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Crowdfunded stunt at Auckland Airport welcoming Trade Ministers arriving to sign TPPA Photo credit: Artur Francisco Last month, we asked ActionStation members to contribute to a giant people-powered submission on the TPPA. I’m so happy to report that more than 2,500 of you took part in the process and together we’ve created the biggest collaborative parliamentary submission our movement has ever been a part of. To give you a sense of what a big deal that is, we've just been told by Select Committee staff who process the submissions that the number they usually receive sits around the 50 - 250 mark....

  The government has opened up the call for public submissions on the TPPA. We’re collecting thousands of submissions on behalf of ActionStation members, and collating them into one giant people-powered submission that we’ll present to Select Committee in the form of a video and giant letter of concern (think: a massive scroll of paper rolled out at the Committee with tens of thousands of names of Kiwis deeply concerned about the TPPA). Will you join us and make your voice heard on the TPPA?  

We surveyed ActionStation members and others to ask what we as a movement should do next in the TPPA campaign and here is what our community said: We used these results to inform discussion at the Auckland TPPA group meeting, where there were activists from It's Our Future and Real Choice present and here is what we decided to do together:

The White Ribbon Campaign responded to our petition yesterday, describing The Rock’s stunt as “an awful exercise in bad taste” that “helped to perpetuate violence by normalising and trivialising it.” They also asked the Prime Minister for an explanation of his involvement with this “highly offensive” radio segment.[1] Key’s office responded with the same statement released last week, in which the PM denied knowing what the joke was about, and said it was intended to be light-hearted. What he did not do, was apologise. White Ribbon say they have no choice but to take the Prime Minister at his word,...

"We are the hope of the future here today. We are what will give the politicians the political courage to do what they have to do. Let’s not wait for them to do it - let’s make them do it" - Steve Abel.    Wow. Together, we made the People's Climate Marches extraordinary. This weekend, over 31,000 of us took part in the biggest climate marches New Zealand has ever seen. We were loud. We were diverse. We were incredible. From powerful gatherings in regional towns to teaming crowds in our cities, we made our message unmissable. Thank you and congratulations...