Stop the Crowley Death Machine

[Tony Gronowicz is the Green Party candidate for Congress in CD14, the seat currently held by Crowley.]

Speak Out Against Joe Crowley’s Deadly Free Trade Votes!
Join Green Team 2012 in Jackson Heights,  Queens as we protest Rep. Joe Crowley during his appearance at a town hall meeting.

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 from 5:30PM-8PM
Where:  Jackson Heights Jewish Center, 3706 77th Street between 37th Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights, Queens, NY
Directions:7 train to 74th-Broadway or E, F, M, or R to Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue

Contact: (917) 543-2208 or (718) 218-4523
More info:

Sponsored by TradeJustice New York Metro &  Occupy Wall Street Trade Justice Working Group

Why Protest Crowley?
Queens Congressional Rep and Queens Democratic  Machine Boss Joseph Crowley, first won his  Congressional seat in an unopposed primary and is  reelected term after term with virtually no  electoral opposition. Crowley has abused this  safe seat to continually sell out the interests  of the 99% while taking in big money from the corporate elites.

Crowley heads the New Democrats Coalition, an  alliance of centrist, pro-corporate Democratic
legislators tied to the infamous Democratic  Leadership Council. A ProPublica expose revealed  the New Democrats’s close ties to “large banks,  pharmaceutical firms, insurance companies, and
big-ticket trade groups”

The Office of Congressional Ethics recommended a  full-blown probe of whether improperly solicited
donations from corporate executives just before  voting on legislation overhauling Wall Street.
The scrutiny centers on a series of fund-raisers – including one Crowley attended last Dec. 10,  at which he collected thousands of dollars from  financial power brokers before returning to the  Capitol to vote against a series of amendments  that would have imposed tougher restrictions on  Wall Street. Crowley was reported to have  received at least $23,500 before the vote.

As New Democrats coalition leader, Crowley, a  member of the House Ways and Means Committee,
Congressional committee that oversees trade  legislation, pushed Obama to pass free trade
agreements with Colombia, South Korea, and  Panama, pressured other Congressmembers to vote  for them, and voted for all three agreements in  October ­ despite knowing that these agreements will:

  • give foreign corporation the right to sue the US for unlimited sums in international tribunals if they believe our environmental, health, food safety, and labor laws interfere with their future potential profits.
  • protect the 1% and multinational corporations’ use of Panamanian banks to hide their wealth to  avoid paying taxes in the US while vital social  services are cut. This will also help Colombia  cocaine cartels linked to paramilitary terrorist groups launder drug profits.
  • outsource an estimated 214,000 US jobs ­ many to exploitative sweatshops.
  • exacerbate the destruction of the Amazon  rainforest, Panama’s Darien Rainforest and other  endangered ecosystems and wildlife by oil, mining, logging, natural gas, and plantation agriculture interests.
  • ban regulations on Wall Street ­ prohibiting  rules against toxic derivatives, “too big to fail”, and commonsense capital controls.
  •  exacerbate human rights atrocities and  assassinations of labor organizers, indigenous  leaders, Afro-Colombians, environmental and gay  rights activists, judges, journalists, children,  and community organizers by government-linked,  right-wing paramilitary death squads working to  advance the interests of Coca-Cola and other US  corporations operating in Colombia. Since the October vote for the Colombia FTA, the  assassinations have continued with victims  including an election observer, an indigenous  leader, an advocate for the rights of displaced persons, and a union organizer.
  • continue the displacement of indigenous and  Afro-descendant peoples in Colombia and Panama.
  • expand exports of inhumane, polluting,  dangerous factory farms that produce toxic foods  and incubate diseases like swine flu and bird flu  and drive family farmers out of business.
  • limit access to AIDS drugs and other life saving medications by expanding corporate patent rights on drugs.
  • encourage the privatization of education and other public services, making them less affordable for the 99%.
  • force South Korea to eliminate its ban on genetically modified foods and to import US cars  that fail to meet Korean auto emissions standards, exacerbating climate change.

With Obama negotiating the Trans-Pacific  Partnership, a new, 9 country free trade  agreement that looks to be even worse than the  Panama, Colombia, and South Korea Free Trade  Agreements, it’s vital that we let Congressman  Crowley and other Wall Street Democrats know that  they will be held accountable when they sell us out to the 1%!


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