President Obama, secret-keeper- in-chief, is now pressuring Congress to grant him Fast Track Authority so he can get the deal done with minimal interference from pesky citizens demanding government transparency.
The thing is, here in America we actually celebrate the public's right to know what government is up to. Nobody knows that better than our media-savvy allies at Communication Workers of America (CWA).
CWA devised a simple plan for which they were uniquely suited: drag TPP out of the shadows and into the light - one city at a time - using a medium they understand intimately: DAILY NEWSPAPERS!
Two CWA members – Dave Felice in Denver, CO and Madelyn Elder in Portland, OR, have started the ball rolling. We just need to keep up the momentum leading up to a big day of petition deliveries in January!
Stage 1 - Drafting and Submitting Your Op-Ed or Letter to the Editor
Use this tool to create and share an Op-Ed or letter to the editor. Draft your own, or copy and adapt one of the sample letters to send an Op-Ed or letter to the editor to your own daily newspaper.
- TPP talking points
- Fast Track Fact Sheet
- Sample OpEd (Dave Felice)
- Sample OpEd (Madelyn Elder)
- MoveOn.org tips for getting published
Stage 2 - Following Up on your Op-Ed or Letter to the Editor
- Call or check in with the newspaper to see if your letter or Op-Ed is scheduled or has run.
- Report results using the reporting link
- If the story ran, copy and paste the link in the Report Results so we can repost on the TPP page and archive it
Stage 3 - Drafting and submitting your "Thank You" or "Call Out" petition
The day you know what became of your submission, or soon after, post either a "thank you" or a "call out" petition on the MoveOn site and share it. To create and post your petitions go to www.moveon.org/petitions. Draft your own or copy and paste language from one of the petitions below and adapt it with your name and the name of your local newspaper.
- Link to Dave's sample petition - Calling Out the Denver Post
(For papers that won't run your letter, Op-Ed or any other that offers an objective view of the TPP) borrow from Dave or create your own
- Link to Madelyn's petition - Thanking the Portland Oregonian
(For papers that have run your letter or Op-Ed, or have given objective coverage to the TPP issue) borrow from Madelyn or create your own