Packed Room at the Fast Track/TPP Community Forum!

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

Click here to see all the photos, taken by Amy Roe!



TPP/Fast Track Forum May 18th! 7pm at Kirkwood Library

The resistance to Fast Track and secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continues to grow thanks to all of you!
We just have to keep up the pressure to make sure our Delaware delegation votes NO. We want them to stand firm for fair trade that builds up the middle class and protects human/environmental rights, unfortunately the TPP will weaken these.
Tomorrow, Monday May 18th, at 7pm at Kirkwood Library (6000 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington) we have a chance to keep up the momentum! We will be holding a forum to express our views. Below is more information
Forum Opener: County Executive Tom Gordon
• Rev. Robert Hall, Executive Director of the Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families
• Sam Lathem, President of the Delaware State AFL-CIO
• Ursala Garnett, Head of the International Pillar for Complexities of Color
• Mina Itabashi, Field Organizer of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
• Stephanie Herron, Coordinator of the Sierra Club of Delaware

Board Elections + Forum on the TPP/Fast Track

On May 27th at 7pm at Brandywine Library will be our next Chapter Meeting.

We have special guest Stephanie Herron from the Sierra Club to show how we can support the campaign for energy efficiency in Delaware!

We will also be having our Board Elections.

Forum on the TPP and Fast Track!

Who: Delaware Americans for Democratic Action
What: Community forum on the TPP/Fast Track
When: Monday, May 18th at 7pm
Where: Kirkwood Library (6000 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE 19808)

There has been increasing public interest on the issue of Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (such as Delaware ADA member Barbara Mullin’s LTE published today!).

At this community forum, Delawareans can learn more about this issue, share their thoughts and questions, and learn what they can do about it.

County Executive Thomas Gordon will open the forum.

We also have a panel discussion, represented by:
-Rev. Robert Hall, Executive Director of the Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families
-Sam Lathem, President of the Delaware State AFL-CIO
-Ursala Garnett, Head of the International Pillar for Complexities of Color
-Stephanie Herron, Coordinator for the Sierra Club of Delaware
-Mina Itabashi, Field Organizer for Public Citizen

Co-sponsors include: Delaware Coalition for Open Government (DelCOG), Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) of Delaware, and Pacem in Terris

To RSVP just click here or email Drew Serres at

Great Georgetown Rally to Oppose the TPP/Fast Track!

Last Friday, Delaware ADA , labor, and faith communities from Sussex County came to Rep. Carney’s Georgetown office to ask him to commit to vote against the TPP and Fast Track.

Check out more photos from the rally here (thank you Jeff Richman!)

Delaware ADA was also quoted in the news a few times as well about the TPP/Fast Track!

Claire Snyder-Hall said in the News Journal “Fast Track and TPP are bad for American workers, but they are also bad for democracy…TPP erodes the ability of the American people to make laws for themselves. Laws passed to protect American workers, the environment, local industries, or food safety could be deemed unfair trade practices under TPP, and there will be nothing we can do about it.”

Susan Meany had her Op-Ed published as well. “We know that various multinational corporations are ramping up pressure on Rep. Carney to pass Fast Track. [Which is why] Members of labor unions, environmental groups, government accountability groups and more have come together to demonstrate broad opposition to this corporate trade deal.”

Please consider sharing this Op-Ed on Facebook/Twitter to show you oppose the TPP!  

Delaware ADA Board Elections on May 27th at 7pm!

Delaware ADA has been pretty busy over the past month, and now our new board elections are already here!

The election of the new board will take place on May 27th at 7pm.

If you want to increase your involvement with Delaware ADA, now is your chance!

We already have a few people who wish to serve, so let Drew know soon if you might be interested whether you have been a long-term member, or only been to a few meetings. Email him at

ADA in the News!

This last week Delaware ADA was pretty busy!

We had our first Southern Delaware ADA meeting, where we focused on how to work for economic justice and everyone signed up to take action! We’re excited for the next one!

Delaware ADA Op-Ed on Tax Reform

Over the past week, Delaware ADA was also in the news a few times! Check out Delaware ADA President Mike Matthews’ Op-Ed on Tax Reform.

Mike writes “Under our current U.S. tax system big corporations pay too little, while workers and small businesses have to pick up the tab…We need “policies that encourage small business growth and lift people out of poverty.”

“We hope Rep. Carney will hone his efforts on the priorities his constituents want: closing tax loopholes like inversion, ending corporate tax dodging, and limiting tax deductions for the wealthy.

If you agree with the Op-Ed, please like and share with your networks! We need to make sure we change our tax system so it supports middle class economic growth!

#NoFast Track Rally

Last Friday Delaware ADA helped organize a Rally outside Rep. Carney’s office to ask for him to commit to vote against Fast Track and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Here’s a link to a video of the rally (thank you Lori!).

This massive TPP trade deal is being negotiated in secret. The public and press do not have access to the negotiations, while over 500 corporate “trade advisers” are the ones helping to write the agreement.

Add your name to the petition to show your support for an open, democratic discussion of the TPP, and to tell Rep. Carney that you say NO to any fast track option.

We will be having another Rally in Southern Delaware on April 24th at 1pm in Georgetown. Let me know if you would be interested in attending.