Out Against Joe Crowley's Deadly Free Trade Votes!
Death Squad Joe during his appearance at a town hall meeting in
Jacson Heights, Queens!
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Congressional Rep and Queens Democratic Machine Boss Joseph Crowley,
first won his Congressional seat in an unopposed primary and is
reelected term after term with virtually no electoral opposition.
Crowley has abused this safe seat to continually sell out the
interests of the 99% while taking in big money from the corporate
Crowley heads the New Democrats Coalition, an
alliance of centrist, pro-corporate Democratic legislators tied to
the infamous Democratic Leadership Council. A ProPublica expose
revealed the New Democrats's close ties to “large banks,
pharmaceutical firms, insurance companies, and big-ticket trade
The Office of Congressional Ethics recommended a full-blown
probe of whether improperly solicited donations from corporate
executives just before voting on legislation overhauling Wall Street.
The scrutiny centers on a series of fund-raisers -- including one
Crowley attended last Dec. 10, at which he collected thousands of
dollars from financial power brokers before returning to the Capitol
to vote against a series of amendments that would have imposed
tougher restrictions on Wall Street. Crowley was reported to have
received at least $23,500 before the vote.
As New Democrats
coalition leader, Crowley, a member of the House Ways and Means
Committee, Congressional committee that oversees trade legislation,
pushed Obama to pass free trade agreements with Colombia, South
Korea, and Panama, pressured other Congressmembers to vote for them,
and voted for all three agreements in October – despite knowing
that these agreements will:
- give foreign corporation the
right to sue the US for unlimited sums in international tribunals if
they believe our environmental, health, food safety, and labor laws
interfere with their future potential profits.
- protect the
1% and multinational corporations' use of Panamanian banks to hide
their wealth to avoid paying taxes in the US while vital social
services are cut. This will also help Colombia cocaine cartels linked
to paramilitary terrorist groups launder drug profits.
outsource an estimated 214,000 US jobs – many to exploitative
- exacerbate the destruction of the Amazon
rainforest, Panama's Darien Rainforest and other endangered
ecosystems and wildlife by oil, mining, logging, natural gas, and
plantation agriculture interests.
- ban regulations on Wall
Street – prohibiting rules against toxic derivatives, “too
big to fail”, and commonsense capital controls.
exacerbate human rights atrocities and assassinations of labor
organizers, indigenous leaders, Afro-Colombians, environmental and
gay rights activists, judges, journalists, children, and community
organizers by government-linked, right-wing paramilitary death squads
working to advance the interests of Coca-Cola and other US
corporations operating in Colombia. Since the October vote for the
Colombia FTA the assassinations have continued with victims including
an election observer, an indigenous leader, an advocate for the
rights of displaced persons, and a union organizer.
continue the displacement of indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples
in Colombia and Panama.
- expand exports of inhumane,
polluting, dangerous factory farms that produce toxic foods and
incubate diseases like swine flu and bird flu and drive family
farmers out of business.
- limit access to AIDS drugs and
other life saving medications by expanding corporate patent rights on
- encourage the privatization of education and other
public services, making them less affordable for the 99%.
force South Korea to eliminate its ban on genetically modified foods
and to import US cars that fail to meet Korean auto emissions
standards, exacerbating climate change.
negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new, 9 country free
trade agreement that looks to be even worse than the Panama,
Colombia, and South Korea Free Trade Agreements, it's vital that we
let Congressman Crowley and other Wall Street Democrats know that
they will be held accountable when they sell us out to the 1%!