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Conference Location: Westin Hotel. 1900 5th Avenue. Seattle, WA 98101

Dates: Thursday, April 18 to Saturday, April 20, 2013

(Below are suggested panels for those interested in the Philippines, Seattle, and/or international solidarity)

DAY 1: THURSDAY, APRIL 18

10:15-11:45am

Ambivalent Imperialisms in the Philippines: Filipino Americans, Pensionados, and Ethnographers

VENUE:  Westin – Vashon 1

PRESENTERS:

Sony Bolton, University of Michigan

The Imperial Drive to Archive: Towards a Filipino-American Intellectual History of the Race Sciences

Christopher Patterson, University of Washington

The Filipino American in Spaces of Liberal Tolerance: Peter Bacho’s Cebu

 Faith Karen, Northwestern University

Heroism: The New Imperialism?

Chair & Discussant:  Robyn Rodriguez, University of California, Davis

 2:45-4:15pm 

Transnational Resistance to the Mechanisms of U.S. Empire:

Interdisciplinary and Critical Analysis from the Philippine Diaspora

VENUE: Westin – Orcas

PRESENTERS:

Valerie Francisco , The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Transnational Family as Resource for Political Mobilization

Sherwin Mendoza , De Anza College

Indigenous Culture for the People

Michael Viola , Antioch University, Seattle

Rhyming, Researching, & Resisting Global Apartheid: W. E. B. Du Bois’s “Guiding

Hundredth” and Hip Hop Educational Exposures to the Philippines

Chair: Valerie Francisco , The Graduate Center, City University of New York 

4:30pm – 6pm

Unstable Futures: Urban and Suburban Formations and Asian

American Visual Cultures

VENUE: Westin – St. Helens

PRESENTERS:

Manan Desai, Syracuse University

 Korla Pandit Hoodwinks America: Television and Racial Impersonation in Mid-Century U.S.

Roderick Labrador, University of  Hawai‘i, Manoa

 Constructing “The Town” in the Blue Scholars Seattle Cinemetropolis

Thea Tagle,  University of California, San Diego

Spaces between Yesterday and Tomorrow: Site-Specific Cultural Production as Filipino/American Decolonial Praxis

Brian Chung , University of  Hawai‘i, Manoa

The Monster in the Neighborhood: Regional Architecture, California Living and the

Visuality of Chinese Immigrants of Silicon Valley

Chair & Discussant: Theodore Gonzalves, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

 

DAY 2: FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013

8:15am – 9:45am

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Perspectives on Critical Filipino and Filipina Studies

VENUE : Westin – Cascade 1A

PARTICIPANTS:

Robyn Rodriguez , University of California, Davis

Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez , California State University, San Marcos

Dean Saranillo , New York University

Sarita See , University of California, Davis

Gina Velasco , Keene State College

Facilitator: Amanda Solomon , University of California, San Diego

 

10:00-11:30am

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes: The

Legacy of Filipino American Labor Activism

 VENUE: Westin – Cascade 1A

PARTICIPANTS:

Ligaya Domingo , University of Washington

Ron Chew , International Community Health Services Foundation

Terri Mast , Inland Boatmen’s Union

Chair & Facilitator: Ligaya Domingo , University of Washington

 

11:45-12:45pm

PLENARY II: War and Empire

VENUE: Westin – Cascade 1

PRESENTERS

George Quibuyen (aka, Geologic and Prometheus Brown), Blue Scholars

 Empire Way: Refashioned Resistance

Nikhil Pal Singh , New York University

Settler Sovereignty and U.S. Globalism

Lisa Lowe , Tufts University

“Saltwater” Imperialism: Violence and Keeping the Peace

Chair: Moon-Ho Jung, University of Washington

Discussant: Chandan Reddy, University of Washington

 

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Lyrics of Love, Songs of the Struggle: Commemorating the

40th Anniversary of the release of A Grain of Sand

VENUE : Westin – St. Helens

PARTICIPANTS:

Nobuko Miyamoto , Great Leap

Charlie Chin , Musician, Storyteller, Community Historian

Facilitator: Theodore Gonzalves , University of Maryland, Baltimore County

 

DAY 3: SATURDAY, APRIL 20

2:45-4:15pm

Seattle’s Asian American Movement: Pan-Ethnicity, Afro-Asian Solidarities, and Labor Organizing, 1960s-70s

VENUE : Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (719 S. King Street,

in Chinatown/International District)

