WFP and Joe Stiglitz Pressure NY Electeds on TPP

In These Times reports on WFP’s efforts to organize against the Trans-Pacific Partnership in New York and across the country, including a rally headlined by Nobel Laureate Economist Joseph Stiglitz explaining why the TPP is such a disaster for American workers and for our democracy.

The Working Families Party of New York has expended considerable effort organizing in Jackson Heights, a diverse, largely immigrant section of New York City, to pressure local Rep. Thomas Crowley. Crowley is a very influential Democrat on the Ways and Means committee who has been evasive about which way he will vote on the issue. According to Cantor, similar efforts to convince reticent politicians of the agreement’s dangers have been strong nationwide….

Labor unions, community organizations and Nobel laureates don’t often share a public school auditorium, but that was precisely the constellation of characters that gathered on a recent Wednesday night at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights to discuss the potential ramifications of the TPP, which is slated for congressional fast-tracking.

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