Creating Waves of Awareness
April 13, 2016
JULY 2, 2014 : Visit SumofUs.org
Just next week, 600 corporate lobbyists are due to land Canada for what might be the last negotiations before the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is finalized.
SumofUs members were planning to be there in Vancouver and welcome them with a massive protest, to call attention to this dangerous corporate power grab. They were even working to get real, non-corporate representatives officially inside these crucial talks.
However, TPP organizers are moving the secret talks to Ottawa -- a five hour flight away -- right at the last minute. They’re terrified of a backlash, and terrified people will actually see what happens behind the closed doors.
They think they can get away with keeping the talks secret, and hiding the world’s biggest trade deal from the public eye. Not if we can help it. Funds are urgently needed to get organizers and citizen representatives from Vancouver to Ottawa, and make these talks the big media event the corporations don’t want. Any amount will help, even one dollar. Visit SumofUs.org
FEB 20, 2014 : STOPPING THE TPP: A corporate lobbyist’s wildest dream
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is called a trade deal, but it’s really a massive corporate power grab that would make it easier for corporations to sue our governments when they act to protect our environment or health. And so we’ve launched a major campaign to stop it.
In the US, Obama has been pushing for “fast track” authority to allow him to negotiate the sweeping deal without input from Congress. But after SumOfUs members joined with other groups and made almost 8,000 calls to their representatives, key lawmakers including Senate majority leader Harry Reid and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi came out against fast track authority -- a major blow to the TPP.
This fight isn't close to over, but we've got momentum on our side. Now, we’re working to build major opposition in Australia, Canada, and elsewhere in the 12-country block to kill the TPP. If just one key country stands up and rejects the TPP, the whole deal could fall through -- and we think our community has got what it takes.
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First read the information below to learn about TPP, the people involved in attempting to pass this legislation, and the effects this international trade treaty have on the American people, labor, and economy.
Second, take action by signing the petition at PeaceTeam.net. Blog, write, call legislators, share in every way possible. We need this message to go viral.
Smokey The Bear said, "Only you can prevent forest fires." I refer to this slogan to point out that "Only you can stop the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership ("TPP") from passing." Because proposals, bills and legislation can be 'fast tracked' or slipped in without our knowledge, we must be vigilant by checking alternative media sources. Without accessing our personal power, through our voice, we can lose our freedoms in America or any other place around the world.
Only through citizen action reaching a tipping point of voices, can we prevent everything from going up in smoke. Nothing can stop the forest fire once we have sparked the idea that 'corporations have all the rights as people.' Unfortunately, we have given the authority into the hands of the few.
Will you allow a few congressmen to fast track and push TPP through legislation without review, deliberation, debate or due process of law?
WHAT TO DO
When writing a comment on a blog, an article, a letter to the editor of a newspaper or creating a video, please include the names of members of Congress from your state in your remarks. You may then take these comments and send as LETTERS TO THE EDITOR in your local newspaper. Examples below:
Will we allow corporations to overrun government control and authorization of law?
DEMOCRACY NOW NEWS REPORT
BEGIN NEW PETITION:
Senators Max Baucus, Orrin Hatch and Representative David Camp have just conspired among themselves to make a back room deal, just the three of them, to put a fast track bill for the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership up for the direct vote of Congress.
Back room covert negotiations
In doing so, they have disgracefully bypassed their own committees, with a responsibility for considering and voting on any such proposal. And yet the letter announcing this appears on the official Senate Finance Committee web page, and as such on its face constitutes gross abuse of their authority and duties as chairmen of their committees.
Who in Congress knows about what's going on?
What makes this all the more outrageous is their 3 man unilateral press release touts how their fast track bill will promote "access to information." Do they mean that as some kind of cruel joke!? No "trade" proposal before has ever been negotiated in such extreme secrecy, with members of Congress forbidden to disclose what they know about the TPP now, and journalists systematically excluded from access since talks on this began.
Thank God for Leaked Documents
And it is hardly any surprise why. From leaked documents we know, among many other evil things, that the TPP as proposed purports to establish new special rights for corporations to take precedence over the laws of all the nation states involved, even to be able to collect damages in lost profits if, for example, they not allowed to pollute any way they like.
We must absolutely stop the TPP
This is truly the sickest proposal ever to come out of a craven corporate attorney's mind. And shame on any member of Congress too corrupt not to immediately stand up in vociferous protest.
Are your congressional representatives going along or complacent?
Shame on any member of Congress who does not demand fully transparent consideration and their full constitutional voting authority over the TPP itself in the full and unhurried light of day. Any proposal to cut Congress out of the loop by a deceptive fast track hustle must be categorically rejected in any form.
Please read the petition document, submit it, get a free "Expressway To Trade Hell TPP" bumper sticker.
THE CASE AGAINST THE PROPOSED TPP
We have already mentioned in the petition the most dastardly new evil in the TPP, super-national rights for corporate business interests, which we only know about at all because there exist leaked documents, albeit heavily redacted. The TPP purports to define any law to constrain pollution, establish labor rights, etc. as an "indirect expropriation" of expected corporate profits, and to establish an unassailable tribunal to enforce these virtually unprecedented prerogatives.
Lovers of Nature Must Unite and Stop TPP
So, for example, if some mega-corporation wanted to Frack in your
backyard, and you didn't like it, you would have to pay them as
damages the money they would presumptively have made from destroying
your environment, and your own government would be enfeebled to
protect you in any way.
TPP Will Effect The Job Market, Labor and Work Conditions
And that's just the start. The TPP would make it easier to export
jobs to markets where labor is even cheaper than where they exported
most of our jobs under NAFTA and preceding "free" trade agreements.
These are nothing but free for all labor exploitation deals, and the
TPP is the worst yet by an order of magnitude. If you want to turn
the entire United States of America into a third world country, this
is the fast track to get there.
NAFTA | On January 1, 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico (NAFTA) entered into force. All remaining duties and quantitative restrictions were eliminated, as scheduled, on January 1, 2008. NAFTA created the world's largest free trade area, which now links 450 million people producing $17 trillion worth of goods and services.
TPP Will Hand Over Liberties To Big Pharma
The TPP would extend drug patent monopolies, high on the Christmas
wish list of the greediest pharmaceutical monoliths, who are already
raking in monstrous profit margins.
The TPP Will Allow Wall Street To Run Amuck
The TPP purports to inhibit on an international scale the ability of
governments to perform proper financial oversight and regulation of
the same Wall Street banks and insurance companies that have come so
close already to wrecking the entire world economy. They would be
free to create toxic assets, play casino with client money, to do
more and more of the very things that created such crises in the
The TPP Will Remove All Regulation Of Pesticides, Pesticides, GMO, etc
To Control And that's not all. The TPP would leave governments, including our own, powerless to regulate pesticides, food additive, or GMOs. They
could force-feed us this stuff against our will by infiltrating our
entire food supply.
The TPP Will Have Total Monopoly On Food Supply
Oh, and there's more, too. They want to monopolize global food
supplies. They want to abolish policies to "buy local." And on top of
everything else they want to abolish all tariffs so THEY can retain
ALL the profit from the new labor markets they want to exploit.
The TPP Is Not A Free Trade Measurement
The only thing "free" about this so-called trade deal is to make
giant corporations free from any accountability whatsoever, a new
world order where governments are entirely subservient to selfish
But your voice speaking out can stop these 21st century fascists in their fast tracks, if only you will speak out now while you still can. As of this moment, because of your voices, they have been unable to find a Democrat on the House side to co-sponsor the bill. It must stay that way, and only our unflagging diligence and activism can
keep it that way.
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