Rep. John Sarbanes
600 Baltimore Ave.
Towson, MD 21204
February 17, 2016
Dear Representative Sarbanes:
Some members of the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore are voters and supporters of People Demanding Action. Some of us live in District 3. You’ve been hearing from your constituents for many months now regarding issues and legislation that concern us. Often, we urge you to co-sponsor one bill or vote no on another.
This letter is different as it addresses one legislative matter which could determine the future direction of this nation—and have devastating implications for the voters in your district and the communities in which we live, for generations to come.
We believe you will continue to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. Now that President Obama and 11 other TPP partner nations have signed the agreement in New Zealand, the next step will be to present TPP to you for an up or down vote. So we presume you will say NO to the Trans-Pacific Partnership when it comes up for a vote.
Organizations opposing the TPP run the full range of the political spectrum, and you’ve no doubt heard from all of them. So we won’t get into the weeds about nearly half a million potential lost jobs, about shrinking wages, human rights issues with partner nations, environmental impacts, digital privacy v. copyright protection, access to affordable medicines, food safety, or any other issues you already know about.
We know that when jobs are lost to outsourcing, when unfair foreign competition drives down wages, and when corporations can sue the United States, a state or our community for their lost potential profits and collect from us—the taxpayers—that there is less money available in local tax reserves to support the very resources so critical to keeping communities healthy and thriving.
We know that when shrinking tax bases starve our communities of financial resources, our public works become vulnerable to privatization—often by the same foreign corporations threatening to sue us. A community cannot survive and grow stronger when it exists only as a revenue stream for soulless corporations with no motivation to put anything back.
Finally, we are seeking an end to the use of killer drone strikes, which we believe to be illegal and unconstitutional. We ask you to speak out against this assassination program, which ignores any veneer of due process. Consider as well a request for the full, unclassified release of information surrounding the administration’s drone policy.
We look forward to your response. We thank you for your consideration regarding these critically important issues, and look forward to ongoing discussion and engagement with you in the coming months.
Max Obuszewski, Apt. 206, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Baltimore 21212
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