2/7/12 Agenda

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1. Introductory Items – 15 minutes

a. Choose Facilitator

b. Choose Notetaker

c. Choose Timekeeper

d. Welcome and Intros

e. Agenda Review

f. Choose Facilitator and Agenda Maker for Next meeting

g. Choose location for next meeting.

 

2. Reportback / Evaluation on Last Week’s Actions

- 10 minutes

a. Pfizer Protest

b. Interview on Pure Imagination Internet Radio Show

c. Eco-Cluster 2nd Meeting

3. Media Opportunities – 10 minutes

a. Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell

b. Pure Imagination Radio Show

c. Eunjoo Jung (Feb 9 & 10)

d. Jason Kim

4. Outreach Opportunities – 50 minutes

a.EcoCluster Meeting (February 11th) – 5 minutes

b. Occupy Town Square (February 11th) – 10 minutes

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

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

is May 12) – 20 minutes

5. Actions – 25 minutes

a. International Day of Action Against ACTA (February 11th)

b. Occupy Our Food Supply (February 27th)

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

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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.

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL

3. MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES

c. 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.

Sincerely,

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

d. 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

4. OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES

b. Occupy Town Square

OCCUPY WALL STREET is popping up again this Saturday from 1pm – 7pm. On February 11th, come visit the second Occupy Town Square, at West Park Presbyterian. For one afternoon, Occupy Wall Street will fill the beautiful, old church on 86th & Amsterdam Ave with teach-ins and trainings, speeches and discussion, pamphlets and performances. Come help us revive the great democratic tradition of public discourse and civic engagement. Whether you consider yourself a supporter of the movement or not, we want to meet you. Share our food and warmth; bring your stories and your ideas; learn, argue, debate, coordinate, collaborate! If you’d like to table, perform, or hold a talk, sign up attinyurl.com/otsf11signup

www.facebook.com/occupytownsq @occupytownsq

occupytownsq@gmail.com

c. 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.

Making Worlds: An OWS Forum on the Commons
February 16-18, 2012


An Invitation

The Occupy movement is entering a new phase, one in which many of us feel the need to combine renewed engagement through direct actions and mobilizations with a deep reflection on the strategic objectives of our movement. In order to fulfill this need, the organizing committee of Making Worlds* is inviting all the Occupy supporters and sympathizers as well as other organizations to participate in this Forum on the politics of the commons. In particular, we are interested in understanding how groups and communities working on housing, health care, education, food, water, energy, information, communication and knowledge resources can develop a vision of these resources as commons, that is, as a third form of social organization to the state and corporate capitalism. Making Worlds has the ambitious goal of articulating a strategic vision from and for the movement as well as specific political initiatives aiming at its realization.


The Forum

The departure point of Making Worlds is to deepen our knowledge about existing forms and practices of the commons in the United States and abroad. For the purpose of this discussion, we provisionally define the commons in two main ways:

1) As a resource whose mode of disposition and usage is determined by the community of its users and producers. Examples of commons may include the air and the oceans, water sources managed by local communities, self-managed factories and agricultural lands, (squatted) community centers and houses, community gardens, free and open source software, and users-run repositories of knowledge such as Wikipedia.

2) As a way of organizing social practices, living experiences, community relationships and pathways for our collective reproduction. These activities may include cooperative strategies such as reciprocal caring, self-education, and workers cooperatives.


We believe that the organizational forms developed by our movement are already functioning, in many ways, as institutions of the commons. We also think that there are plenty of existing initiatives in New York and beyond from which important lessons can be learnt. Securing the commons for the collective good, protecting it from private appropriation as well as from over-use takes ingenuity, cooperation, and planning. Making Worlds will provide a common space and framework for such cooperation and planning to take place. Starting from these considerations we pose three broad, overarching questions:

1) What are the examples of existing commons we can draw inspiration from and how are they governed?

2) How can new commons be created and expanded in our society?;

and

3) How can we think of social and political relationships as a commons in its own right?


Your Contribution


Making Worlds is open to every sympathizer and participant in the Occupy movement as well as to other independent activist groups. If you are interested in participating in Making Worlds, we ask you to approach it by posing questions related to your field of interest or activity. For instance, if you are part of the kitchen committee or any other group working on and with food how can you tackle the question of food production and consumption as commons? How is the food we eat every day produced (or not produced) in common? And how can we extend the common production and distribution of food? If you work in a sustainability group you may ask similar questions in relation to drinkable water or the atmosphere. What kinds of initiatives and actions can be taken at a local and regional level to protect and build a commons? And what kind of coordination could make feasible a national campaign to make the ground waters a common good? Would it be possible to link such a campaign to the anti-fracking movement? Similar questions can be explored in relation to education, health care, the production of energy, the reproduction of the labor force, medical and scientific knowledge, and communication infrastructures. After your group has explored these preliminary questions, we ask you to reach out to us with a proposed title for a workshop and speakers who can help you facilitate it. Please email your idea to makingworldsows at gmail dot com no later than January 28.


Structure of the Forum


Making Worlds is evolving and is now envisioned as a three day Forum:

1) The first day will be dedicated to the introduction of broad themes regarding the commons. Notable speakers and activists who have been studying the commons and struggling for will share their perspectives and experiences.

2) The second day will be managed directly by the working groups that have participated in the preparatory phases of the Forum. The groups will run their own workshops as they want. Our suggestion is to divide the workshops in two sections: the first part will serve to flesh out the research questions and foster a debate around them; the second part will be dedicated to the production of a short document containing ideas and pragmatic suggestions that will be posted the Forum’s web site by the end of the second day.

