On May 18th Delaware Americans for Democratic Action (Delaware ADA) hosted a Community Forum on Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The forum was packed!
County Executive Tom Gordon opened the forum. He spoke on how Delaware has low unemployment, but many good middle class jobs are no longer here.
County Executive Gordon pointed to NAFTA as one the key contributors to this problem, and said the TPP would be a continuation of this trend.
“It boggles my mind that our leaders in Washington, D.C. have actually entertained these agreements as potentially helping the United States despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.”
“The only ones who have benefited from this raw deal for Americans are the corporations that abandoned us some time ago in favor of cheaper, unsafe labor overseas.”
The forum also had a range of panelists from faith, environment, community, and consumer rights groups:
- Rev. Robert Hall, Executive Director of the Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families
- Ursala Garnett, Head of the International Pillar for Complexities of Color
- Stephanie Herron, Organizer of the Sierra Club of Delaware
- Mina Itabashi, Field Organizer of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
Ursala Garnett of Complexities of Color summed up the general tone of those at the forum. She said “We are not opposed to trade…We want to know ‘Where’s the benefit for Delaware?’ We want trade that benefits the majority of people, and not just a few individuals and corporations.”
We had numerous co-sponsors including: AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Common Cause, Complexities of Color, CWA, Delaware Coalition for Open Government, Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families, Pacem in Terris, Progressive Democrats for Delaware, Public Citizen, and the Sierra Club.