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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Take Action Now, say NO to Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transnational Corporations [TPP: pact being pushed by the U.S. government at the behest of transnational corporations]

Email your Representative by clicking here.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive new international trade pact being pushed by the U.S. government at the behest of transnational corporations. The TPP is already being negotiated between the United States and other Pacific Rim countries, including Canada and Mexio that already belong to the NAFTA with the US.
Here are examples of what corporations want from the Trans-Pacific Partnership: 
  • Cheaper Labor CostsThe TPP would grant corporations easier access to labor markets in countriessuch as Vietnam, where the average minimum wage is just a third of what it is in China.
  • Special Powers to Attack EnvironmentaLawsTPP would enable corporations to challenge virtuallyannew law, regulation or even court decision that adversely affects their expected or potential profitsas an indirect expropriation througinternational tribunals that "trump" domestic judicial systems.
  • Longer Drug Patents. TPwould have the effect of extending monopoly drug patents for bigpharmaceutical companiesmaking it harder for countries to produce or procure low-cost genericmedications for people with HIV, tuberculosis and other life-threatening diseases.
  • Further Financial Deregulation. TPP would handcuff the steps governments can take to protect against “too big to fail” banks, regulate trade in toxic assets, erect firewalls between different financial service firms and control the flow of short-term capital into and out of economies.
  • Caps on Food Safety Protections. TPP would make it harder for countries to adopt and maintain strong food safety regulations based on the precautionary principle.
  • Dismantling of “Buy Local” and “Buy America” Preferences. TPP would prevent governments from instituting public purchasing preferences designed to keep taxpayer dollars circulating in local economies.
The Public Is Being Kept in the Dark
The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations have taken place since 2008 behind closed doors with nearly 600 lobbyists for U.S. corporations as official advisors—which gives them steady access to the negotiators—and to the “secret” negotiating texts. This includes representatives of companies like Walmart, Cargill and Chevron.
Yet, civic groups, journalists, and private citizens whose lives will be affected by the corporations demands and negotiators’  decisions will not be able to see the texts until the negotiations have concluded—at which point, it is more-or-less impossible to change them. The few members of Congress that have access to TPP texts have pledged to keep them secret. 
Stopping Fast Track is the most effective way to ensure we
aren’t saddled with a major corporate power grab.
Fast Track, officially “trade promotion authority," would allow the TPP to be rushed through Congress and signed before the public sees any proposed texts—bypassing extensive Congressional review, debate and amendment procedures. Over 400 US organizations, representing more than 15 million Americans, have already urged Congress to oppose Fast Track for the TPP. Members of Congress must hear opposition to Fast Track directly from their constituents—now! 
Take Action Now!
Please call your Member of Congress at (202) 224-3121 and leave this message:
"My name is _______________ and I'm calling from ____________ to urge (your Representative's name) to publicly oppose the Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership."
Or email your Representative by clicking here.
The TPP will be a reality if we don’t do something about it. National Days of Action are planned for Constitution Day on September 17 and in D.C. on September 21-24. Stay tuned for more news about these.Here’s an important 2 minute video message.
Sign online petitions at: Excerpted primarily from the Citizens Trade Campaign website:

1NAFTA Chapter 11 Investor-to-State Cases: Bankrupting Democracy, Lessons for Fast Track and the Free Trade Area of the Americas;
2Exposing a Major Corporate Power Grab;

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