PRESENTERS:

Aaron Dixon, Community Activist

 Afro-Asian Solidarities in the Seattle Black Panther Party and Beyond

Mike Tagawa, Community Activist

 Shoulder to Shoulder: Brothers and Sisters in the Struggle for Human Dignity

Alan Sugiyama , Executive Development Institute

Asian American Student Movement in Seattle

Francisco Irigon, Community Activist

 Seattle’s King Dome Protest Revisited: Forty Years Later

Chair: Tracy Lai, Seattle Central Community College

Discussant: Moon-Ho Jung, University of Washington

 

2:45-4:15pm

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: After Bulosan: New Filipino/American Literature

VENUE: Westin – Cascade 1B

PARTICIPANTS:

Gina Apostol, Fiction Writer

Joi Barrios-LeBlanc, University of California, Berkeley

Fedelito Cortez, Poet

Eugene Gloria, DePauw University

Sabina Murray, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Chairs & Facilitators: Francisco Benitez, University of Washington, & Nerissa Balce, State

University of New York, Stony Brook

 

 

For the entire AAAS conference program please see: 

http://aaastudies.org/content/images/files/final%20schedule%203.22.pdf

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U.S.-based Filipino scholar E. San Juan, Jr., emeritus professor of English, Comparative Literature and Ethnic Studies, has just published his fourth book of poems in Filipino, Bukas Luwalhating Kay Ganda, sponsored by the Philippines Cultural Studies Center. Released this February 2013, the book is available from amazon.com and also createspace.com.

His previous collections include Alay sa Paglikha ng Bukang-liwayway (Ateneo U Press),  Sapagkat Iniibig Kita (U.P. Press), Sutrang Kayumanggi and Mahal Magpakailanman (LuLu.com).

San Juan is currently a fellow of the Harry Ransom Center, University of Austin, Texas. Previously he was a fellow of the W.E.B. Institute, Harvard University, for which he  is completing a monograph on “African American Internationalism and Solidarity with the Philippine Revolution.”  A part of the research has been published in Socialism and Democracy, July 2010, and in the e-journal Cultural Logic.

Born in Sta. Cruz, Manila, Philippines, San Juan received his A.B. , magna cum laude, from the University of the Philippines, and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He was president of the U.P. Writers Club in 1957-58.  He also taught at U.P. from 1959-60, 1966-67, and 1987-88 (as Fulbright professor); in Ateneo University, and also at Centro Escolar University.  He was visiting professor at Brooklyn College; Wesleyan University; Leuven University, Belgium; Trento University, Italy; Tamkang University and National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.

His recent books are Rizal in Our Time (revised edition; Anvil); Balikbayang Sinta: An ESan Juan Reader (Ateneo U Press); In the Wake of Terror (Lexington), Critique and Social Transformation(Mellen); From Globalization to National Liberation (U.P. Press), US Imperialism and Revolution in the Philippines (Palgrave), and Critical Interventions (Lambert).  UST Publishing House will soon launch his new collection, Ulikba at iba pang Tula

Currently San Juan is preparing an anthology of his critical essays in Filipino as a sequel to Himagsik (published in 2004 by De La Salle U Press) and a ground-breaking commentary on an important historical document, hitherto unpublished, Benjamin Appel’s “Manila Diary,” together with a critique of Appel’s novel on the Philippines, Fortress in the Rice.–##

 

Contact:  PHILIPPINES CULTURAL STUDIES CENTER

            <philcsc@gmail.com>  

From our allies at the Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines: New York, San Francisco, Portland:

A Call to Action 

#StopTheMiningStopTheKillings

Demand U.S. military aid to the Philippines be cut, that the AFP be held accountable for the deaths of the Capion family, and to abandon X-strata SMI’s Tampakan Gold Project!  Read our full statement here: http://nychrp.info/2012/11/13/stop-the-mining-stop-the-killings-justice-for-the-capion-family-of-the-tampakan-massacre/
You can help bring the issues raised by the Tampakan Massacre to light by participating in these ways:
  •  Donate to BAYAN-USA: Your donation will support delegates of MANILAKBAYAN, a caravan which aims to raise the national consciousness around the deteriorating human rights situation in relation to large-scale mining. Make sure that 100% of your contribution goes to promoting human rights in the Philippines by writing a check to BAYAN-USA, and skipping the online transaction fee. For more information on where to send/drop-off your donation, please visithttp://www.facebook.com/events/220651234734657/
  • Join the Facebook Action: Donate your Facebook profile picture space to use the Stop the Mining! Stop the Killings! Campaign image. Have it up with a link to the petition in the description from December 1 to December 10, International Human Rights Day. https://www.facebook.com/events/220651234734657

