conference (submission deadline Feb 15, Conference


is May 12) – 15 minutes


e. Occupy Harlem Forum – 5 minutes



5. Actions – 20 minutes


a. Killings in Panama and Colombia


b. Occupy Our Food Supply (February 27th)



6. Web Collaboration Proposal from Global Justice WG Member – 10 minutes



7. Grassroots Housing Initiative: 10 min





For Future Meetings:



1. Self-Education


a. Reading Group: No Ordinary Deal Edited by Jane Kelsey




2. Outreach


a.New Labor/Social Justice Movements Panel @ NYU (Mar 21/22)


b. Brooklyn Peace Fair


c. Trade Justice issues: Film screenings at 56 Walker



3. Actions


a. Global Action To Disrupt The Business Of Pollution (March 23rd &24th)


b Crowley Town Hall Protest (April 11th)



4. 2012 Strategy Meeting



5. Political/Legislative Action


a. Congressional WTO Consumer Rights Pledge


b. New York State Labor and Trade Act



6. Relationship with OWS


a. OWS Email account – what should go to the list?


b. Collaboration with Global Justice Group


c. How Occupy Wall Street Trade Justice WG and TradeJustice NY Metro can work together.
d. participating in Spokescouncil and General Assembly.
e. permanent liaisons with other working groups
f. outreach to Neighborhood/Borough Occupations.








In Attendance




Bernie McAleer, NY Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador


Phil Josselyn, NY Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador


Gloria Florez


Adam Weissman, Global Justice for Animals and the Environment


Ruth Santana, Global Justice for Animals and the Environment


Jack, Occupy Wall Street


Darrell Prince, Occupy Wall Street




1. Introductory Items – 15 minutes


a. Choose Facilitator – Adam


b. Choose Notetaker – Ruth and Adam


c. Choose Timekeeper – Bernie


d. Welcome and Intros – Bernie, Jack, Ruth, Adam, Gloria


e. Agenda Review – no changes


f. Choose Facilitator and Agenda Maker for Next meeting – Adam makes agenda and Ruth facilitator


g. Choose location for next meeting.




2. Reportback / Evaluation on Last Week’s Actions


– 5 minutes




a. Teach in at Occupy Town Square




Gloria reports on Occupied Town Square’s teach in. Teach-in was attended by about 12 people in the beginning. After awhile, it started to dwindle down. Location was not too bad, but most people were more interested or distracted by the tables and other things going on in the room. There was music playing but bearable. People seemed interested in the subject:




Talking about the killings in Colombia and also the Panama indigenous killing and the displacement of people in both countries because of the land possession – people taking the land, people killed, people belong to the union killed over 3000 in last 30 years. Also displacement of Afro-Colombians in the Pacific Coast – very rich area. Metals, oil. Blame the government. Big army. Government rewards military to catch the guerillas – in reality kill civilians (false positives).




Jack discusses percentages of people being killed, does not know that Colombia has the highest rate of unionists killing in the world by squads possibly supported by the government. As of now The Supreme Court in Colombia is investigating members of congress in relation to this.




Leandra Requena did not participate in the teach in because she was sick and called to cancel. Ricardo Prado did not participate either and we did not know until we called him a few minutes before the teach in. He could not leave LI because of the weather.




b. Eco-Cluster 3nd Meeting




No one could attend because of the schedule conflict with the Occupied Town Square event



3. Media Opportunities – 15 minutes


a. Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell



@ Washington Square Jane Velez Mitchell saw Ruth and said she could air footage from the teach-in.



Ruth will contact Curtis to have the video added to YouTube so that Jane could revise it and see if some segments can be air in his show.




So far we have recorded 3 teach-ins.



b. Pure Imagination Radio Show



Talk to hosts about available guests.



c. Eunjoo Jung (Feb 9 & 10)



Never got back to Adam.



d. Jason Kim



Adam will contact him.



4. Outreach Opportunities – 45 minutes



a. EcoCluster Meeting (February 18th) – 5 minutes



A great opportunity to talk about what we are doing. Adam will go the next meeting.



b. Occupy Town Square (February 25th) – 10 minutes



Ruth explains what OTS is.



1st at WSP


2nd at Presbyterian Park


3rd at Tompkins Square



Outdoors – make difference if indoors or outdoors. First OSQ was not accommodating for intellectual events, drummers. 2nd one was better, people more connected, indoors. Big effort, small audience. Good because we record teach-in, other than that questioning if we should continue participating.



Phil: How many at last teach-in?


Adam: about a dozen, but dwindled.


Ruth: Had to do it with mic check.


Adam: We suggested main political state w/ half hour teach-ins.


Phil: How many at WSP


Ruth: Hundreds


Adam: At the very most.


Ruth:Church has more people.


Adam: I think less, but more concentrated.


Ruth: People are spread out.



A one stage for speakers approach is discussed as the best way to have an audience rather than having teach ins scattered all over the place. If this becomes the new approach we could try to continue organizing teach ins for OTS:



Adam: Should only do it if we can get a main stage.


Ruth: Agrees.


Bernie and Phil not available for OTS this weekend.


Phil: ok with speaking on main stage, but doesn’t think they’ll do that.


