Friday, June 27th at 6:30 PM
Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren
783 W. Highland Avenue
Elgin, IL 60123 Sponsored by Elgin Green Groups Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice & Occupy Elgin
Melting sea ice, glacier loss and rising sea levels. Severe droughts and wildfires. Increasingly severe tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding. Record heat waves. Climate change is no longer a prediction for the future, but a startling reality of today. Yet, as evidence of our changing climate mounts and the scientific consensus proves human causation, there continues to be little political action to thwart the warming of our planet. “Greedy Lying Bastards” investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem placing us on the brink of disaster. The film details the people and organizations casting doubt on climate science and claims that greenhouse gases are not affected by human behavior. From the Koch Brothers to ExxonMobil, to oil industry front groups, to prominent politicians and Justices, this provocative exposé unravels the layers of deceit threatening democracy and the ability for future generations to survive on planet earth.read more
The Trans Pacific Partnership is a proposed new trade treaty which opponents call NAFTA on Steroids. NIJwJ believes that it will eliminate many thousands of jobs for US workers, create new obstacles to environmental protection, climate protection, food safety , and workers’ rights. It will also increase the cost of prescription drugs, and impose new, extremely restrictive rules on the exchange of information and “content” on the internet.
The Trans Pacific Partnership is a threat to democracy because it gives multinational corporations the right to sue nation states, including the US, which pass laws which interfere with a corporation’s “expected future profits.” So, if the US passes the Employee Free Choice Act, or a Carbon Tax, or even a “Buy American” law, the United States could be sued for doing that. The case would be tried before a three person panel, made up of corporate lawyers, who could impose substantial fines (to be paid out of taxpayer money) or possibly the law could be overturned. These tribunals would be held in secret and there would be no appeal.read more
Mary Shesgreen sums up what happened inside Villa Olivia at Tammy Duckworth’s fundraiser.
“After our excellent picket line, complete with the beautiful Light Brigade signs, Carol Nightingale and I went inside to participate in the Elgin Township Democrat’s Dinner.
We were able to circulate and give flyers and TPP Occucards to almost everybody there. A few people disapproved of our picket, so refused our handouts.
After the dinner, Tammy gave a talk and then took questions. So, I asked her what position she took on Fast Track and the TPP.
She laid on the charm by expressing concern for all of us being out there in the cold. Said she was “worried about us.” She told the audience that those of us who were out there protesting were doing something valuable and good by raising important questions. A complete charm offensive. Made herself look very good indeed.
Then she replied to the question She listed several things she did not like about both Fast Track and the TPP, but said she was still not going to come out against either one of them because there would be a modified version of Fast Track coming out which might be improved and better, with some built in protections.
I said it was my understanding that any modified version of a Fast Track bill might have provisions that sound good but they would not be sufficient or enforceable. She responded by saying something to the effect that she was very aware of these dangers and would not fall for anything that would not be enforceable.
She then talked about how, “Of course we have to have Trade. Trade is important and good….Our manufacturers need to be able to sell their products abroad.”
I piped up one more time and said, “Why can’t we have Fair Trade instead of Free Trade.”
And again she gave a smooth and meaningless answer.
I have to marvel at how well she can sound like a progressive, and continue to say nothing at all, and evade any commitment. I was also aware of a kind of slant she was working into her replies that suggested that the whole danger about these trade treaties was the other countries would take unfair advantage of the US, and she would be the guardian of our moral American values against those foreigners. I found that pretty nauseating, because there is so much coercion going on in the opposite direction.
I had to shut up at that point, because I sensed that I was wearing out my welcome with the audience.
Anyway, the whole thing was worthwhile, in spite of Tammy skillful slipperiness.
We educated all those Dems about the TPP. And we put some pressure on Tammy.”