To: Sen. Cory Booker (NJ-2)

@CoryBooker: Come Back to Justice. Support Drug Imports, Oppose Settlements.

Represent the majority of Americans, not special interests like Pharma and Aipac. Support drug imports from Canada and oppose illegal settlements in the West Bank.

Why is this important?

Press reports say New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is positioning himself to run for President in 2020. [1] Unfortunately, Booker has so far refused to distance himself from DC special interest lobbies whose demands conflict with the interests and values of the majority of Americans: Wall Street, brand-name pharmaceutical companies (Pharma), public school privatizers, and the pro-settlements lobby (Aipac).

Booker did Pharma's bidding when he helped defeat the Sanders/Klobuchar amendment to bring down drug prices by allowing the import of drugs from Canada. [2] Such "parallel imports" are also a key tool for developing countries to make essential medicines affordable. Pro-Pharma U.S. policies get "exported" through trade agreements like the TPP, so Booker's pro-Pharma stance hurts working families around the world, not just in the United States.

Booker is doing Aipac's bidding by co-sponsoring Marco Rubio's S. Res 6, which slams UN Security Council Resolution 2334 for reaffirming international opposition to illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. [3] Rubio's resolution is an attack on President Obama and Secretary Kerry, who allowed UNSC Resolution 2334 to pass by refusing to veto it. [4] J Street, Americans for Peace Now, and JVP oppose S. Res. 6.

Urge Senator Booker to "Come Back to Justice." Urge him to support drug imports from Canada and oppose illegal settlements in the West Bank by signing our petition.

References:
1. http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/313666-cory-booker-kicks-off-2020-maneuvering-in-the-senate
2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/-booker-and-the-other-big_b_14150632.html; https://theintercept.com/2017/01/12/cory-booker-joins-senate-republicans-to-kill-measure-to-import-cheaper-medicine-from-canada/
3. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-resolution/6/cosponsors
4. http://www.timesofisrael.com/choosing-not-to-veto-obama-lets-anti-settlement-resolution-pass-at-un-security-council/

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Reasons for signing

  • Cory, I'm proud to have you as my senator but I need to express two things: unless the drug companies and AIPAC know their backing will NOT influence you, getting a nomination will be difficult at best against say, Julian Castro; also, should Liz Warren feel a "need" to reverse course, a lot of Bernie types may stay home on Election Day, assuming 2020 will have one.
  • really excited about your future politically but am disappointed on some of your protection for big pharma and Aipac. By the way I'm an American and also an Israeli citizen...
  • We will never forget your actions in this time of acute crisis. Forget running for President unless you change your path and go 100% all out for people and planet!

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