Comcast | Time Warner Merger Dead

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If the merger had gone through they would have controlled 40% of broadband access.

LA Times Article: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-comcast-officially-ends-bid-for-time-warner-cable-20150423-story.html#page=1

Comcast Plans to Drop Time Warner Cable Deal
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-23/comcast-said-planning-to-withdraw-offer-for-time-warner-cable

NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/25/business/media/comcast-time-warner-cable-deal.html?_r=0

Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/24/us-comcast-timewarnercable-idUSKBN0NE2D220150424

Petition: https://secure.consumersunion.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=C561DE0EDB4B1F26C6B3F9DC047AEDCD.app226b?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=3023

Why the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) sucks

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What is the TPP?
“It’s the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a secret trade deal being negotiated behind the backs of congress and the American people, with the help of 600 corporate advisors. It threatens to undermine our democracy by entrenching corporate power in virtually every area of our lives.” — FROM FLUSH THE TPP http://www.flushthetpp.org/
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“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and the foundations of American democracy. It will also negatively impact some of the poorest people in the world.
The TPP is a treaty that has been written behind closed doors by the corporate world. Incredibly, while Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry and major media companies have full knowledge as to what is in this treaty, the American people and members of Congress do not. They have been locked out of the process.” — FROM http://www.sanders.senate.gov/stop-the-tpp

The dirtiest trade deal you’ve never heard of

Another explanation in 2 minutes on what the TPP is –
The largest trade deal in history (accounting for 40% of the economy) done in secret.
https://youtu.be/3O_Sbbeqfdw

NPR report: http://www.npr.org/2015/04/17/400423946/lawmakers-approve-bill-to-help-finalize-asia-pacific-trade-deal

All about corporate profits

Wall Street Wins, Workers Lose
https://youtu.be/oc8iOZvLoYo

No Fast Track for TPP
https://youtu.be/hiR2vcGqYxw

More Information:
http://www.flushthetpp.org

More than 50 cities from Hawaii to Florida took action against unjust trade last week. With more and more members of Congress making their stances on the new Fast Track bill public, it’s critical to keep up the momentum to say NO.
https://www.stopfasttrack.com/#video

What to do? Make your voice heard —
Contact Your Representatives
http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Petitions:
http://www.sanders.senate.gov/stop-the-tpp
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-the-trans-pacific
https://act.eff.org/action/don-t-let-congress-fast-track-tpp

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Wikileaks Releases TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Agreement Investment Chapter
The TPP Investment Chapter, published today, is dated 20 January 2015. The document is classified and supposed to be kept secret for four years after the entry into force of the TPP agreement or, if no agreement is reached, for four years from the close of the negotiations.

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor said: “The TPP has developed in secret an unaccountable supranational court for multinationals to sue states. This system is a challenge to parliamentary and judicial sovereignty. Similar tribunals have already been shown to chill the adoption of sane environmental protection, public health and public transport policies.”
Read More: https://wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/press.html
Read TPP Investment Chapter: https://wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/WikiLeaks-TPP-Investment-Chapter/page-3.html#

Call for REAL disclosure on political ads April 29th!

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AB 700, the 2015 California DISCLOSE Act, has its first legislative hearing on Wednesday April 29th in the Assembly Elections Committee.

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WHEN
April 29th, 2015 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

WHERE
1315 10th St.
State Capitol Building, Room 444
Sacramento, CA 95814

REGISTER: http://www.yesfairelections.org/contacts/index.php?q=civicrm/event/register&id=669&reset=1

The California DISCLOSE Act is needed more than ever — billionaires have already pledged to spend nearly $1 billion on next year’s election.

AB 700, authored by Assembly members Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles) and Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), would turn the tide on unlimited secret money in politics by exposing the true names of billionaires and other special interests who try to buy elections with deceptive ads.

Join California in Sacramento on the 29th to pack the hearing room and lobby! Lets pack the Assembly Elections Committee hearing room to show the legislature how many regular people like you are demanding an end to anonymous ads that deceive voters about who’s really paying for them.

The hearing will be in the Capitol building in Sacramento starting at 9:00am on Wednesday April 29. Hopefully everyone who comes will have a chance to line up and say their name, where they’re from, and that they support the bill. The longer the line of people from all around the state, the more impact we’ll have!

There will be carpools from around the state. California Clean Money Campaign can reimburse your gas costs.  If you’re coming up from Southern California the night before, there will be places to stay with volunteers in and around Sacramento.

After the hearing, we hope you can stay for our lobby day when we go around to lobby key Assemblymembers and their staff.

More information: http://www.yesfairelections.org/contacts/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=669
Email: info@caclean.org


More Resources:
https://www.opensecrets.org/


TV Photo Credit (without text): https://www.flickr.com/photos/arnisto/
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

Nestle stealing California water for over 30 years

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… It was reported last Wednesday that Nestle has been pumping water out of the underground spring that feeds Strawberry Creek (in San Bernadino Mountains) and transferring it by pipeline out of the National Forest on an expired permit for nearly 30 years.” Read Article

SIGN PETITION: http://act.couragecampaign.org/sign/NestleDrought_FBads/?source=AccountabilityFB

Tell state regulators to shut down all of these injection wells

ActionTake action now —

BIG POLLUTERS ARE ILLEGALLY DUMPING WASTE INTO THE WATER SUPPLY:
SHUT THEM DOWN!
Californians are outraged. In this time of severe and prolonged drought — while we’re struggling to conserve water and worried for the future of our communities — our own state government has been permitting oil and gas companies to inject vast quantities of hazardous waste fluid into our aquifers.
Amazingly, despite the danger to our water, state regulators are allowing illegal injection wells to remain open for months, some until October 2015, others until December 2016, in violation of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

We are in the midst of an extreme drought. Allowing oil companies to pump toxic chemicals into our groundwater is unacceptable.
The comment period closes on April 14th. Make an official comment to urge the immediate shutdown of illegal injection wells now.
COMMENT HERE: CLEAN WATER ACTION

http://www.cleanwateraction.org/

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