  • Join us on Twitter: Make the Tampakan Massacre a trending topic on twitter and flood @BarackObama ‘s and @NoynoyAquino ‘s official Twitter accounts protesting aggressive mining development and human rights violations by using: #StopTheMiningStopTheKillings

     

    Sample messages:

    “#StopTheMining @NoynoyAquino and cut U.S. Military aid to the Philippines @BarackObama”

    “@NoynoyAquino, hold the AFP and Xstrata-SMI accountable for the #TampakanMassacre”

  • Call the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. during our call-in week: From Monday, 12/3 to Friday, 12/7 (anytime before 5 p.m. EST) we ask concerned individuals and organizations to flood the Philippine embassy with calls to condemn the Tampakan Massacre and hold the 27th IB of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Xstrata-SMI responsible for the deaths of the Capion family. Sample message: “My name is _____________, and I want to know what is being done to investigate the deaths of Juvy Capion, and her two sons, Jordan and John. We call on President Noynoy Aquino to hold the AFP and Xstrata-SMI accountable for the Tampakan Massacre murders. Thank you for your time.”
Office of the Ambassador
H.E. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.
Embassy of the Philippines
1600 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
United States of America
  • Attend an action/mobilization arranged by the Committee of Human Rights in the Philippines in New York, Portland or San Francisco during our week of action between December 1 through 10 to demand justice for the Capion Family, victims of the Tampakan Massacre. For more information on local events in your area, please visit http://www.facebook.com/events/220651234734657/

 

STOP THE MINING! STOP THE KILLINGS!
JUSTICE FOR THE CAPION FAMILY!
X-STRATA-SMI, OUT OF BLAAN ANCESTRAL DOMAINS AND OUT OF THE PHILIPPINES!

SCRAP THE PHILIPPINE MINING ACT OF 1995!

SUPPORT THE PEOPLE’S MINING BILL!

CUT U.S. MILITARY AID TO THE PHILIPPINES!

Stop the Mining! Stop the Killings! Campaign is sponsored by the following organizations: Alay ng Kultura (Seattle), American Friends Service Committee (Portland), Anakbayan (East Bay), Anakbayan (New Jersey), Anakbayan (New York), Anakbayan (Seattle), Anakbayan (Silicon Valley), Anakbayan USA, babae San Francisco, BAYAN USA, Coalition for Asian Pacific American Studies (Portland State University), Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (New York, Portland, San Francisco), F.A.C.E.S. (SF Bay Area) Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity, Filipinas For Rights and Empowerment, Friends of the Congo, GABRIELA USA, International Action Center (IAC), KATARUNGAN (Washington D.C.), League of Filipino Students (San Francisco State University), People’s Organization for Progress – Arthur Schomburg Branch of New York, Philippine-U.S. Solidarity Organization (Seattle), Pinay sa Seattle, Portland State University Multicultural Center, PSU Kaibigan – Filipino American Student Association (Portland State University), Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee NY, and United National Antiwar Committee (UNAC).

 

Press Release

November 21, 2012ImageA network of environment and indigenous peoples’ rights advocates wants a probe on a retired Philippine Army colonel, who is also security consultant of the Sagittarius Mines-Xstrata, for his involvement in the massacre of the family of Blaan anti-mining leader Daguil Capion.

The Justice for Capion Family, Justice for All Movement said that prior to the Capion massacre, Ret. Col. Dan Balandra was with the Capions.

This was revealed during the network’s peace and solidarity mission to Kiblawan, Davao del Sur on November 17, where witnesses told mission delegates that Balandra went to the Capion farm for three consecutive days prior to the massacre.

Balandra was said to have approached Daguil in the family’s farm to convince him to surrender after his pangayaw (tribal war) against the intrusion of SMI-Xstrata into their ancestral lands.  Witnesses said Balandra brought alcoholic beverage for Daguil and provided cash worth 7,500 pesos to Juvy as part of SMI’s potato plant project.

