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For Immediate Release

Meghan Sali

Communications Specialist, OpenMedia

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Press Call Thursday: Digital Rights and Progressive Groups Collect Hundreds of Thousands of Petition Signatures Calling on Democratic Leader Pelosi to Publicly Oppose TPP Lame-Duck Vote

Political commentator and TV host Ed Shultz joins a coalition of over a dozen progressive, online, consumer, labour and digital rights groups on call

WHAT: A coalition of major digital rights and progressive organizations from OpenMedia and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to Daily Kos, Demand Progress, and Corporate Accountability International

have collected hundreds of thousands of petition signatures calling on Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi to publicly declare her opposition to a lame-duck vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The coalition is also urging Pelosi to lead House Democrats to defeat the pact that threatens Internet freedom, good jobs, higher wages, affordable medicines, and strong climate and environmental policies that Democrats espouse. With a lack of congressional support and presidential politics fanning public opposition, the only chance for congressional consideration of the TPP in 2016 would be in a post-election "lame-duck" session.

Last month, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump all announced their opposition to a TPP vote in the lame-duck session -- that unique moment in the political calendar when representatives who have retired or been voted out of office still hold their seats and political accountability to constituents is at its absolute lowest. Most House Democrats have also announced opposition to the TPP; however, Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi has been surprisingly quiet on this issue.

WHEN: 1 p.m. EST, Thursday, July 7


  • Guest Speaker: Ed Schultz, Political Commentator, The Ed Schultz Show

  • Emma Einhorn, Washington Coordinator, MoveOn

  • Murshed Zaheed, Vice President and Political Director, Credo Action

  • Jeremy Malcolm, Senior Global Policy Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation

  • Robert Borosage, Founder and President, Campaign for America's Future

  • David Segal, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Demand Progress

  • Jesse Bragg, Media Director, Corporate Accountability International

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