Bernie: Not worth doing in Feb



c. Commons Forum (February 16th-18th) – 15 minutes



It is happening, however they never got back to us even though they were the ones who contacted our group suggesting the relevance of our participation (How FTA attack the commons?) If there is time Adam will try to attend the meeting and bring literature. Other than that nothing else to discuss here.



d. Brooklyn Food Conference (submission deadline Feb 15, Conference is May 12) – 15 minutes



5000 people. 20-70 people per workshop.



  1. Cristina and Adam are trying to organize 2 workshops. Adam reads proposals to the group and tells group about the speakers being contacted for the workshops (Via Campesina; Beatriz Lopez; Kathy Ozer; and Leticia Alani from La Union).




Phil and Bernie suggest to have head sets and interpreters. They both can help to get the interpreter and the head sets.




First workshop would be informative and the second one more action oriented.




Adam also informs that Nellie Bailey has found space to do events and wants TradeJustice to do events at this venue. She is having a meeting this Friday to talk about it. No one is available to attend this meeting in Harlem.



e. Occupy Harlem Forum – 5 minutes



Friday meeting – Adam also informs that Nellie Bally has found space to do events and wants TradeJustice to do events at this venue. She is having a meeting this Friday to talk about it. No one is available to attend this meeting in Harlem.



5. Actions– 20 minutes



a. Killings in Panama and Colombia



Letter from AFL-CIO to President Obama asking for a permanent delay in the implementation of the FTA in Colombia is discussed. Union is planning to send a delegation to Colombia. There is a Valentine’s Day mobilization action against the flower industry. The possibility to have a protest at the Colombia and Panama consulate that day is discussed. However, there is no call for grassroots actions.




Feb 10th an accord was reached with regards to indigenous lands in Panama. Sunyata who is Panamanian, from Latin America Community Center, could be asked to participate in an action at the Panama consulate.




Phil informs us that land in Cordoba and Sucre in Colombia has been seized by the paramilitary and people are trying to retake their land and asking for solidarity- Eric is asking for people to send telegrams and organize demonstrations. Phil will send the group more information about this. We may need to write letters, make calls, and send faxes.



Gloria will also contact Afro-Colombian NYC groups ans ask them to send a representative to our Trade Justice meeting.



Julian stole our sign-up sheets and hid them at the Teraza 7 event. Greg from OWS told us.



b. Occupy Our Food Supply (February 27th) : Will discuss with organizer about how to participate. Cargill pushing TPP because of their business with palm oil production. Will talk to Rainforest Action Network and see if there is anything going on that day.



6. Web Collaboration Proposal from Global Justice WG Member – 10 minutes



Talk to Becky Hurwitz



7. Grassroots Housing Initiative: 10 min















a. Eunjoo Jung


I’m Eunjoo Jung, journalist for the Korean newspaper, the Hankyore. I have received your contacts from Heesob in Korea. I’m staying in Washington between 9th and 10th of Feb. to take a series of stories what the Korean public and government need to prepare for the Korea-US free trade agreement coming to effect in February or March. I apologize I’m asking you for an interview so quickly, but it would be very appreciated if you give me an opportunity to speak to you on KORUS in Washington. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.




Eun Joo Jung | Staff Reporter | The Hankyoreh (Daily Newspaper)
116-25 Gongdeok-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea(South Korea)
Tel: +82.2.710.0355 | Fax : +82.2.710.0350
Mobile : +82.10.3290.6225 Email :
ejung@hani.co.kr| Twitter: ejung00



b. Jason Kim


Greetings. I'm a writer and photojournalist. I wondered whether I can possibly attend and document your activities. And also, how did the Protest Pfizer demonstration go? Thank you, in advance.
Jason Kim Phone: 201-687-9552 Email: mediaformphoto@gmail.com
Web: mediaform.viewbook.com Blog: mediaform.wordpress.com






a. Occupy Town Square III: Tompkins Square Park! Back outside in East Village for the next pop up on Sunday, February 26




To table, perform, or hold a talk, sign up attinyurl.com/otsf11signup


www.facebook.com/occupytownsq @occupytownsq





b. Commons Forum


There is an OWS forum on “commons” (natural and other resources that should belong to everyone) being set up by members of OWS. I think there is a working group for it. It seems that there would be a lot of trade related issues. You guys might want to put together a workshop for it The Making Worlds Forum on the Commons is scheduled to take place Feb 16-18. It seems to me that Trade Justice should be involved. There is still a little time to make proposals for a workshop. Ideally workshops are a combination of theory and project planning. See http://makingworlds.wikispaces.com/ for details. Email me jemcgloin@verizon.net if you would like to get on the googlegroup.




c. Brooklyn Food Conference



The Brooklyn Food Coalition is planning the second Brooklyn Food Conference for May 12th 2012 and we want you to participate! This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a movement that is connecting, educating and empowering people who care about food justice. The first Brooklyn Food Conference in 2009 galvanized over 3,000 adults and 500 youth from all five boroughs and New York State. The potential for the second Brooklyn Food Conference 2012 is enormous (minimum of 5,000 expected attendees) and we welcome your ideas for workshop proposals.



Workshop proposal deadline: Rolling basis until February 15th



Format: The Brooklyn Food Conference 2012 is seeking proposals for workshops that are educational, inspirational, and interactive with the attendees. Please make sure to invite guest speakers that will provide diverse perspectives on your topic. We ask that workshop sessions have an action component, e.g., leading to a specific outcome or action, linking to the activities of the Brooklyn Food Coalition: “How to” and skill building workshops that provide ideas and tools are strongly suggested.