The mission called for the relief and prosecution of the 13 soldiers involved in the killing of the Capions, their commanding officer Lt. Dante Jimenez and the 27th Infantry Battalion Commander Col. Alexis Bravo. It also holds SMI-Xstrata accountable for violations against the communities and collective rights of the indigenous peoples, among those are the murder of Blaan members of the communities, the formation of a ‘tribal council’ to approve the companies’ entry, and the exploration drills on sacred burial grounds.

Witnesses believed that Balandra’s motive was to confirm Daguil’s presence in his farm and provided such information to the 27th Infantry Battalion. On October 18, 13 soldiers sprayed the farm hut  of the Capions, killing a pregnant Juvy and his two sons Jordan, aged 13 and Jan-jan, aged 8.  Daguil was reportedly not in the hut.

Balandra has not been seen in the community since the massacre.

The presence of Balandra points to the “complicity between SMI and the AFP to go after Daguil for leading his tribe’s opposition to large-scale mining,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez of Karapatan who was one of the mission delegates.

The mission said that Balandra’s role was part of the campaign to hunt down Daguil.  Prior to this, the AFP declared a three-month deadline to capture the Blaan leader while Kiblawan Mayor Marivic Diamante offered a 300,000 peso-reward for the capture of Daguil whom she brands as a bandit.

The Blaan elders or fulongs  however defended Daguil saying he was leading the pangayaw which they had declared in 2010 as defense of their ancestral land from SMI-Xstrata.

The multinational mining company had applied in 2005 for the 50,000 hectare copper exploration project covering the quadri-boundary of South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat and Davao del Sur.

Blaan peoples in the provinces opposed the mining operations, but former president Gloria Arroyo instituted an Investment Defense Force in 2009  that resulted in more human rights violations by the military against the Blaans. ###

 

Reference:

Mr. Genasque Enriquez, KATRIBU Partylist

0942-557-8223

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Diliman, Quezon City, PHILIPPINES 1101
Telefax: (+63 2) 4354146
Web: http://www.karapatan.org
KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties.  It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign. 
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From our allies at Gabriela-USA, important information on the (so-called) Cybercrime Prevention Act. Read more for information on how to join the international call to repeal.

GABRIELA Seattle

For Immediate Release

October 8, 2012

Contact: Valerie Francisco, Chairperson, gabrielawomen@gmail.com

 

 CYBERCRIME PREVENTION ACT ATTACKS FREEDOM OF SPEECH

GABRIELA-USA JOINS INTERNATIONAL CALL TO REPEAL!

 

 

The passage of the “Cybercrime Prevention Act” in the Philippines is an assault to every freedom-loving person’s right to free speech, expression, articulation and critical thought, and a burden to women and children victims of internet violence. GABRIELA USA joins the international community who are shocked at President Noynoy Aquino’s blatant lack of regard for civil liberties as he continuously tramples on Philippine people’s democratic rights.

Supposedly crafted to address such issues as internet pornography, cybersex or cyber prostitution and bullying, what the Cybercrime Prevention Act does not take into consideration is the complicated and borderless nature of online activity and the roots of violence that is perpetrated against women and children. The law is an added burden to women and children forced…

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Karapatan alternative Report for the 106th HRC Session

SUBMISSION OF THE NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION KARAPATAN, Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in its 106th Session Palais Wilson, Geneva, Switzerland, October 15-November 2, 2012

This is an alternative note of the Philippine national human rights organization, KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights to the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) in its 106thsession to review the compliance of the Philippine State Party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

The note seeks to illustrate to the HRC that extrajudicial killings and arbitrary arrests and detentions, as well as other human rights violations like disappearances, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment continue and persist with impunity in the Philippines.

KARAPATAN is a national human rights organization documenting and investigating cases of human rights violations in the Philippines. It also assists victims and their families in seeking remedies and justice for these violations. KARAP A T AN has sixteen (16) regional offices in the archipelago that gather reports and send these to the National Office in Manila to be consolidated into quarterly and annual reports which the Alliance regularly come up with, publish and disseminate.

