Rochester Environment Newsletter Nov. 13, 2016

RENewsletter | November 13, 2016 The Free environmental newsletter from RochesterEnvironment.com “Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change.” *Note: Henceforth ‘environment’ means ‘our life support system.’ [11/06/2016 – 11/13/2016] Adapting to and mitigating Climate Change in a way that sustains all life while striving to do so equitably is the defining issue of … Continue reading »

Clinton’s war presidency by Doug Noble

Clinton’s war presidency from City Newspaper 11/02/2016 In her latest Urban Journal (October 26), Mary Anna Towler laments that a Clinton presidency won’t heal the nation’s divisions because “bipartisanship is functionally dead.” While this may be true of national politics and the electorate, bipartisan support for Clinton’s militarist foreign policy is alarmingly robust and could lead … Continue reading »

Flush the TPP

Dear Corporate Greed Resisters, The Trans-Pacific Partnership is coming to a vote in Congress this fall and its proponents are worried. Last week they read about police repression against TTP protesters in Lima, Peru… their palms got sweaty. Their contacts in Spain called in – panicked – to report demonstrations in over 40 cities all … Continue reading »

Best Anti-TPP flyers

Citizen.org TPP Factsheet June 2016 PDF Citizen.org Obama vs Obama Infographic PDF The Movement for Black Lives Economic Justice Agenda opposes TPP TPP: A Flawed Trade Agreement that Benefits Corporations at the Expense of Society by Joseph Stiglitz April 1, 2016 (25 page PDF document)

Best Anti-TPP Video

Noam Chomsky on trade agreements May 15, 2016 Robert Reich Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is a Pending Disaster MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015 (text) Elizabeth Warren on the TPP July 7, 2016 From Food and Water Watch January 15, 2014 Oregon Fair Trade Campaign video March 14, 2012  

Links to media reports (pro and con) about the TPP

Finding who is for the TPP and why will help you understand the importance of the TPP Proponents of TPP: Link to Google Doc with links to items The opponents provide counter arguments to the passage of TPP Opponents of TPP: Link to Google Doc with links to items

National Popular Vote

Half of the campaign events in the 2016 general-election campaign for President have been in just 4 states (Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio). The map below shows the number of campaign events in each state between the nominating conventions and the first debate.  Twenty-nine states have been totally ignored in this consequential race for President.  Virtually all (88%) of the events were in … Continue reading »

Mega Vote October 3, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding – Cloture Motion on Substitute Amendment Senate: Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding – Cloture Motion on the … Continue reading »

Draft presentation material on the TPP

Here are our main points from the petition. We are opposed because this deal would: Permit foreign corporations to sue the U.S. government in private tribunals and order unlimited sums of taxpayer funds to be handed over to these corporations (Investor-State Dispute Settlement or ISDS agreements). Make it easier for corporations to ship jobs to … Continue reading »

Mega Vote September 26, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Cloture on Motion to Proceed Senate: Prohibit Sales of Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia – Motion to Table House: Legal Challenges to Federal Rules House: Identify Assets of Top Iranians House: Defer Taxing Stock Options for … Continue reading »

Mega Vote September 21, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Water Resources Development – Motion to Invoke Cloture Senate: Water Resources Development – Passage House: Health Expenses Tax Deductions House: Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications House: Veterans Affairs Department Accountability House: Prohibit Guantanamo Transfers Upcoming Congressional Bills Senate: Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations … Continue reading »

Mega Vote September 15, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Conference Report Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill House: Prevent Government Settlement Donations to 3rd Parties – … Continue reading »

Which is More Dangerous for America, ISIS or ISDS?

By Grania Marcus and John Huber Everyone knows about ISIS, the Islamic State that has produced horrific videos of beheadings and executions in the Middle East, and nearly everyone agrees that ISIS is extremely dangerous. ISDS? You’ve never heard of it? That’s no surprise, because multinational corporations and the politicians that benefit from their political … Continue reading »

McConnell Signals No Lame-Duck Vote on TPP

Published on Friday, August 26, 2016 by Common Dreams ‘Good News,’ Says Sanders, as McConnell Signals No Lame-Duck Vote on TPP read full story at this link. Senate Majority Leader punts corporate-friendly trade deal to next administration by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that the U.S. Senate will not vote on the 12-nation, … Continue reading »

What’s wrong with trade agreements?

Opponents of TPP (and other trade agreements) Six things to know about the TPP from Public Citizen Eyes on Trade Stop Calling the TPP a Trade Agreement – It Isn’t by Dave Johnson Campaign for America’s Future The Movement for Black Lives Economic Justice Agenda opposes TPP Despite What Media Says, TPP Isn’t About Free Trade — … Continue reading »

Advancement Project “Right to Vote”

When leaders from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) put it all on the line in the fight for voting rights, they did not imagine that in 2016 we would still be fighting the same fight all over again. In a dramatic new Advancement Project video, SNCC leaders join contemporary racial justice voices to discuss … Continue reading »

Witness Palestine Film Festival 2016

Download PDF flyer here.  The fifth annual Witness Palestine Film Festival starts in one month, on September 15, 2016. This may be our most interesting one yet. But you need to be the judge. Please consider attending the seven different programs, each presented once between September 15 and October 21. Two programs are free. As … Continue reading »

Being an Ally with #BlackLivesMatter

Many of us were at the #BlackLivesMatter rally on July 8th. The Band of Rebels will continue to support the 74 people arrested in to join in further events organized by the #BlackLivesMatter coalition. Rochester Contacts Enough is Enough Rochester   Enough is Enough Facebook BLACK Facebook   BLACK website (coming soon) Be a Co-conspirator: (from Advancement … Continue reading »

Mega Vote, July 19, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Opioid Programs – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Conference Report Senate: Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Motion to Concur in the House Amendments to the Senate Amendments to the Bill Senate: Opioid Programs – Agreeing to the Conference Report Senate: Fiscal … Continue reading »

Mega Vote, July 14, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: “Sanctuary Cities” – Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill Senate: Increase Prison Sentences for Undocumented Criminals – Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill Senate: Labeling Requirements for Genetically Modified Organisms in Foods – Cloture on the … Continue reading »

Black Lives Matter Rally

Shut this Shit Down Black Lives Matter Rally Facebook Event Link Friday, July 8, 2016 4:00 pm Liberty Pole 1 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, New York 14604 IF BLACK LIVES MATTER TO YOU…..THEN BE HERE!!!

Mega Vote June 28, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on National Instant Criminal Background Check System Amendment Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Background Checks for All Firearm Sales Amendment Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Firearms Transfers and Suspicion of … Continue reading »