3) The third day will be dedicated to bring all these perspectives together. Ideally, by the end of the Forum we will have drafted a charter and a set of documents and materials envisioning concrete initiatives, lines of action, and intervention.


Timeline
We ask you to email us a workshop title and a short description no later than January 28. If you are interested in inviting specific speakers who can help you facilitate the workshop feel free to do so. The workshops descriptions will be uploaded to the Wiki makingworlds.wikispaces.com to which you will be granted access so that you will be able to update your announcement over time.

From Manuel Perez Rocha:

Hey Adam, yes I’d be interested. Thanks! But before talking more about content can you clarify me where’d it be (NY?), the precise date and if there’d be support for transport?

 

I might be able to stay at a friends house. About transport costs if there are funds great, if not I can pay for my bus. Let me know if I am in the program already to plan my trip.

 

I’ll discuss the Doe Run case vs Peru (for 800 million USD). Doe Run is owned by a New York magnate. I can tell you more about it.

 

Thanks!

d. 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.

5. ACTIONS

a. International Day of Action Against ACTA

On February 11, the world will be out in an unprecedented showing of solidarity against ACTA. Protests are being organized all over the globe to show the European Parliament that they must reject ACTA. Though many countries have signed the treaty already, if the EP rejects ACTA, it will be sent into the dustbin on history!

It’s time we wielded the internet to defend the internet! Look below to see a list and map of where the protests are being held. Here’s what you can do:

  • If you want to attend one of the events below, click the link and RSVP (There are demonstrations listed for other days as well, so please double-check the date)
  • If you know of another protest that is not listed, please let us know at info@accessnow.org
  • If you want to start your own protest, even if you live outside of Europe, create an Event on Facebook and then send us the link to the event at info@accessnow.org.

And be sure to sign the petition calling on the EP to vote NO on ACTA:https://www.accessnow.org/acta

 

For more information on ACTA, read our booklet on why its so controversial (in several different languages) and read our blog to see how it connects to PIPA and SOPA.

What should you know about ACTA?

 

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, is a controversial trade agreement negotiated in secret by a handful of countries that seeks to establish international standards for intellectual property right enforcement.  

 

As the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea have already signed the agreement, we have turned our attention to the European Union as the last bastion of hope to stop the ascension of this dangerous agreement. In the EU, ACTA is being decided on a national level, and will soon make its way to the European Parliament for a final consent vote.

It is imperative that Parliament votes “No” on ACTA. Access, European Digital Rights, and the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue have put together a booklet (found here) to outline the serious implications from a variety of perspectives (human rights, trade, innovation, democracy and legality).  These organisations represent civil society, which has been utterly shut out of negotiations of this controversial and ill-conceived agreement.

So why is ACTA important, and what makes it so controversial?

  • ACTA lacks democratic credibility because it was negotiated in secret, undermining democratic principles of transparency and multistakeholderism;
  • ACTA poses a threat to free speech and access to culture by, among other issues, encouraging private companies to police users of the internet;
  • ACTA threatens privacy, as ISPs will be obliged to carry out surveillance on all users;
  • ACTA could have a chilling effect on innovation by disincentivizing startups and encouraging anti-competitive behaviour;
  • ACTA would harm trade by giving the U.S. a structural competitive advantage over other countries in addition to creating barriers for international trade;
  • ACTA lacks legal clarity with vaguely drafted language, and is clearly not aligned with current international and European legal standards.

As we have already mentioned through other campaigns and blog posts (such as our campaign againt a proposed draconian copyright law in Colombia and our views on copyright), Access is deeply concerned about this worrying trend which seeks to place the interests of large corporations ahead of the well-being of citizens.

ACTA will affect all of us. At this important juncture, we must stand strong and reject such agreements which undermine democracy and the rule of law and trample on our fundamental rights.

b. 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.

CREATE
- 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 ____________

RESIST
-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 ________________
6.  WEB COLLABORATION PROPOSAL FROM GLOBAL JUSTICE WG MEMBER

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!

FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

1. SELF-EDUCATION

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

Synopsis

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

Contents:

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

2. OUTREACH

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.

3. ACTIONS

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)
***
FOR PROMOTION
http://interoccupy.org/99earthcall/

REGISTER on Maestro:
http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/3ECSYT4QPPPHPFKM

Information:

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.

Background

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 funding from DOE and other agencies to research and operationalize new fossil fuel extraction 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.

4. STRATEGY MEETING

Agenda so far:

1. Political Opportunities 2012

2. Messaging to OWS

3. Web Outreach Strategy

5. POLITICAL/LEGISLATIVE ACTION

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

Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO LABOR

Oct 7, 2011: PRINT NUMBER 2398B

Oct 7, 2011: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO LABOR

Sep 28, 2011: PRINT NUMBER 2398A

Sep 28, 2011: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO LABOR

Jan 19, 2011: REFERRED TO LABOR

S2398-2011 Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2398

TITLE OF BILL:

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

trade act”

PURPOSE:

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.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

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.

JUSTIFICATION:

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.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

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

S.3350 of 2009-10; Referred to Labor

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

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

S2398-2011 Text

S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K

2011-2012 Regular Sessions

I N SENATE

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”

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

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:

ARTICLE 21

JOBS AND TRADE ACT

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

Include:

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.

7.

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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