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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:06 PM

Activist Opportunity: Because the World Can't Afford Another NAFTA

Come to the TPP Cross Border Event to learn about the next big trade and investment agreement. Peace Arch Park, 1:00 PM, December 1.

Today's "free trade agreements" are no longer really about dropping tariffs--that's already been done by the WTO and prior FTAs. They are about promoting offshore investment, giving multi-national corporations a larger voice in government policies, limiting regulations, increasing the monopoly power of drug companies, unshackling Wall Street, and generally promoting the neoliberal economic agenda. This is not "no" to trade, it's "no" to GE, Cargill, Citibank, Pfizer, and Caterpillar writing the rules.

More information can be found here:


Please spread the word!

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Reply Activist Opportunity: Because the World Can't Afford Another NAFTA (Original post)
OrwellwasRight Nov 2012 OP
Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #1
eridani Nov 2012 #2
OrwellwasRight Nov 2012 #4
eridani Nov 2012 #3
OrwellwasRight Nov 2012 #5
eridani Nov 2012 #6

Response to OrwellwasRight (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:10 PM

1. Absolutely agree with you about that.

We need to do everything possible to block this one....it is a true monster that makes NAFTA look like a pretty puppy.

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Response to OrwellwasRight (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:48 PM

2. Info from state labor council

Commemorate WTO, join fight for fair TPP on Nov. 30, Dec. 1

Friday, November 30: Join Celeste Drake to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the WTO protest and talk about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Arctic Hotel Polar Bar, 700 3rd Ave. (at Cherry Street) in Seattle. This is a Trade Justice Happy Hour and fundraiser for the Washington Fair Trade Coalition — as we take on the TPP!

Saturday, December 1: Join unionists, environmentalists, trade activists, students, first nations and other allies from Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. for cross-border action — “The People’s Round of Negotiations” – at 1 p.m. at Peace Arch Park in Blaine, WA. Click here for more information, fliers or to get a seat on the bus, visit TPPxBorder on Facebook, or call Kristen Beifus 206.227.3079 or email kristen@washingtonfairtrade.org.

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Response to eridani (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:26 PM

4. Here's another new link


On the website, each bullet point is a link to find out more!!

•It is only getting bigger by the day: Thailand knocking at the TPP Door

•We have not learned from NAFTA: Mexico ordered to pay Cargill $95 million for attempting to keep out high-fructose corn syrup

•In Free Trade Agreements, corporate profits always trump the environment: Canada/Quebec sued under NAFTA for its ban on fracking by a US corporation

•It Doesn’t Matter if you are a sovereign nation with labor and environmental laws: Here is a list of the NAFTA chapter 11 cases

•Or just trying to survive with a life-threatening illness on a few dollars a day: Public Health advocates in Malaysia protest reduced access to generic medicines in trade deals

•Congress is trying, but those who we elect are not part of negotiating this deal-our democracy is at stake! Recent Sign-On Letter to President Obama from Senator Al Franken on the labor rights concerns in the TPP. Urge Senators Cantwell and Murray to sign it!

•Sweatshops still exist: Here is a recent report by Right2Work

• Companies are willing to invest millions of dollars to keep consumers in the dark: Here are the corporations who defeated the GMO labeling initiative in California

•Only when we connect our issues, and combine our strength can we succeed: Dec. 1st is also world AIDS Day

•We are not alone, we are the majority, and our voices are needed for trade to ever benefit workers and support healthy communities and a sustainable planet: One Million Sign Avaaz petition to stop the Corporate Death Star aka theTPP!!!!

This Dec. 1st Get on the Fair Trade Bus & take Action Against the TransPacific Partnership!!

Join trade justice advocates from Canada, Mexico, and the US from DC to Northern, California, Oregon and WA!
The day will include a rally/action with Seattle’s Labor Chorus, Seattle Fandango Project as well as Movitas a radical marching band, speakers from First Nations tribes in Canada fighting to protect their sovereignty, workers from Kimberly Clark’s Mill in Everett who has their jobs off-shored this year, Philippine-US Solidarity Organization sharing tales of free-trade in Asia, farm justice advocates from Community to Community and international advocates from the Council of Canadians, the national AFL-CIO, Washington State Labor Council and a super fun TPP people’s action!

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Response to OrwellwasRight (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:49 PM

3. Urge Cantwell to sign Franken’s TPP letter


(Nov. 19) — Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is urging his colleagues in the U.S. Senate to sign a letter to President Obama that urges provisions be included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement to discourage the continued outsourcing of American jobs. The letter says, (The TPP) “should be crafted to maximize good job creation and market expansion while minimizing the incentives for further off-shoring of middle class jobs.”

This letter will not only be delivered to President Obama and U.S. trade negotiators, but also to trade negotiators from other countries at the start of the Auckland Round of TPP negotiations in early December.

TAKE ACTION — Please contact Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office at (206) 220-6400 or (202) 224-3441 or via email and urge her to sign Sen. Franken’s letter to the president on discouraging job outsourcing in the TPP. If the staffer you speak to is unclear about which letter you are referring to, offer to send it (via this link) or ask them to contact Sen. Franken’s office.

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Response to eridani (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:28 PM

5. And sign this fair trade petition!

Take the first step toward a fair TPP by signing the petition here:

Please spread the word!

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Response to OrwellwasRight (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:11 AM

6. Want to get on a bus to the Peace Arch?


Then we, the People will jointly strategize on how to engage with social media with Global Exchange & Witness for Peace, get organizations onto a Tri-National Unity Letter with Citizen’s Trade Campaign, talk about the TPP in 2 minutes or less with SPEEA and develop and implement creative tactics to stop the TPP by the next round in March, 2013!

Want to get on the buses leaving from Seattle? Go to TPPxBorder.org and sign-up.
Buses will be leaving at 10:30am and returning to Seattle at 6:00pm.
A delicious hot Mexican meal will be provided for everyone thanks to Community to Community!

Questions? Contact Kristen@washingtonfairtrade.org or 206.227.3079

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