DUCKS PROTESTORS, COMMON VOTERS, BUT NOT THE BENJAMINS
Temecula, CA – It should come as no surprise that Hillary Clinton is acting as if she is a shoe-in for 2016. At the joint Bilderberg she and Obama last attended when they both disappeared for a weekend, they were told “this time a black man, next time a woman.” Look for Hillary to disappear again on the weekend of June 4-7 or 11-14 to get her barking orders. So who are the Bilderbergs, you ask?
While the mainstream media habitually fails to afford Bilderberg the press coverage it demands – characterizing the group as a mere “talking shop” – innumerable examples of the organization having a direct impact on global policy have been documented in recent years, leading to charges that the group is fundamentally undemocratic in nature.
In 2010, former NATO Secretary-General and Bilderberg member Willy Claes’ admitted that Bilderberg attendees are mandated to implement policy decisions that are formulated during the meeting.
In 2013, Italian lawyer Alfonso Luigi Marra requested that the Public Prosecutor of Rome investigate the clandestine organization for criminal activity, questioning whether the group’s 2011 meeting in Switzerland led to the selection of Mario Monti as Prime Minister of Italy.
In 2009, Bilderberg chairman Étienne Davignon even bragged about how the Euro single currency was a brainchild of the Bilderberg Group.
This year's meeting will be reminiscent of the 2011 meeting in St. Moritz, Switzerland, when Bilderbergers retreated into the mountains, shielded by winding roads and forest cover. And 'no', if you're not going you don't need to know where the meeting is. What concerns us here is Hillary Clinton and her smugness. The Presidency isn't like making a mountain of money off Wall Street or Whitewater. We are not looking for a queen. Here's the story on Beverly Hills.
“So, the woman who is trying to position herself as a supporter of the middle class, spent the entire day behind closed doors raising $2700 donations from the 1% and conducting meetings with people who would be prepared to give and bundle donations ten times that amount to her Super Pac. But she was afraid to drive by 50 average Joes asking her to take a stand on one of the most important bills to come before Congress in a decade. This does not bode well for how she would govern if elected President,” says Lauren Steiner.
On Thursday a week ago, around 50 people attended a press conference and rally to tell Hillary Clinton to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement with 12 countries consisting of 40% of the world’s trade. The TPP fast track bill was scheduled for a vote in the Senate this past Tuesday. The protesters plan was to urge Clinton to come out against the TPP, the trade agreement she touted while she was Secretary of State, calling it “the gold standard in trade agreements.”
Mark Morris, one of the protest organizers, read the remarks of Beverly Hills Vice Mayor John Mirisch, who could not be there in person. Mirisch expressed grave concern about the subversion of local laws to unaccountable corporate trade tribunals, the lack of enforceable human rights provisions in the bill and the secrecy of the negotiations:
“Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to regulate trade. They should not be handing it over to the president. Right now, if Congress even wants to see the 2000-plus page agreement, they are ushered into this room in a basement; they can’t bring an staff member with expertise; they cannot take notes; and they are forbidden from talking about anything they read. This kind of cloak and dagger stuff should be reserved for national security not the protection of corporate profits.”
Representing Expose the TPP-USA, I spoke about my family’s clothing manufacturing business started by my grandfather during the Depression, which went from employing International Ladies Garment Workers Union members in the North, to employing hundred of workers in several factories in the South, to moving to Mexico after NAFTA, and then to China after the WTO, and finally liquidating the business:
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“My father’s factories were just a few of the 57,000 shuttered in this country since NAFTA. His workers were just a few hundred of the 5 million who lost their jobs. If the TPP passes, more factories will close and millions more workers will lose their jobs. On behalf of those factory owners and workers, I urge Hillary Clinton to oppose the TPP and Fast Track.”
Zuri Allen from the Organic Consumers Association addressed how the TPP would affect food safety and GMO labeling laws:
“Consumers across the U.S. are fighting for the right to know what is in the food they eat and feed their families, but the fast track would make it even harder to get these labels. We are very concerned about Hillary Clinton’s involvement with biotech interests and the fast track. This process will weaken imported food inspection and labeling laws only to satisfy the corporate interests who are writing these trade deals.”
Jack Eidt, Organizer with SoCal Climate Action Coalition/350.org spoke about the affect of the TPP on environment regulations:
“Foreign fossil fuel corporations love free trade deals, and just forget about our ongoing drought, record-setting heat waves, and collapse of the Pacific Ocean ecosystem. TPP would sabotage our efforts to cut climate-disrupting greenhouse gases, ban fracking, and reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline by allowing corporations the right to sue governments to protect their profits in private trade courts. Instead of transitioning to a clean energy economy, TPP would extend our fossil fuel addiction for decades and export our coal, crude oil and fracked natural gas to the world.”
Jonathan Klein, Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (C.L.U.E.), spoke of his work as an animal rights activist and said “laws making it illegal to videotape what goes on behind the walls of factory farms are exactly what would would be seeing with the TPP…This affects not just the 99% but the 99.999%. The only people who won’t be affected are the ones who have the ability to go to space and live there for the rest of their lives.”
Others spoke about the ills of the proposed Fast Track and the TPP. After the rally, we watched a couple of dances from an Aztec dance troupe, Danza Mexica Quactemoc, who then marched with us a half a mile to the corner of the street leading to the gated community where the fundraiser was being held. For 90 minutes, we chanted and waved signs and enjoyed supportive honks and high fives from rush hour commuters.
However, an hour after the fundraiser was set to begin, we realized that Hillary had taken the back door detour into the gated community. If you would like to stop this global corporate coup d’etat, call Senator Feinstein and other 'yahs' on this list. Make your voice heard. Fight SPECTRE.
(Story source - Lauren Steiner, LA Progressive; Photos: Mike Chickey, Barry Levine)