By Dave Johnson via Campaign for America's FutureFast track trade authority passed last month. So many of us fought so hard but The Money won again – this time. What do we do now? We take this awareness and energy into the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). And then, win or lose, we build a fair trade movement that will eventually rewrite all of our trade agreements and policies so that they work for We the People instead of just a few people. Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats On the one hand, Wall Street and the big corporations again pushed through a rigged process called “fast track” that keeps us and our Congress from “meddling” with corporate-written agreements setting down the “rules for trade in the 21st century.” And those rules are, of course, going to be very good for the plutocrats who write them and very bad for the rest of us. Fast track seriously greases the skids to get TPP and other trade deals through so it will be a very tough fight. On the other hand, more and more people “get” that, and more and more people are fired up to do something about it. So we are strong. In spite of a virtual media blackout, millions of people signed petitions, tens and hundreds of thousands called or wrote Congress and thousands of organizations came out in opposition. And this is before most of the public is even aware that another “trade” deal is in the works. Still to come is the public fight over the TPP itself. Even our corporate-controlled media won’t be able to keep that fight under wraps. This is clearly an opportunity to build a public movement to fix our bad trade policies.
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