TPP Protesters outside the Federal Building, Albany NY
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A coalition of labor and civic groups gathered in downtown Albany today at the Leo O'Brien Federal Building to protest the Trans Pacific Partnership trade bill.


Progressive activists are staging demonstrations and taking other actions across the country Monday to urge no cuts to social safety net programs be part of any deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.  In western Massachusetts they took the message to a district office of the state’s senior US Senator John Kerry.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

In demanding no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, Jenny Daniell, an organizer with MoveOn, said they wanted to remind Senator Kerry that Main Street, not Wall Street,  won the last election.