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Fri Oct 26, 2012, 06:19 AM

Seattle - British Colombia Event: No More NAFTAs


Please promote this event in your labor circles to let them know, we can't afford another trade agreement that is modeled on NAFTA.

More on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) here:


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Reply Seattle - British Colombia Event: No More NAFTAs (Original post)
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Response to OrwellwasRight (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 06:52 AM

1. Another good site about TPP in my sig line..


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Response to pipoman (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 08:52 AM

2. Does that mean you're coming to the event?

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Response to OrwellwasRight (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:22 PM

3. More information on event:

Come to the TPP Cross Border Event to learn about the next big trade and investment agreement. Peace Arch Park (on the Border between Washington State & British Colombia), 1:00 PM, December 1. There buses coming from Portland -- check out the links if you need transportation.

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:


Background on the TPP:

The TPP FTA is a proposed trade agreement between the U.S. and ten other Pacific Rim countries (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam). Japan and Thailand have also expressed interest in joining.

The administration has called this FTA a "new model." However, there are few indications that the substance of the agreement will differ in a significant, positive way from past trade agreements based on the NAFTA model -- meaning it is not clear how this will be an agreement for the 99% instead of the 1%. It is not evident that the “new model” includes the major changes that labor and progressive groups have been advocating for more than a decade.

While the Administration touts the TPP as a job-creating enterprise, it has not commissioned a job impacts study to be done by the International Trade Commission. The Administration has provided no information as to how the TPP specifically will promote manufacturing more effectively than US trade policy has done for the past 20 years (during which time we have lost almost 700,000 jobs to NAFTA and more than 2.7 million to China after its entry into the WTO).

A major difference from past trade agreements is that a completed TPP would allow new countries to join, or "dock-on," at any time. This dock-on aspect could be one of the most critical of the entire agreement, as it would allow any country in the world to join the agreement at a later date. This includes China. It is also not yet clear whether the agreement will ensure that an up or down vote in Congress will take place for each new entrant (for example, new entrants can join the WTO without such a vote). But it does mean that the rules set down by the TPP could be the last rules ever negotiated by the US--and rules that favor the 1% will guide all future trade expansion. Thus, it is CRITICAL to get this agreement right!!

Negotiations for the TPP are closed to the public, and the text of the agreement remains classified. The press has largely ignored the negotiations, even when they have happened on American soil. The American public seems largely unaware and un-engaged in the process.

Are you interested in engaging? In helping to tell the Administration that this agreement MUST be different than the corporate-centric agreements of the past? If so, contact the organizers at the links above or PM me. We need YOUR help to raise the profile on this agreement and make sure it works for workers worldwide.

Take the first step by signing the petition here:

Please spread the word!

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Response to OrwellwasRight (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:14 AM

4. Kick: New BLog post with more information on TPP


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 the TPP!!!!

This Dec. 1st Get on the Fair Trade Bus & take Action Against the Trans-Pacific 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)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:16 AM

5. Kick: AFL-CIO Fair Trade Petition HERE:

Take the first step by signing the petition here:

Sign & share link!

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