Read more at Karapatan.org 

Friday, October 5, 2012

7pm to 9pm

Antioch University Seattle, Room 100

2326 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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Panelists Include:

Dr. Robyn Rodriguez, Associate Professor
Asian American Studies
University of California, Davis

Dr. Rick Bonus, Associate Professor
American Ethnic Studies
University of Washington, Seattle

Dr.  Joi Barrios-LeBlanc, Lecturer
Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies
University of California, Berkeley

Alay ng Kultura

Workshop Description:
The Resistance of Philippine Cinema (75-90 minutes)
 
An overview of Philippine Cinema, connecting past and present, local and abroad. With special emphasis to films and filmmakers who have used the artistic medium as a tool to address the socio-political conditions of the country. Participants will view many examples of Philippine cinema as a site of resistance and led through a series of topical discussions regarding the history and present state of Filipinos in the film industry.OBJECTIVES: To contextualize the rich history of Philippine cinema as it relates to the socio-political conditions of the country, then and now, here and back home.To debunk negative stereotypes of our film culture and foster an appreciation for Filipino art and art works, as well asspur critical dialogue.
 
Film clips screened include the works of Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal, Kidlat Tahimik, Lamberto Avellana, Mike De Leon, Auraeus Solito, Brillante Mendoza, Laurice…

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AgitProp Local Film Festival on Peoples' Struggles Presented by Alay ng Kultura

SATURDAY, September 29th

at the Ethnic Cultural Theater at UW

2:00pm – Black Power Mixtape hosted by Ladies 1st & Alay ng Kultura

5:00pm – Lino Brocka hosted by Alay ng Kultura

7:00pm – Paper Dolls (Bubot Niyar) hosted by Pinay Sa Seattle

SUNDAY, September 30th

at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre at UW

2:00pm – Amigo hosted by Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW)

5:00pm – Sigwa hosted by Alay ng Kultura

7:30pm – Sounds of a New Hope hosted by AnakBayan Seattle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27th, 2012

Contact: Fernando Argosino
Chair, Alay ng Kultura
fargosino@gmail.com

Alay Ng Kultura Celebrates People’s Arts and Culture Through AgitProp Film FestivalSeattle, WA – On September 29-30, 2012, Alay ng Kultura (AK) is launching Filipino American History Monthby bringing AgitProp Film Festival to Seattle at the Ethnic Cultural Theater at the University University Of Washington.Alay ng Kultura (“offering of culture” in Tagalog) is a collective of artists and cultural workers of Philippine descent. This project is based on AgitProp International Film Festival on People’s Struggles, led by Southern Tagalog Exposure (ST Ex)and presented as part of the festivities during the International Conference on Progressive Culture (ICPC) and the International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS) Assembly in Manila, Philippines in July 2011.

In commemoration on Martial Law in the Philippines, the opening festivities features Geo Quibuyen, also known as Geologic of Blue Scholars, presenting “The Resistance of Philippine Cinema.” This will take place on the anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law on September 21, 2012 at 6 pm, and will conclude with performances by Alay ng Kultura and other local artists. “Forty years ago, in the midst of uprisings against government corruption and U.S. imperialist war, military rule was signed into law by dictator Ferdinand Marcos,” explained Fernando Argosino, Chair of Alay ng Kultura. “Although this was a time of intense political repression, we must also remember the unity amongst our people, who were fighting for genuine democracy in the Philippines.”

In celebration of people’s art and culture, Alay ng Kultura is honoring the rich legacy of Philippine resistance through films. “Have you seen a Filipino filmmaker in the big screen in the United States? This is a rare opportunity for Filipinos, and anyone who loves films that highlight social issues. Not only that, we are creating a space for dialogue, ” said Fernando Argosino. “Agitation Propaganda or AgitProp illustrate our common struggles, and how arts and cultural work can be used to address it .”

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Washington chapter of the Filipino American Student Alliance (UW-FASA), as well as Bayan-PNW, Pin@y Sa Seattle, Philippine-US Solidarity Organization (PUSO), Anakbayan- Seattle and Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW).

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From our allies at the Washington Fair Trade Coalition, URGENT news and action on the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement negotiations that happened in Leesburg, Virginia this week.

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FAIR TRADE NOW! September 2012 Newsletter
Washington Fair Trade Coalition
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Walmart, Cargill, PhRMA….& YOU??!! Project Your Voice at the TPP negotiations this Weekend!
Cargill, GlaxoSmithKline, News Corp, Nike and Wal-Mart are just a few of the huge corporations whose voices will be heard by Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators during the 14th round of negotiations that just opened in Leesburg, Virginia.Project your voice this weekend, too! Click here to find out how.Email/tweet your comments & Citizen’s Trade Campaign will project them on a large screen inside the resort where negotiators are meeting this Sunday, September 9th.  And in the spirit of open dialogue, they are inviting negotiators to post their responses in real time!
What do you want negotiators to hear?

