Congress is pushing legislation right now that would “Fast Track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a secretive agreement negotiated behind closed doors by government bureaucrats and more than 600 corporate lobbyists. It threatens everything you care about: democracy, jobs, the environment, and the Internet.

It’s being called a global corporate coup d’etat, and NAFTA on steroids.

Historical impact: Largest usurpation of local, state and national sovereignty in US history.

Treaties and Trade Agreements
Treaties are bound by law. Agreements are not.
Under the Constitution, if it is a Treaty, it requires 2/3 ratification by congress. A Trade Agreement, only 51% or with the Senate, 60%.

These agreements give the corporate signers control.
There is no standing for citizens to challenge the loss of jobs, businesses, property rights, zoning rights. There is no standing for local, state or federal government either.

Corporations can sue local municipalities for projected loss of profits if implementation of their decisions is interrupted or blocked.

These agreements give the corporate signers control.
Court in Geneva?
Closed, Private
Who are the judges? Corporate lawyers on assignment.
Clinical Corporate Facism.

Time is short! 3-4 weeks.
We are waiting for the bill to be introduced – we don’t have the wording yet – 1000 page document – Congress will rush into arguments on the floor, no amendments allowed, for an up or down vote.

THERE ARE NO PUBLIC COPIES OF THE TPP.
TO READ IT, REPRESENTATIVES HAVE TO GO IN, SIGN IN, SIGN OUT AND AGREE NOT TO SAY WHAT IS IN IT.

RIGHT THERE IS A RED FLAG!!

This is THE battle – the biggest call out on global corporate control since Occupy, the largest anti-corporate coalition ever. This needs to be a Left-Right-Everybody effort. Think of it: no standing for local state or federal government. Corporate needs and consumption of our natural and human resources WITH NO RECOURSE will rule the day.

Get Involved:
*Sign the Petition:
Keep pressure on – let congress and the president know We Will Not Obey; that local people care about:
land use
planning
zoning
building
economic and social impact

Congress: Don’t betray democracy! No “Fast Track” for the TPP http://www.stopfasttrack.com/

*National Week of Action – Congressmen are at home.
March 13 – ‘Drop In & Hang out’ to Stop Fast Track!
-As simple as visiting their office, delivering a letter to them.
Better yet, have a conversation and ask how they are going to vote. Yes. No. Extension. If it’s Yes, they will stand against TPP, get it in writing. If it’s No, organize; involve more citizens; connect to larger groups.

*Find other organizing groups to connect to and help you.
-Join the weekly organizing calls
Each call will have breakout rooms to discuss how to organize a teach-in, do visibility actions, do citizens media including social media; Learn about Actions focused on members of Congress – meetings, bird-dogging, etc.; TPP Free Zones and how to organize them, and an Organizing 101 breakout for people who have never organized anything.

Register:
http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/OUOHY94QDF4I3

*Create a “TPP-Free Zone” where you live
http://www.thealliancefordemocracy.org/tppfreezones.shtml

*Find More Info
Flush the TPP
http://www.flushthetpp.org/

Stop Fast Track
http://www.stopfasttrack.com/

Alliance for Democracy
http://www.thealliancefordemocracy.org/

PAFTA – People Against Free Trade Agreements
http://www.pafta.eu/

Popular Resistance
https://www.popularresistance.org/

Green Shadow Cabinet
http://greenshadowcabinet.us/

World At A Crossroads: Stop The Fast Track To A Future Of Global Corporate Rule – See more at:
http://www.occupy.com/article/world-crossroads-stop-fast-track-future-global-corporate-rule

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partial notes from the National Fast Track Resistance call 3-11-15, Ralph Nader presentation, TPP Free Zones breakout group and reportbacks. Call recording: https://www.mixcloud.com/Popular_Resistance/national-fast-track-resistance-call-1-with-ralph-nader/

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