Length: Each workshop is 1 hour and 10 minutes; please leave ample time for group discussion.



Size: 20–70 attendees per workshop



Attendees: Expect attendees to reflect New York City’s diverse communities who are engaged in building a more just and sustainable food system. For introductory sessions, please try to use plain language to make your session accessible for all participants. Language interpreters are available to assist both guest speakers and attendees on the-day-of-Conference.








a. Occupy Our Food Supply!


Global Day of Action: Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

Whereas- corporate control of our food systems has increasingly harmed people, our ecosystems and our climate

Whereas- many people in many places are reclaiming our food supply by creating localized food systems that practice fair and ecological principles

Whereas- united, our food movements can reach a scale required to challenge the corporate food regime that has prioritized profit over health and sustainability

Whereas- to create healthy local food systems globally we must both create the alternatives we are calling for and resist the corporate and political forces creating toxic, GMO, unhealthy

Whereas- local organic food systems & agroecology hold more hope for meeting our world’s food needs than corporate food regimes profiting from speculation and land grabs for exports 

Whereas- we stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities and communities around the world that are struggling against hunger, exploitation, and unfair labor practices that benefit only the 1%

Whereas- we all have to eat, and we don’t want to eat corporate crud

Be It Resolved by 
(this GA/organization/group/farm/family/person/you):

We endorse/will participate in a shared, decentralized Global Day of Action on Monday, February 27:

We will occupy our food supply by highlighting either how we the 99% are creating healthy, local, sustainable food systems, or how we are resisting the corporate food regime, the 1%.

We can make our own media and share our day of action, our stories or pictures with others taking action to stand up and be counted as our food movements unite and grow stronger to resist corporate exploitation of the stuff of life.

We challenge corporate power and corporate personhood. We will demonstrate real humanity and our commitment to food system alternatives that work for everyone, globally.

- Grow your own garden
- Support a local farmer’s market
- Sign up for a CSA box (CSA= Community Support Agriculture)
- Support grocers and real, affordable food in low-income neighborhoods & food deserts
-Start/join a food justice committee in your local General Assembly
-Your great idea here ____________

-Occupy Cargill at a facility near you
-Avoid big box grocery stores for 1 week+
-Expose Monsanto’s GMO crimes & demand labelling of GMOs
-Fight corporate personhood 
-Call out the corrupted revolving door of BigAg executives at the FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
- Your great idea here ________________




From: Becky Hurwitz becky.hurwitz@gmail.com



I just wanted to ping to say that I’m sorry I missed the Trade Justice call last week — I had some unexpected guests in for the holidays and wasn’t able to manage both. I am really interested in the Trade Justice group — in part because I know so little about our trade agreements, want to learn more, and want to know how to participate in more fair trade agreements.


I’m also a bit concerned that I’m over committed — I really want to see this Global Justice group get off the ground. I’m setting up a website for the Global Justice group and am going to propose that we feature content that is educational as well as current-calls to action; I was thinking a way that I could learn about the Trade Justice issues, contribute to your group’s work, and also not over commit would be to set up a section on the site for Trade Justice issues. I think the broad missions of our groups are so obviously the same that sharing web space will be a near universal up-wiggle if put to a temp-check.


What do you think? Are you already sharing your campaign and group materials somewhere?


My next steps:


  • make some wireframes for the site to bring to the group on Sat

  • this will include some basic organization of content consistent with the group statement about interest and projects


Does this seem interesting? Should I ping the Trade Justice list? Sorry to just ping you — don’t mean to overwhelm you, but just not sure exactly how to propose this!








I am contacting you today about an autonomous initiative I am trying to puttogether to benefit Occupiers who have proven they can form an intentional community at Park Slope Church and whom are fairly active members of theMovement, be it through assemblies and Direct Actions or as parts of Working Groups directly benefitting the Movement on a daily basis.

I’ve obtained your contact information via NYCGA.net, and am contacting you this one time only as Internet point person for your Working Group; simply do not respond, and I shall not be contacting you again.  However, it is my hope that a broad coalition of Working Groups acting together can band together to keep Park Slope Church open through March 15th to keep our Occupiers who are dedicated to the Movement housed until the coming of spring and #M17, and I hope you might at least be willing to read further and contact your Working Group about this initiative – if we spread the responsibility widely enough across a broad coalition, it will be a light weight upon us all but will support a large number of people who have been active in supporting Occupy Wall Street, many of whom put their lives on hold in order to be here and whom I for one feel obligated to attempt to support in the time between now and the coming of potential good camping weather come springtime.

I have started a thread that states my initiative here – http://www.nycga.net/groups/housing/forum/topic/grassroots-housing-initiative- but the idea boils down to these key numbers:

As of the closure of West Park Church on 1/29/12, we had ~120 Occupiers being housed through OWS housing support systems.  West Park Church has stayed open quietly for 20 occupiers willing and able to use it as a hostel for the cost of $7 per night, solving many of the problems of non-dedicated individuals freeloading off of the system we had set into place and damaging the good name of Occupy Wall Street with bad behavior.  Since the Housing budget proposal that was passed requiring the closure of Park Slope Church this weekend, Park Slope denied housing access to three individuals who have repeatedly caused problems and no new problems, big or small, have since appeared.  Those three were responsible for the great bulk of the friction and bad behavior within that space, and since their removal from that community Park Slope has functioned as a strong community of dedicated activists living peacefully together on a nightly basis.

Park Slope Church is currently closing its housing of Occupiers, with its last night being Monday, 2/6.  There is, however, the possibility of reopening after a community meeting of the church parish on Thursday, 2/9, if there is support of our community behind these proposed residents and financial support to match the price that was covering heating and other
utilities costs that were ramped up because the heat is not otherwise kept on overnight – the space comfortably houses a community of 30 activists, at a price of $20 per person per week.  Town Planning as a Working Group has consensed to support one of these 30 activists as its share of the burden it is also asking others to take up by positive example – committing to $20 per week for the next five weeks, split amongst its members – as well as consensed to actively provide housing for a member of its Working Group via couchsurfing for this time as well.


Between the 20 activists being housed at West Park, the room for 30 more at Park Slope, and the possibility of couchsurfing to support the remainder of active Working Group members whom we are willing to vouch for as individuals based on our interaction with them within our Working Group, we possess the ability as a group to house each activist that is active within Working Groups without a GA or Spokes Council budget proposal, for a very small individual commitment if evenly distributed amongst working groups with access to personal funds and individual apartments could share a little of their resources.  This housing was denied by the Operational Spokes Council, and I do not disagree that it was right to do so – but
housing as a general concept, for those who are committed to our movement and willing to abide by a higher standard of behavior than we ourselves have consensed upon as a whole, is also the right thing to do, and I hope that your Working Group would be willing to assist in this grassroots endeavor.

Logistically, I am contactable via this email address ( seamus.maceoin@gmail.com) or my NYCGA.net account (
http://www.nycga.net/members/smckeown/) if you or your Working Group is willing to commit to either sides of this initiative.  For transparency, I will be collating the commitments people are willing to take on as repeating obligations as they come in, and if we reach 75% autonomously through this initiative the residents of Park Slope themselves are able to commit to the remainder, with those who are best able to scrounge up cash living on the streets supporting those newly-homeless activists who do not possess quite the same level of street savvy.  I would like the Working Groups to show support AND the community members to show autonomous support for themselves, but those of us who work for a living earn income at a much more advantageous exchange rate of time to money, so if we happen to get over 75% I won’t worry the details until we reach 100%.  At 100%,
obviously, we’ll stop.

I will collect this list of commitments and track them using an Excel spreadsheet, either using your name (if you don’t mind it being shared) or your chosen designator (if you do) to mark you and your Working Group’s commitment to this project.  I will, if we reach the necessary level of commitment and with this support are able to convince the parish of Park Slope church to continue housing Occupiers for the remainder of winter, front the first week’s money myself and seek to collect funds after-the-fact, to ensure there is no question whether these funds are going to the need we are seeking to service collectively via our commitment to this obligation, and will use a transparent receipting system just as if this were a GA proposal being paid out of OWS Accounting.  These receipts will not be refundable by Accounting, but they will be published (again, why you’d need to choose either to use your name or a chosen designator, if you wish to be an anonymous donor in this initiative) so that the proper standards of OWS transparency are maintained.  The easiest way to do this
would be via accountable tracking and PayPal, but if that is not an option for you and your Working Group it is not required.
Thank you for your time and consideration, and I hope that I will hear from at least some of you soon.  We have between now and Wednesday evening to set this potential system into place, and this is both plenty of time and not quite enough to be sure that it will work out.  I had hoped to discuss this at Spokes Council last night with all of the Working Groups present, but that plan didn’t exactly pan out.  Alas!

In solidarity,

Sean McKeown








a. Reading Group: No Ordinary Deal



No Ordinary Deal: Unmasking the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement Edited by Jane Kelsey (ed) ISBN: 9781877242502 Published: 2010 220pp





The Trans-Pacific Partnership is no ordinary free trade deal. Billed as an agreement fit for the twenty-first century, no one is sure what that means. For its champions in New Zealand a free trade agreement with the US is a magic bullet – opening closed doors for Fonterra into the US dairy market. President Obama sells it as the key to jobs and economic recovery, while protecting home markets. Australia hails it as a foundation stone for an APEC-wide free trade agreement.



None of these arguments stacks up. All nine participant countries except Vietnam are heavily liberalised, deregulated and privatised. They already have many free trade deals between them. Who really believes that US dairy markets will be thrown open to New Zealand, or that China, India and Japan will sign onto a treaty they had no role in designing?



No Ordinary Deal unmasks the fallacies of the TPPA. Experts from Australia, New Zealand, the US and Chile examine the geopolitical and security context of the negotiations and set out some of the costs for New Zealand and Australia of making trade-offs to the US simply to achieve a deal.



Trade’ agreement is a misnomer. The TPPA is not primarily about imports and exports. Its obligations will intrude into core areas of government policy and Parliamentary responsibilities. If the US lobby has its way, the rules will restrict how drug-buying agencies Pharmac (in New Zealand) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (in Australia) can operate, and the kind of food standards and intellectual property laws we can have. Foreign investors will be able to sue the government for measures that erode their investment. The TPPA will govern how we regulate the finance industry or other services, along with our capacity to create jobs at home.



