Teach In on the Trans Pacific Partnership

In Trade, Video Documentation on January 28, 2014 at 10:07 pm

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Part 1 1:33:41

Part 2 00:13:01

TPP Panel

The Trans Pacific Partnership is a major trade pact, much bigger than NAFTA, being negotiated in secret by the US and many other Pacific Rim Countries. Learn more about the TPP and the threats it poses to our democracy.

-Emily Bishop, New Yorkers Against Fracking
-Frank Cetera, GMO Free CNY
-Margaret Flowers, MD is an organizer of and Flush the TPP. She also coordinates and hosts a radio program called Clearing the FOG.
-Howie Hawkins has been an activist and organizer in movements for peace, justice, labor, the environment, and independent politics since the late 1960s. He is a working Teamster, and a Green Party leader.
-Aly Wane, Syracuse Peace Council

600 lobbyists mostly from multinational corporations are active in the negotiations but your elected representatives are excluded. The TPP is not mainly about trade. Its real purpose is to help global corporations sue governments in an international trade tribunal, to force governments to abandon laws that protect the public, workers and the environment. The TPP threatens internet privacy and innovation. The TPP accelerates the “race to the bottom” by threatening many important safeguards in business. It undermines financial industry regulations, dismantles “Buy Local” preferences, restricts countries from providing generic drugs or negotiating lower drug prices for their residents, challenges food safety, chemical safety, and labeling requirements, threatens environmental policy, and further delays action on climate change.

The TPP won’t pass unless it is allowed to bypass normal congressional review through the “Fast Track” process that stifles debate and bans amendments and filibuster. To stop TPP,  Congress must reject the fast Track option before TPP is finalized and presented for approval. The White House is seeking Fast Track, and a vote in Congress is likely in early February.


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