Amid a wave of climate protests in Washington, D.C. this week, some campaigners scaled the U.S. Chamber of Commerce office to call out the nation's largest lobbying group for fueling climate chaos and urge members to cut ties with the business association. Activists flanked the building's entrance with a pair of banners that said: "Welcome to the Chamber of Climate Chaos" and "Your Business Costs the Earth." Extinction Rebellion D.C. tweeted photos and videos of the action alongside a message for the group's members: "Do you want to go down in history as contributing to a climate catastrophe that will endanger the lives of millions of people around the world? Or will you stand up for the future, for hope and survival, and leave the Chamber of Commerce?"
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The proposal the Chamber of Commerce was considering was to "target, track, and neutralize people, organizations, and companies" that were challenging the Chamber of Commerce. As part of the proposal process Team Themis investigated the "personal information about the principals of VR and their family members, promising to exploit 'pressure points' of the named targets." They planned a "a dirty tricks campaign against the Chamber opposition organizations." This included creating fake email personnas, i.e. creating "two fake insider personas using one to discredit the other giving the second immediate legitimacy." They were also going to provide fake documents to get us to report on them and then show they were in accurate to attack our credibility. Many of the tactics described in Blumenthal's article were going to be used against me and my colleagues (we were specifically named). The plan was exposed by people from Anonymous and thereby foiled.
By Dominic Rushe for The Guardian - Disney, the Gap and Pepsi are being pressured to quit the US Chamber of Commerce, America’s largest lobby group, amid criticism of its big-money efforts to fight climate change legislation and promote tobacco products. A coalition of pressure groups including Action on Smoking and Health, Greenpeace, Public Citizen and the Sierra Club have written to the CEOs of the three companies asking them to stop funding the powerful business group. In a letter to Disney’s boss, Bob Iger, the coalition points to the media company’s commitment to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2020, its support of the Paris climate agreement and its ban on depictions of smoking in theme parks and all G, PG and PG-13 movies. “Unfortunately, the US Chamber of Commerce is doing everything it can to block efforts to combat both climate change and anti-smoking laws and regulations. It opposes the Paris Agreement that you publicly support, is suing to block the implementation of the Clean Power Plan, consistently lobbies against legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and spends millions of dollars in money on elections ads urging voters to back candidates who support the fossil fuel industry and oppose efforts to combat climate change,” they write.
By ELeanor Goldfield of Act Out for Occupy.com. We're back in the swing of things just in time to send you off for 2015. After watching our Best of Paris coverage last week, get a little glimpse of what's to come for the global climate movement in 2016. Also, I promised a while back that we'd get back to the Chamber of Commerce, so let's dig through the history of this corporate low life scum. And finally, Agunda Okeyo talks art and activism from the global, black female perspective. But first, inspired by Paris, let us walk on silent ground. tags: spoken word, Occupy, Act Out, silent ground, climate talks, sacred ground, people power, UN climate talks, Paris climate summit, 350.org, Break Free 2016, fossil fuel divestment, ende galende, mass mobilization, civil disobedience, Chamber of Commerce, Lewis Powell, Powell Memo, Citizens United, money in politics, systemic corruption, Agunda Okeyo.
By Simon Swartzman for Working In These Times - The Chamber of Commerce is a juggernaut in the American political system, and it doesn't use that power to fight for policies that would benefit much of anyone besides the ultra-wealthy. That's one takeaway from Alyssa Katz’s new book The Influence Machine: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life, an enlightening history of the transformation of the organization from its roots as a central committee of business leaders proposed by President Taft to serve as his advisors to the electoral, legal and media mercenary that today protects some of the U.S.'s most viciously destructive corporations from any government regulation. The book documents the heavy damage to international workers, consumers and the environment along the way.
As a part of Earth Day to May Day 2014 the Shut the Chamber! campaign – organized by Liberty Tree together with CODE PINK!, Popular Resistance, Alliance for Democracy, the Overpass Light Brigade network, and more – held a national day of action to take on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Below is a photo gallery of the protest in Washington, DC at the national headquarters of the US Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Chamber is notorious for blocking climate action and buying off politicians to put corporate profits ahead of people, planet and peace. Now the Chamber is trying to force through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a secretive job-killing trade agreement that would give multinational corporate tribunals the power to overrule economic and environmental decisions made democratically at the local level. Interested in getting involved with the Global Climate Convergence? For regular updates about Earth Day to May Day 2014 and beyond click here. To see a full schedule of planned Earth Day to May Day actions (or to register your own- it's not too late!) click here.
More than half of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s contributions in 2012 came from just 64 donors, according to a new report released today by Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch program. The report, “The Gilded Chamber: Despite Claims of Representing Millions of Businesses, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Gets Most of Its Money From Just 64 Donors,” analyzes the 1,619 contributions listed by the Chamber and its affiliate working against consumer access to courts, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), on their 2012 Form 990 tax returns. Just a tiny fraction of their donors account for most of their contributions, Public Citizen found. The average reported contribution to the U.S. Chamber was $111,254, with the top 43 entities donating a combined $80.4 million. “The U.S. Chamber is one of the largest conduits of dark money in the country, but it refuses to disclose its donors,” said Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, where U.S. Chamber Watch is housed.