Above all, No Ordinary Deal exposes the contradictions of locking our countries even deeper into a neoliberal model of global free markets – when even political leaders admit that this has failed.



The Contributors: Jane Kelsey, Bryan Gould, Patricia Ranald, Lori Wallach, Todd Tucker, José Aylwin, Paul Buchanan, John Quiggin, Warwick Murray, Edward Challies, David Adamson, Geoff Bertram, Tom Faunce, Ruth Townsend, Susy Frankel, Jock Given, Ted Murphy, Bill Rosenberg, Nan Seuffert





Introduction, Jane Kelsey



One. The Political Implications for New Zealand of a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Bryan Gould



Two. The Politics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Australia, Patricia Ranald



Three. US Politics, Lori Wallach and Todd Tucker



Four. The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Indigenous People: Lessons from Latin America, José Aylwin



Five. Security Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Paul G. Buchanan



Six. Lesson from the Australian–US Free Trade Agreement, John Quiggin



Seven. Agriculture and Fonterra, Warwick Murray and Ed Challies



Eight. Quarantine and Food Safety, David Adamson



Nine. Border Carbon Adjustments and Climate-change Policy in a Free-trade Agreement with the United States, Geoff Bertram



Ten. Potential Influence of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on Domestic Public Health and Medicine Policies, Thomas Faunce and Ruth Townsend



Eleven. Intellectual Property and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Susy Frankel



Twelve. Culture and Information, Jock Given



Thirteen. Government Procurement and Labour Issues, Ted Murphy



Fourteen. Management of International Capital and Investment: Making the Hard Harder, Bill Rosenberg



Fifteen. Trade in Services, Jane Kelsey



Sixteen. Trans-Pacific Partnership and Financial Services, Nan Seuffert and Jane Kelsey






a. New Labor/Social Justice Movements Panel


I was wondering if anyone from tradejustice would like to speak at a conference being organized at NYU with a panel around new labor/social justice movements? This conf would be in late March/April in the dept of Social and Cultural Analysis.
I was also wondering if you are the OWS Trade Justice working group, and where/what times you meet?


My dept has been trying to put together and organize the conf over break, so I apologize for the briefness/lack of details- it is still all very sketchy but I am hoping to have tradejustice on a panel with Brandworkers and labor/activist scholars. We are thinking Wed/Thurs March 21st and March 22nd- with one panel from 11-1pm lunch then a second panel 3-5pm. Thursday the keynote speaker will be Lisa Lowe later in the day. This is what were thinking for a panel tradejustice would be on:



Movements: this can be 2 panels, divided by foci and who would speak on what day, e.g. connecting local/national movements to anti-imperialist and global justice movements; thinking the category of the worker,



**Brandworkers – immigrant workers NYC



**Silvia Federici – (Prof. Emeritus , Baruch) gendered labor, immaterial labor, 3rd world debt, underdevelopment & imperialism, Occupy



**William Scott – (Prof. English Dept, U. Pittsburgh) OWS, category of ‘the worker’



**Cristina Beltran (Prof. SCA, NYU) – democracy & occupy)



**Luisa Rojo (don’t know if she’ll be here in the spring??) -Indignados, linguistics and immigration



**Sascha Constanza-Chock (Prof. Comparative Media Studies, MIT) – Occupy research, Boston; social movements & communications technologies, immigrant movement, grass roots communications)



**George Ciccariello-Mahar (Prof. History & Politics, Drexel U) -Occupy in its anti-capitalist and communalist strains, Bolivarian revolution, anti-imperialist thought+ praxes)



**Trade Justice – (critique and grassroots opposition to expansion of Free Trade Agreements/Export Processing Zones throughout the world- this is my limited understanding of the work tradejustice does so please let me know if I am under the wrong impression/misinformed)


Would Tradejustice still like to participate, and if so is there any preference on a day or are you flexible? I think you would be really great in a conference electrified by Occupy Wall Street movements because OWS has overshadowed critical organizing that has been happening in other areas addressing significant issues.

I think we’re trying by the end of next month to have times/date worked out- right now we’re trying to first figure out wants to speak and then who can attend either day. I will write you with more info as it arrives/we reach decisions and please let me know what your group decides in the meantime.


My dept just started up again so I hope to work out more details in the coming weeks, so you would hear from me within 3 weeks-
I was mainly interested in tradejustice because I haven’t heard anything about the new trade agreements, haven’t heard about actions that are fighting against this, and none of my peers are talking about it. So I thought it would be great to hear about the work you are doing since it seems to be flying under the rader of my friends and peers that are involved in Occupy wall Street and other actions. There is no pressure to participate though so please don’t feel obligated, I think it would be a great audience to talk to and share ideas/strategies however.



Here is some more information about our upcoming conference (newly titled with Stuart Hall reference),
Winning the Crisis: Alternatives, Possibilities, Futures, Organizing


This will be on Wednesday and Thursday March 21st and 22nd.
There will be 2 panels on each day from 11am-1pm, a break for lunch (provided by the dept) and then the 2nd panel from 3pm-5pm.
Wednesday will have a literary panel on speculative fiction & temporality, and the second panel will focus on archives & activism.
Thursday will focus on new social movements with one panel revolving around debt, and another on labor, immigration, & organizing- which I am helping to put together. We haven’t quite confirmed what panels are on what day, but I’m hoping for Thursday for this panel.



