The Pennsylvania Fair Trade Coalition (http://www.citizenstrade.org/paftc.php) is asking for our help to change the future of trade policy—see message below.
Last year, over 80 members of the U.S. House and Senate cosponsored landmark legislation setting forth a progressive vision for future trade agreements. The Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE) Act frames a bold new debate, marking out policy space needed for a more balanced way to expand trade.
We now need you to urge your congressional members to cosponsor the 2009 TRADE Act.
We expect this snowballing reform initiative to be reintroduced soon. Can you please e-mail, call or fax your members of Congress today, and ask them to sign on as cosponsors? (A sample message is available at http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1034/t/537/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27343.)
First introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Mike Michaud, “The TRADE Act” enjoyed support from hundreds of faith, farm, labor and environmental groups last year. By February of 2009, over 350 organizations sent a joint letter to congress backing the 2009 TRADE Act, saying it “offers a helpful roadmap for new policies that could rebuild a consensus in favor of expanded trade.”
But to bring about this real change, we need you to contact your elected officials, and ask them to support trade reform we can all believe in. Be sure to leave your home address and to ask for a written response.
Here are three ways to do so:
Contact members of Congress using the Citizen’s Campaign form at http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1034/t/537/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27343. Personalize your message to Senators Casey and Specter and your Representative for more impact.
Contact Senators Casey and Specter and your Representative by phone. Call Senator Casey at (202) 224-6324, Senator Specter at (202) 224-4254, and you can find your Representative’s number by going to http://www.house.gov. When you reach each office ask confidently to speak to the “Trade L.A.,” and request that the member cosponsor the TRADE Act. Be sure to leave your address.
Contact the Senators and your Representative by mail. Because of security procedures, it is best to send your mail to one of the Pennsylvania offices of the Senators and your Representative. For locations for Senator Casey, go to http://casey.senate.gov; for Senator Specter, go to http://specter.senate.gov; for your Representative, go to http://www.house.gov to find him/her, locate the website, and find addresses for in-state offices.
To learn more, go to http://www.citizenstrade.org/tradeact.php.