Occupy the T.P.P. Stop the Corporate Coup!
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is called a trade agreement. In reality it is the stealth delivery mechanism for a long-dreamed of template for implementing a binding system of global governance. This NAFTA on steroids is being negotiated behind closed doors by the U.S. and ten Pacific Rim Countries, with a ‘docking agreement’ to add even more nations.
TPP is being planned with the advice and participation of 600 U.S. corporate lobbyists, but they refuse to tell the public what is in the text. They refuse to tell Congress what is in the text. They are negotiating in secret to hide the content. The TPP will redefine ‘trade’ in ways that make corporations unaccountable to the people and nations we live in.
The TPP is poised to become the largest ‘free trade’ agreement in the world. The Obama administration will try to ‘fast track’ it through Congress to prevent any amendments to terms of the agreement. Why?
Powerful corporate interests want to use the TPP to:
-Offshore good-paying jobs to low wage nations, undercutting working conditions globally and increasing unemployment.
-Create new tools for attacking environmental laws, labor laws, consumer safety standards, or any other laws that limit profit.
-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.
-Establish longer drug patents that will restrict access to affordable generic medications.
-Restrict our right to free speech and threaten Internet freedom by turning service providers into copyright cops.
-Establish a parallel court system allowing multinational corporations to bypass U.S. courts and sue countries before tribunals whose judges are unaccountable international trade lawyers. TPP countries will have little to no right to appeal.