The Keynote of this conference will be Lisa Lowe on Thursday at 6pm with her talk, “The Fetishism of Colonial Commodities and the Intimacies of Four Continents”. Because of Lisa’s work around commodities, free trade, and imperialism I thought it would be great to have the prospective panel Trade Justice might be on in close proximity. You can see more about her talk and scholarship here: http://www.nyu-apastudies.org/new/event.php?type=1_event&event_id=343


We are still working on confirming speakers for each panel, fleshing out descriptions for each panel and the conference as whole, and figuring out things like publicity and catering, but I hope this helps and that Trade Justice is on board! Let me know what you think and if the possible times and day works for your group,


best, Jen



b. Brooklyn Peace Fair


The next BFP Peace Fair Committee will be next Tuesday, Jan 17th, when we will enter proposals for program for the April 28th day-long activities at Brooklyn College. BFP has a continuing presence at the College. We expect a good turn out of young people this year. It is an excellent opportunity for popular education.



The Latin Am Com has been active with School of the America’s Watch and the Fair Trade movements. Those are the campaigns we will present at the Fair.



On the Fair Trade theme, we discussed the resource extraction resistance to corporate domination in El Salvador linking CISPES with the Fair Trade movement. Can you please help to form a panel to put that struggle into the Latin Am and then the world-wide context?



I think the segments will be one hour. We can dedicate two segments to this topic so there is adequate time for discussion. I can let you know next week about the arrangements.


a. Global Action To Disrupt The Business Of Pollution

Endorsed by NYCGA

What & When: #99forEarth - 99 percent for the Earth
Friday March 23rd Occupy the Business of Pollution
Saturday March 24th 99 Percent for the Earth Global Rally

Where: Globally Coordinated actions by Occupy groups and ally
organizations- Connecting the dots between the 1% and the destruction of the planet

First Inter-occupy call: Thursday 2/9/12 - 8:30PM EST
*(Additional calls will be bi-weekly leading up to the event)

REGISTER on Maestro:


Friday March 23rd - Occupy the Business of Pollution: A day of global direct action to disrupt and expose the dirty business as usual and its political supporters. We will occupy corrupt polluters, politicians and front groups like Duke Energy, ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, the American Petroleum Institute, through a diversity of creative actions on a local level.

Saturday March 24th - 99 Percent for Earth Global Rally : A day of global mass rallies where families, community groups and individuals from all backgrounds march in cities around the world to demand a livable planet for all.

Ongoing Campaign (March 24 to April 22nd): Launch campaign to have individuals around globe to take measurable actions locally, nationally and globally to raise awareness and withdraw support from the polluters and their supporters. This will be in the vein of “Move your Money Day” and similar campaigns while leaving space for a diversity of non-violent tactics.

Call to Action: We are at a dangerous tipping point in history. The
destruction of our planet and climate change are almost at a point of no return. Our mountains in Appalachia are blasted; our drinking water in the northeast threatened by natural gas fracking and our forests in the northwest targeted for further deforestation. Our climate and earth risk never returning to a balanced state.

At this crucial moment, a small group of polluting businesses financed by the 1% have hijacked our political system for their benefit. They’ve rigged the system by paying off politicians, who in turn give these companies taxpayer handouts to continue to destroy our planet and atmosphere.

While the a majority of American people call out for alternative energy sources, our government only responds to the interests of these big polluters. The very corporations that lobby our government in order to pollute, publicly admit that climate change is an issue, but ignore it in favor of continued record profits for Wall Street.

Many around the country have taken steps to make our lives and communities more sustainable and resilient, but Congress has done nothing. We must reclaim our democracy to protect our planet. We need to take action for 100% of the occupants of the planet.

We are calling on all Occupy groups and our ally organizations around the country and the world to join us for 2 days that will launch a month long campaign where actionable steps to stop business as usual and expose the corrupt alliance of the 1% and our democratically elected leaders.


The fossil fuel industry is the most profitable enterprise in human
history, and to defend those profits for a few more years the oil, coal,
and gas companies are prepared to ignore clear scientific warning, and even the catastrophes already marking the early stages of climate change. Not only that, they’re prepared to use some of their money to warp the political process so that action never comes. We can’t outspend them, but we can use people power to fight back and disrupt the system.

There are a multitude of ways fossil fuel companies have infiltrated the political process to receive sweetheart deals and rote handouts. These include, but are not limited to:

- Tax breaks - Highly profitable utilities like Duke energy pay
effective 0% tax rates due to state and federal incentives.

- Direct production subsidies - Certain utilities receive direct fundingfrom DOE and other agencies to research and operationalize new fossil fuelextraction methods, including highly dangerous practices.

- Regulatory subsidies - The natural gas industry, for example, dumps toxic hydrofracking fluids into municipal wastewater treatment plants, and into the soil, for free, leaving taxpayers footing the cleanup bills, because those fluids are not regulated.

- Public land access - Big oil companies like Shell are given free or
cheap access to oil in fragile ecosystems like the Arctic, putting them at risk of spills.

Each year, the oil and gas industries get more than $4bn in subsidies and tax breaks.

Current members of Congress took over $25 million in campaign contributions from the oil, coal and gas industries in 2009-2010. This follows a decade-long trend of increasing contributions and influence. Since 1999, these Dirty Energy industries have shelled out over $137 million in contributions to members of Congress.

For additional details, contact: 99forearth@gmail.com



b. Crowley Protest


-From Crowley's Chief of Staff :
Hi Ray – as per our conversation the town hall we are hosting with
Councilmember Dromm is in the planning stages for April 11th and we are looking at holding it at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center. As soon as we firm up the venue I will let you know for sure and we would welcome your participation. I will get back to you regarding a follow up meeting. Thanks for staying in touch.




Agenda so far:


1. Political Opportunities 2012


2. Messaging to OWS


3. Web Outreach Strategy






a. Congressional WTO Consumer Rights Pledge


In a set of decisions this fall, the WTO ruled against our country-of-origin labels on meat, dolphin-safe labels on tuna, and our ban on candy and clove flavored cigarettes.


These are the policies we rely on to allow us to protect children’s health and make informed decisions as consumers. Under current rules, the U.S. will have to water down or eliminate these policies, or face trade sanctions.


Tell your members of Congress to sign the consumer rights pledge and commit to not water down our policies, or extend anti-consumer rules in future trade deals! If your members of Congress sign the consumer pledge, let us know at blopez@citizen.org.



b. New York Jobs and Trade Act


S2398-2011: Enacts the “jobs and trade act”



This bill has been amended.


Same as: A708-2011 / Versions: S2398-2011 S2398A-2011 S2398B-2011 Print HTML Page / Print Original Bill Format / ShareThis / Read or Leave Comments


Enacts the “jobs and trade act”; establishes the labor and trade enforcement task force; requires annual trade impact reports; preserves state authority over procurement policies.


Sponsor: MAZIARZ / Committee: LABOR


Law Section: Labor Law / Law: Add Art 21 SS750 – 752, Lab L


S2398-2011 Actions




Oct 7, 2011: PRINT NUMBER 2398B




Sep 28, 2011: PRINT NUMBER 2398A






S2398-2011 Memo







An act to amend the labor law, in relation to enacting the “jobs and


trade act”





To ensure that New York’s citizens and the


legislators they elect have access to information on the impact of international trade policy on New York State’s economy, Also, to clearly establish the role of the New York State Legislature in setting trade policies for the state, while helping workers and businesses that have been impacted by trade.





This bill requires the consent of the state legislature, not the governor, in order to bind New York to international trade agreements and establishes Legislative Points of Contact to serve as official liaisons with the Governor’s office and Federal Government on trade policy. It establishes a labor and trade enforcement task force within the Department of Labor to analyze the potential impact of trade proposals to the state, assess the impact of trade on the state economy and make trade policy recommendations, and assist local workers, firms and communities on trade matters. This office will be required to provide annual reports to the Governor and the Legislature on the impact of trade on New York State and requires the Governor and Legislature to respond to recommendations for handling the impact of trade on the state.





Recent international trade agreements have threatened to erode the traditional degree of autonomy that states have had to set their own procurement policies by requiring state governments to treat international suppliers as favorably as they do in-state suppliers. The New York State Legislature must work to preserve the state’s authority over procurement policy and to ensure that the public is informed and involved in the discussion process. To protect the state’s economy and its citizens, the state must enact this legislation. This bill will ensure that the state has continued input to the trade decisions that affect its economy.



With the growth in globalization and America’s increased dependence on international trade, those trade agreements have a direct impact on the lives and livelihoods of New York State’s citizens. Therefore the legislature must do everything in its power to ensure that trade agreements are made which benefit the state’s citizens and economy.





S.4786-A of 2007-08; Passed Senate


S.3350 of 2009-10; Referred to Labor










120 days after it shall have become law, with provisions.



S2398-2011 Text





2011-2012 Regular Sessions




January 19, 2011



Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ — read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor



AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to enacting the “jobs and trade act”






Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as


the “jobs and trade act”.



S 2. The labor law is amended by adding a new article 21 to read as follows:







Section 750. Legislative intent.


751. Role of the legislature in trade policy.


752. Labor and trade enforcement task force.



S 750. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby determines and


Declares that:



1. States have traditionally enjoyed a large degree of autonomy to set their own procurement and employment policies under the u.s. system of federalism.



2. Recent international trade agreements threaten to erode this traditional state autonomy by requiring state governments to accord foreigns uppliers of goods and services treatment no less favorable than that afforded to in-state suppliers. In addition, the agreements stipulate that state contract specifications must not burden trade any more than necessary, and limit supplier qualifications to qualifications that are “essential” to the performance of the contract.



3. State legislators have an important role to play in preserving


State authority over procurement policy. These critical decisions should be made only with the involvement of the legislature, and only after the public has been adequately informed and has openly debated the issues involved.



4. It is critical for citizens, state agencies, the legislature, and other elected officials in the state to have access to information about how trade impacts state legislative authority, the state’s economy, and


existing state laws in order to participate in an informed debate about International trade issues.



5. It is the sense of this legislature that the Congress of the United


States should pass legislation instructing the United States Trade


Representative (USTR) fully and formally consult individual state legislatures regarding procurement, services, investment, or any other trade agreement rules that impact state laws or authority before negotiations begin and as they develop, and to seek consent from state legislatures in addition to governors prior to binding states to conform their laws to the terms of international commercial agreements. Such legislation is necessary to ensure the prior informed consent of the state with regard to future international trade and investment agreements.



