With votes on the Panama, Colombia, and South Korea Free Trade Agreements expected to take place before the end of July, TradeJustice NY Metro is scrambling to prepare and deliver the thousands of signed postcards we've collected against these agreements to Congress. Over the last three years, we've developed a series of form letter postcards addressing issue areas impacted by these free trade agreements - climate change, AIDS drug access, marine mammal protection, economic forced migration, indigenous rights, extractive industries, food safety, factory farming, family farm loss, and forest preservation.
We've outreached to concerned people at at activist conferences, protests, rallies, benefit concerts, educational fora and thousands have signed our cards. The cards ask signers to fill in their names, contact information and to address them to their Senators and Representatives.
Most signers aren't sure who represents them in Congress and ask us to fill in the names of their Senators and Representatives for them. This requires looking up and writing in the Senators and Representatives for each address, sorting the cards by Congressional district, and then copying and sending them to Senators, House Representatives, and President Obama. This is a time consuming process, and TradeJustice NY Metro volunteers are working seven days a week from morning to night to ensure that every card is delivered to Congress before the vote.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- To volunteer, please call (917) 310-7356 or (917) 543-2208 email info [at] tradejustice [dot] net.
You can work out of the office in Astoria, Queens (we'll provide directions when you call) or pick up cards and work on preparing them from home. We'll be working seven days a week from morning until night, so you can come by whenever is convenient for you.
- Donate online via Paypal, or call or email us to donate by cash or check.
Donations are URGENTLY needed to defray costs including copying, faxing, postage, and buying cardstock (we need to copy each cards to send to four different elected officials along with keeping a copy for our records). Plus for the first time in TradeJustice's history, we're paying people to help complete the card preparation. While we urgently need volunteer help, volunteer hours won't be enough to finish the job in time if we don't also have full-time paid help. Your donation will be put in a special earmarked fund to be used EXCLUSIVELY for costs associated with getting these cards to Congress.
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