Trade negotiators and corporate lobbyists from the United States and throughout the Pacific Rim will be meeting 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.
The next round of negotiations in September is crucial! The Obama administration is pushing to have as much of the negotiations completed as is possible prior to the November election. Why? Because they know that labor and progressive groups are unlikely to criticize Obama before the election and because major countries such as China and Japan are interested in joining the partnership and they will have to accept what has already been negotiated when they do so.
It is up to us to stop this global corporate coup! Join us for an informational and organizing call on Monday, August 20 at 9 pm eastern/6 pm pacific time. On the call you will:
– Learn about the TPP and the upcoming round of negotiations from Arthur Stamoulis of Citizens Trade Campaign.
– Hear what Occupy Houston did at the round of negotiations in Texas.
– Get inspired to attend the Direct Action training on Sept 8 and 9 in Baltimore by Bill Moyer of the Backbone Campaign.
Here is some of what is known about this “NAFTA on steroids” trade agreement which will redefine the terms of globalization in a way that harms the planet and all living things.
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. TPP countries currently include the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, but the TPP is also intended as a “docking agreement” that all Pacific Rim 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
– Create new tools for attacking environmental 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. A handful of civil society groups also have access to the texts, but they are vastly outnumbered and are legally prevented from sharing what they’ve read. Meanwhile, the people whose lives will be affected by the TPP have been barred from even reviewing what negotiators have proposed in our names.
The fourteenth major round of TPP negotiations — and perhaps one of the last — is taking place in Leesburg, Virginia from September 6 to 15. We cannot afford to let this massive pact to continue moving forward in the shadows.
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