S 751. Role of the legislature in trade policy.



1. It shall be the policy of the state that approval for the state to be bound by any trade agreement requires the consent of the legislature.



2. The following actions are required before the state shall consent


To the terms of a trade agreement:


A. When a request has been received, the governor, the temporary president of the senate or the speaker of the assembly may submit to the legislature, on a day on which both houses are in session, a copy of the final legal text of the agreement, together with:


I. A report by the labor and trade enforcement task force which shall include an analysis of how the agreement of the state to the specific provisions of the agreement shall change or affect existing state law;


Ii. A statement of any administrative action proposed to implement


These trade agreement provisions in the state; and


Iii. A draft of legislation authorizing the state to sign on to the specific listed provisions of the agreement in question.


B. A public hearing to be conducted by the chairpersons of the senate and assembly labor committees, with adequate public notice, shall occur before the legislature votes on the legislation; and


C. The legislation authorizing the state to sign on to specific listed provisions of an agreement is enacted into law.


3. The attorney general shall notify the ustr of the policies established in this article in writing no later than december thirty-first and shall provide copies of such notice to the temporary president of the senate, speaker of the assembly, the governor and the state’s congressional delegation.



S 752. Labor and trade enforcement task force.



1. There shall be within the department the labor and trade enforcement task force.



2. The labor and trade enforcement task force is directed to:


A. Monitor trade negotiations and disputes impacting the state economy;


B. Analyze pending trade agreements the state is considering signing and provide the analysis to the governor, the legislature and the public;


C. Provide technical assistance to workers and firms impacted by unfair trade practices;


D. Provide a trade impact report to the governor, the temporary president of the senate, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the public no later than March thirty-first, two thousand twelve and annually thereafter;


E. Provide additional research and analysis as requested by the governor and the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the Assembly;


F. Serve as the state’s official liaisons with the federal government and as the legislature’s liaisons with the governor on trade-related matters;


G. Serve as the designated recipients of federal requests for consent or consultation regarding investment, procurement, services or other provisions of international trade agreements which impinge on state law or regulatory authority reserved to the state;


H. Transmit information regarding federal requests for consent to the office of the governor, the attorney general and the chairpersons of the Senate and assembly labor committees;


I. Issue a formal request to other appropriate state agencies to provide analysis of all proposed trade agreements’ impact on legislative authority and the economy of the state;


J. Inform all members of the legislature on a regular basis about ongoing trade negotiations and dispute settlement proceedings with implications for the state more generally;


K. Communicate the interests and concerns of the legislature to the USTR regarding ongoing and proposed trade negotiations; and


L. Notify the ustr of the outcome of any legislative action.



3. Each annual trade impact report required by this section shall




A. An audit of the amount of public contract work being performed overseas;


B. An audit of government goods being procured from overseas;


C. A study of trade’s impacts on state and local employment levels, tax revenues and retraining and adjustment costs;


D. An analysis of the constraints trade rules place on state regulato


Ry authority, including but not limited to the state’s ability to


Preserve the environment, protect public health and safety, and provide high-quality public services; and


E. Findings and recommendations of specific actions the state should


Take in response to the impacts of trade on the state identified in this section.



4. Such actions may include, but shall not be limited to:


A. Revocation of the state’s consent to be bound by the procurement rules of international trade agreements;


B. Prohibition of offshore performance of state contract work and preferences for domestic content in state purchasing;


C. State support for cases brought under federal trade laws by residents of the state;


D. State advocacy for reform of trade agreements and trade laws at the federal level; and


E. Implementation of a high-road growth strategy formulated with business, labor and community participation.



5. Such a strategy may include, but not be limited to:


A. More effective early warning and layoff aversion measures;


B. Increased assistance and adjustment programs for displaced workers and trade-impacted communities;


C. Stronger standards and accountability for recipients of state subsidies and incentives;


D. Investments in workforce training and development;


E. Investments in technology and infrastructure; and


F. Increased access to capital for local producers.



6. Within thirty days of receipt of the annual trade impact report:


A. The governor shall review the report and issue a public statement explaining which of the report’s recommendations for specific action the governor will act upon in the next thirty days, whether through executive action or proposed legislation; and


B. The legislature shall review the report, hold public hearings on the report’s recommendations for specific action and introduce legislation to enact those recommendations accepted by the legislature.





A. The labor and trade enforcement task force shall consist of fifteen members, acting by a majority thereof, and composed of the following: the commissioner of labor, four members appointed by the governor; three members appointed by the governor upon the recommendation of the temporary president of the senate; three members appointed by the governor upon the recommendation of the speaker of the assembly; Two members appointed by the governor upon the recommendation of the New York State American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations; and two members appointed by the governor upon the recommendation of the business council.



B. The task force shall:


I. Assess the legal and economic impacts of trade agreements;


Ii. Provide input on the annual trade impact report;


Iii. Hold public hearings on the impact of trade on the state and


Communities, as well as the impact of the annual trade impact report on the state; and


Iv. Make policy recommendations to the governor, legislature, the state’s congressional delegation and u.s. Trade negotiators.



C. The task force shall convene quarterly.



D. The task force shall appoint a chairperson from among its members.



E. The members of the task force shall receive no compensation for their service but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.



S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after


It shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.

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