Release the Texts! No More NAFTAs! Don’t Offshore good-paying jobs!  Stop attacking environmental and consumer safety policies! More not less regulations on Wall Street! Stop, displacing family farmers! Extend access to generic medicines!  Internet Neutrality!! Food Sovereignty! Democracy in US Trade Policy! Don’t undermine US labor laws & environmental regulations! No special tribunals for foreign investors!

Take Action Now!
Tweet at:   #opentpp

Are you in the mid-Atlantic region this weekend? Be a part of the  TPP: Out of the Shadows! Rally for Good Jobs, Affordable Medicine and a Healthy Environment taking place in Leesburg, Virginia on Sunday, September 9th.  

What are people saying about this next round?

Amnesty International http://amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/tpp-must-not-trade-away-free-speech-and-health-2012-09-06

Certain Members of Congress http://www.ip-watch.org/2012/09/06/us-congressional-push-for-release-of-tpp-text-us-pressuring-nations-bilaterally/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alerts

http://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech-technology-and-liberty-national-security/biggest-threat-free-speech-and

Rep. McDermott Calls for more TPP Transparency!!

Responding to an IBEW Local 46 resolution demanding that he write a letter calling for greater transparency in the TransPacific Partnership negotiations or face losing his endorsement by the WSLC, Rep. McDermott sided with Labor and did the right thing!Rep. McDermott sent a letter advocating for USTR to release summaries of what is being negotiated to civil society, more significant  involvement of labor, social justice and environmental groups in advising USTR throughout the negotiations, and more access to the draft texts by members of Congress!IBEW took this strong action because Rep. McDermott has consistently voted for bad trade agreements which have cost IBEW nationally over 300,000 jobs in off-shored manufacturing.
“Getting Rep. Mcdermott to take action was a victory for Labor. IBEW thanks the Congressman for being responsive, Lynne Dodson (WSLC/WFTC) for helping broker the deal and the WFTC for raising our member’s consciousness on trade issues so that we had the wherewithall to make the Resolution. I stress we have a long way to got to stop the TPP.” Nicole Grant, WSAEW Statewide Political Coordinator

Shannon Hagen, Business Rep & Organizer for IBEW Local 46 and WFTC Boardmember, also spoke to the resolution: “Brothers and Sisters, make no mistake, our intention is to STOP the TPP!  The intention (of this resolution) was to create a conversation, to start actually demanding the accountability we all talk about but never get from our politicians.  To get REAL measurable actions from our elected officials.  For us as a body to elect Leaders that Lead, not just follow.”

The WFTC as a whole shares in this game-changing victory! Well done everyone!

 SHORT UPDATES


 FAIR TRADE CALENDAR

CAGJ’s AGRA Watch welcomes Lawrence Mkhaliphi South African Food Sovereignty Activist
Thursday Sept 13, 7 – 9pm
Location TBD – call Heather Day for more info: 206-724-2243
CAGJ’s AGRA Watch project is excited to be working with IDEX to bring Lawrence Mkhaliphi to the Northwest on Thursday & Friday September 13 & 14! Mkhaliphi works with CAGJ Partner, AFSA, and is a tremendous community trainer, agroecologist, farmer, researcher and leader in South Africa in the food and climate justice movements. He has been with Biowatch since 1999, and is co-author of their June 2012 Policy Report: Securing Farmers’ Rights and Seed Sovereignty in South Africa (download from Biowatch).Farm Bill Workshop
WED Sept 19, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: CAGJ Office, 606 Maynard Ave S #102 in the Int’l District

The 2012 Farm Bill is being written right now! Learn about how this crucial legislation affects our health, our economy, and our environment, and connect it to the global food system and food sovereignty. Discuss how we can work toward establishing an equitable, sustainable and healthy food system, and take action on site! Workshop will be given by the Northwest Farm Bill Action Group. For more info contact CAGJ: 206-405-4600 or email CAGJ’s Food Justice Project: fjp@seattleglobaljustice.orgNovember 30th-AFL-CIO’s Celeste Drake comes to WA to celebrate the 13th Anniversary of the WTO, on the eve of Canada and Mexico joining the TPP! Stay tuned for events & actions.

 

                 606 Maynard Ave South #102 Seattle, WA 98104 ~ 206. 227.3079 ~ kristen@washingtonfairtrade.org