Great national day of action on TPPA - what's next?
Bulletin #47 6 April 2014
GREAT National Day of Action on 29 March!
thousands took action in 16 parts of the country local democracy came alive massive media coverage (see below) huge education outreach over 20,000 website hits in a week political parties, unions, major organisations came out against the TPPA !
You can check out some videos here, here, here, here, here and videos and photos here.
We've also been sent heaps of photos - some are here, here, here, here, here, and here. There are many more, and we would like to archive these on our website. We will keep you updated about this!
THREE THINGS you can do NOW
- Strengthen and expand the networks so thousands more people are ready to take to the streets at short notice.
Lots of people have asked when the next march is! It’s great to have that energy around the campaign. But instead of setting a date for the sake of it, we really need people to be ready to mobilise with very little notice.
Keep your placards, banners and props. Strengthen your facebook, email and person-to-person networks. Talk to your workmates, families, classmates and neighbours Get your organisations aware and active Leaflet or set up tables at local events Arrange to speak to local groups like Grey Power Write to the local papers Picket outside government or corporate meetings Work on local branches of the Labour Party to get the Party off the fence.
We can help you with many of these actions - if you want some guidance get in touch with Ed on firstname.lastname@example.org.
When might something happen?
The current state of play suggests there could be a ministerial meeting in late May where they could try to make the big decisions. That will depend on Obama’s visit to Japan on 23-25 April and whether they can bridge the gap that is holding up the process.
If they reach a deal, the dominoes will begin to fall very rapidly. There will be very little advance notice. If not, the next action may not be until the trade ministers meet for the G-20 in Sydney on 19 July.
- Join in the local government campaign
On 2 April Horowhenua joined the list of councils with resolutions:
Horizons Regional Council
Who can advise you on how to do this?
Greg has prepared a brilliant toolkit to help people raise the issue with local and regional councils.
- Blitz the Media
The media coverage was just great, especially in the regional media. Debate followed on for several more days, including talkback, blogs and letters to the editor.
We need to maintain the visibility through really basic actions, like:
letters to the editor of the main papers letters to local papers ringing talkback online comments on stories comments on blogs, especially kiwiblog and whaleoil
Dunedin TV, 28 March 2014
95bFM’s The Wire, 31 March
Sunday Star-Times, 30.3.2014, page 2.
Herald on Sunday – 30.3.2014, newsbrief on page 3.
Whanganui Chronicle, front page lead and photo, 31 March
Northern Advocate, page 5 lead and photo, 31 March
Taranaki Daily News, page 2 lead and photo, 31 March
Otago Daily Times, article and photo, 31 March
Bay of Plenty Times page 5 lead and photo, 31 March
Manawatu Standard, page 3 story and photo, 31 March
Nelson Mail, page 2 lead story and two photos, 31 March
Hawkes Bay Today, page 8 newsbrief and photo, 31 March (not online)
Southland Times, page 8 article and photo, 31 March (not online)
And prior to the march:
Manawatu Standard – 28 March, page 4.
Bay of Plenty Times – 29 March, page 3
Hawkes Bay Today – 28 March, page 3
Whanganui Chronicle – 29 March, newsbrief page 5, not online
Whanganui Chronicle – 24 March
Waikato Times – newsbrief, page 3 - 29.3.2014
Trade deal protest
Growing public concern about the affect the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement will have on local democracy and decision making has prompted Hamilton campaigners to organise an event today calling on the government to stop the secret negotiations. The event will be held in Garden Place, with live music and speakers, including community campaigners and members of Parliament, is part of a national day of action against the TPPA. It will kick off at 1pm.
Fairfax, 29 March
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9883535/Labour-on-the-fence-about-trade-deal and prior to the march: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9883252/Protest-marches-against-trade-deal
DomPost online, 29 March
Sun Live Tauranga, 29 March
APNZ/ Herald Online
Bay of Plenty Times online