Monday, February 24, 2014

More than 1,000 anti-Fast Track calls made to Congress despite news blackout

Teamsters protesting Fast Track
Teamsters made more than a thousand calls on Thursday to members of Congress telling them to vote against Fast Track. It was an impressive effort that's going a long way to persuade Congress that voting for Fast Track or job-killing trade deals like the TPP would be a very, very bad idea.

What's even more impressive is that so many calls were made despite a conspiracy of silence about the TPP among the mainstream news media. Media Matters conducted a study that found the three nightly network news programs -- ABC, CBS and NBC -- did not mention the TPP AT ALL over the past six months. That's because corporate-owned news organizations WANT the TPP, which is, after all, nothing but a corporate power grab. They know iif they keep people in the dark about it, Congress just might approve it.

What you won't find out from the mainstream media is that trade talks are going on right now in Singapore. The United States Trade Representative would very much like to make an announcement tonight that a TPP deal has finally been made. You'll have to stay tuned to TeamsterNation tomorrow to learn what happens.

Meanwhile, a social media campaign is underway to embarrass the mainstream media to cover the TPP. It is, after all, the most important jobs and wages story in a generation. This week, ABC is being pressured to pay attention to the trade talks. If you tweet, Facebook Reddit, Instagram or Tumblr, have at it!