Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Bad for Jobs, the Environment, Labor and Consumers

70Stop the Global Corporate Coup!

Sign the petition to President Obama to release the text.

NEW Radio program on the TPP: 

Guns and Butter, for June 12, 2013 – 1:00pm

“The Trans Pacific Partnership Forum” with Georgia Kelly, Arthur Stamoulis, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese from the Public Banking Institute’s Public Banking 2013:  Funding the New Economy conference.  Georgia Kelly talks about Fast Track; Arthur Stamoulis about what the TPP is; Margaret Flowers on healthcare; and Kevin Zeese on how to fight back.

More at The Real News

For more on the TPP read TransPacific Partnership Will Undermine Democracy, Empower Transnational Corporations

New book on Fast track available for free! Lori Wallach co-wrote a book called “The Rise and Fall of Fast Track” that is online for free: Fast Track is a process used in Congress and without it and it is essential for passage of the TOO.

Other websites:

Citizens Trade Campaign

TPP XBorder

Expose the TPP

Here is an article by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers summarizing the TPP and what we need to do to stop it:

TransPacific Partnership Will Undermine Democracy, Empower Transnational Corporations

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is poised to become the largest Corporate Trade Agreement in U.S. history. The massive trade and investment pact is currently being negotiated behind-closed-doors between the United States and countries throughout the Pacific Rim — except for 600 big business advisers who are helping to write the law. TPP countries currently include the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam with Mexico and Canada recently joining. The TPP  intended to become the trade law for the world as it includes a “docking agreement” that allows all nations will join over time.

Powerful corporate interests want to use the TPP to:

– Offshore good-paying jobs to low-wage nations and undercut working conditions globally and further reducing wages in the United States

– Create new tools for attacking environmental, healh, labor and consumer safety standards

– Expand the deregulation of banks, hedge funds and insurance companies

– Further concentrate global food supplies, displacing family farmers and subjecting consumers to wild price fluctuations

– Institute longer patents that restrict access to affordable, generic medications

Instead of being debated out in the open, the TPP has thus far been negotiated in the shadows. Approximately 600 corporate lobbyists have been given access to the TPP negotiating texts and advise the U.S. trade negotiators as to exact language of the treaty. Meanwhile, the people whose lives will be affected by the TPP have been barred from even reviewing what negotiators have proposed in our names. Some sections have been leaked and they show an agreement written by and for transnational corporations including creating a trade tribunal court system that allows corporations to sue governments for potential lost profits, e.g. if a country passes an environmental law corporations can figure out how it will affect their profits and sue the country for these imagined profits.  Making things worse, the judges on these tribunals will be mostly corporate lawyers on leave from their corporate job. They return to their corporation after temporarily serving as a judge.

The plans for the TPP are to complete negotiations in 2012 and have Congress vote up or down on the law. The Obama administration is seeking “fast track” authority from Congress in order to complete the negotiations.  This means there will be no committee hearings, expert testimony or amendments. The Obama administration is taking this anti-democratic approach because they know if this treaty was debated it would never become law. The American people will oppose this law which is why secrecy and fast track are being used.

There are alternatives to agreements like the TPP that empower corporations at the expense of people and the planet. See the 21st Century Trade and Market Access Act.

Leesburg, Virginia negotiations

The fourteenth major round of TPP negotiations took place in Leesburg, Virginia from September 6 to 15. We organized protests so this massive trade pact, this global corporate coup,  would be pushed out of the shadows.

Occupy the TPP: Civil Disobedience Actions Blockade Entrance to Site of TPP Negotiations in VA

Trade negotiators and corporate lobbyists from the United States and throughout the Pacific Rim met at a fancy resort in Leesburg, Virginia outside of Washington, DC from September 6 to 15 to advance the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement — an transnational corporate power grab that would affect the economy, the environment, public health and democracy itself for decades to come.

U.S. negotiators have granted approximately 600 corporate lobbyists access to the negotiating texts, but have flatly refused to tell the public what they have been proposing in our names.  In fact, they don’t intend to tell us what they’ve been working on even after the deal is signed and completed.

More information:

Obama’s Covert Trade Deal

China Studies Giant Pacific Trade Pact

Let’s Not Bring “Fast Track” Back from the Dead

Wall Street Seeks Dodd-Frank Changes Through Trade Talks

How the TPP Threatens a Free and Open Internet

Ten Reasons Why Food Eaters and Food Justice Activists Should Care About the TPP

TransPacific Partnership Will Undermine Democracy, Empower Transnational Corporations

Trans-Pacific Partnership Draws Attention From K Street

Corporate-Backed Trans-Pacific Partnership Shrouded in Secrecy

Doctors Group TPP Must Make Medicine Available, Affordable

Experts advocate Japan joining TPP without knowing what’s in the secret agreement

Japan-China-South Korea Trade Deal Higher Priority to Countries Involved Than TPP

The TPP a Job Creator? Don’t Buy It!

Free Trade v. Democracy: If the TPP becomes law corporate power trumps the Constitution and democracy 

North Amercan Unity Statement: North America and the World Cannot Afford Another NAFTA-Like Bad Corporate Trade Deal

New Zealand Alliance says TPPA Would Lock in a Corporate Power Grab

Student Doctors Concerned about TPPA’s Patient Implications

Nurses: Secret Trade Deal will Affect the Cost of Health Care in NZ

At New Zealand TPP Negotiation Plea for Government to Prove Commitment to Democracy and Transparency

Unions ask the tough questions about the TPP in New Zealand

US Embassy “extremely happy” with Policing of TPP Protest in New Zealand – tape

Anti-TPP Protesters Complain About Police Actions During TPP Negotiations in New Zealand

Two-Thirds Wary of TPP That Allows Foreign Investors to Sue

Public interest groups fly to Auckland, NZ to meet with TPP negotiators, are only allowed in the building to give a 15-minute joint presentation

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: What “Free Trade” Actually Means

Why So Secretive? The Trans-Pacific Partnership as Global Corporate Coup

Occupy the TPP: Civil Disobedience Actions Blockade Entrance to Site of TPP Negotiations in VA

Obama Says One Thing In the Spotlight; Does Another Behind Closed Doors 

The Barf Brigade: The TPP Makes Me Sick (Video and Story)

Pocahontas Star Arrested at Secret Trade Agreement Negotiatons

Margaret Flowers Explains Why She Blocked the TPP

What You Need to Know About a Worldwide Corporate Power Grab of Enormous Proportions

If You Like NAFTA, You’ll Love TPP

A Lesson for TPP: The high price of ‘free’ trade: NAFTA’s failure has cost the United States jobs across the nation

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations are a Fire Sale to Foreign Corporations

Controversial Trade Pact Text Leaked, Shows U.S. Trade Officials Have Agreed to Terms That Undermine Obama Domestic Agenda

Leaked Trade Document Shows that Obama is Worse than We Thought

Occupy DC Mic Check at the TPP 

Video Protest Rally Against the TPP 

Comedian Lee Camp explains the TPP: