Privatizing air traffic controllers will fundamentally destablize air travel in the United States.

This Tuesday, Americans Against Air Traffic Privatization (AAATP) launched to prevent privatization of the American Air Traffic Control system.

On a call, the founding coalition organizations Daily Kos, People Demanding Action, Public Citizen, and Progressive Congress, outlined opposition to a proven plan that will eliminate jobs, raise fees, and disrupt the safest system in the world.

We were also grateful to be joined by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation, and Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), member of the T&I Committee. Both offered incredible insight into the damage that would occur if Congress relinquished oversight of the Air Traffic Control System.

Our launch came after more than 130,000 Americans signed a petition urging their elected representatives on Capitol Hill to stand up for workers and passengers instead airline executives. That’s why we will be delivering these petitions to members of Congress next week. These are concerned constituents and their voice must be heard in the halls of Congress.

And those voices are already being heard. This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee’s bipartisan leadership sent a letter opposing the removal of the Air Traffic Control system from the FAA stating what we know to be true, that removing air traffic control from the FAA is not in the best interest of the American people. You can view the letter here.

As we move forward, be sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter. They are great resources to keep up with the latest news and will help make our message to Congress clear: #DontPrivatizeOurSkies.

As we begin this coalition, we thank you for your support and look forward to continuing together to protect the hundreds of thousands of Americans who care about our ATC system.

You can check out these stories for more information on our launch:

USA Today: Opposition unveiled to privatizing air-traffic control

Daily Kos: Now in the Republican privatizing crosshairs: Air traffic control

The Hill: Dems look to ground private air traffic control plan

AIN Online: Advocacy Groups Form Coalition To Oppose ATC ‘Privatization’