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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

National Latino and Progressive Leaders to Rep. Castro: Castro Family Legacy on the Line if Working Families are Betrayed on Trade Deal

June 11, 2015

Today, progressive leaders from all over the nation sent a pointed message to Texas Congressman Joaquín Castro through a strongly worded letter urging him to oppose the largest trade agreement in the history of the United States, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The letter calls for Rep. Castro to oppose the fast track and ensure a full public debate on the TPP.

Nearly two dozen national, regional and local organizations signed on to the letter, such as, Presente.org, Communication Workers of America (CWA), Labor Council For Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), MoveOn.org, Center for Community Change, Casa de Maryland, Casa de Virginia, and many others.

Excerpts of the letter include:

"Failing to stand by every day San Antonians and voting along the side of Republicans and corporate Democrats will have dire consequences to your credibility and the Castro legacy as a representative of workers, Latinos, immigrants and progressives. We are committed to ensuring that the days where Republicans and specially Democrats can throw our working class communities under the bus without serious consequences is a thing of the past.”

“There is no question that the fight for the TPP is for the heart of the resurgent progressive movement in this country. For the sake of preserving the Castro legacy, we urge to stand with working and Latino families on this critical issue and not with Republicans and corporate Democrats. We fear that failure to do this will only bring condemnation from immigrant rights, labor advocates, working class leaders, and progressives from throughout the nation.”

Sent earlier today, the letter makes clear that the fast track trade deal is going from bad to worse and allowing House Republicans to further their anti-Latino, anti-immigrant, and anti-worker agenda. The growing coalition opposed to the TPP will continue its efforts to oppose the TPP and advocating for working and middle class families.