Don’t get so caught up with the Presidential Primaries and the SCOTUS speculation that you forget about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal that is still on the table in the Congress. This Friday, there will be an anti-TPP rally at Congresswoman Martha McSally’s office. Come on down! Bring your signs and enthusiasm.
Here are a few background articles on the TPP.
#TPP Is ‘Worse Than We Thought’: Text Finally Public
#TPP, #TTIP & #TiSA: Global Secret Trade Deals Will Make Government Irrelevant
US Ordered to Change Consumer-Protection Law: WTO Decision Foreshadows How Bad #TPP Would Be (video)
Obama Signs Fast Track & TAA
The past week has been filled with monumental news stories– from the shootings of 9 African American church goers in Charleston and the subsequent funeral with President Obama giving a moving eulogy, to the burning of several African American churches to history-making SCOTUS decisions upholding Obamacare, Arizona’s independent redistricting commission, and nationwide marriage equality.
With all of this going on, it’s no wonder that yesterday when President Obama signed legislation giving himself fast track authority to move trade agreements (like the notorious Trans-Pacific Partnership) forward the main stream media mostly ignored it.
Here’s a concise recap from the RT…
President Barack Obama signed a bill giving him “fast-track” powers to conduct and conclude trade legislation. The bill was approved by Congress last week after months of contentious debate and several difficult votes.
In addition to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), as the fast-track bill is officially called, the president signed the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) act, extending aid to US workers who might lose their jobs as a consequence of free-trade deals.
Since 2013, WikiLeaks has been releasing successive chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Without Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, the citizens of the world would know nothing about the future that multinational corporations are planning for us– a world where workers are paid as little as possible, where Internet freedom will no longer exist, where drug patents will be extended (thus eliminating generic drugs), where corporations can sue governments for potential loss of profits, where environmental, public health, and labor laws will be gutted for the good of the greedy, where privatization will maximize profits and minimize service, where the idea of government acting for public good will be sacrificed in order to raise profits of the few.
The richest 1% already own half of the world’s wealth, but apparently, that’s not enough. In addition to currently negotiating the TPP in secret, two other global “free” trade agreements also are being negotiated — the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which is the TPP for countries on the Atlantic Ocean, and Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), which covers global services.
This week, WikiLeaks turned its focus to the TiSA by releasing 17 TiSA-related documents including 11 full chapters. The outline for the TiSA has been in place for almost a year, but the corporate plan to keep these documents secret for five years after the plan is signed has been foiled by WikiLeaks. (What would we do without whistle blowers?!)
Posted in Activism, Congress, Economics, Labor, Pamela Powers Hannley, Transportation, Water
Tagged #StopFastTrack, free trade, TiSA, TPP, TTIP, WikiLeaks
Activists worldwide have been organizing, educating, protesting, writing, and sharing stories and videos to tell the citizens of the world just how bad the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal is for people. After all, anything written in secret by 600 multinational corporations can’t be good for us.
This Wednesday– June 3, 2015– is another national day of action against the TPP. Organizers are calling on us– all of us– to call our representatives in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday and tell them to vote NO on the fast track authorization for the TPP.
The top three people to call in Arizona are Representatives:
Martha McSally: Ron Barber stood with workers and opposed the TPP. What about you, Martha? Will she stand for corporate people or humans? (BTW, On June 3, the TPP Flushers will be protesting in front of Martha’s office at 4400 E. Broadway Blvd at 9:30 a.m. Bring signs.)
Kyrsten Sinama: She has been a Wall Street darling since she went to Congress, but a recent anti-TPP protest at her office may have sparked a no vote on the TPP. Let’s encourage her to stand with us this time– instead of Wall Street.
Ann Kirkpatrick: Ann is a blue dog Democrat, but in the last Congress she had a better voting record than Sinema or Barber, when it came to issues that would help everyday Arizonans. Ann recently announced that she will challenge Senator John McCain for for the Senate in 2016. Show us how different you are from McCain and vote NO on the TPP, Ann! (Don’t make Barber’s mistake of not sufficiently separating your views from your opponent’s.)
Posted in Activism, Arizona Congressional Delegation, Congress, Economics, environment, Ethics, International, Labor, Pamela Powers Hannley
Tagged #StopFastTrack, Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally, Raul Grijalva, ruben gallego, TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership
Activists around the globe are fighting the secret
“free” trade deal know as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The fast track authority for the TPP is being heard in Congress now. Republicans and President Barack “Wall Street” Obama want the TPP fast track authority to pass. (Fast track authority allows presidents to negotiate trade deals without all of those messy Congressional debates and any of that unpredictable public input. This is how we got NAFTA and multiple other “free” trade deals that have hurt American workers.)
Progressives and most Democrats in Congress are against the TPP and fast track authority– mostly because it is a SECRET deal negotiated by 600 corporations and what we do know about it is bad for middle class Americans. (Only selected sections of the TPP have been released by WikiLeaks
. Obama has been keeping the rest a secret. Why?!)
Recently the Arizona Daily Star
reported that Congressional phone calls on the TPP are running 25 to 1 against it. To keep up the pressure, a national day of Congressional phone calls has been planned for June 3. Below are the details from the Citizens Trade Campaign
. #StopFastTrack #FlushTheTPP
Posted in Activism, Congress, Economics, GOP War On..., International, Labor, Pamela Powers Hannley, President
Tagged Barack Obama, Raul Grijalva, TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership