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TPP stands for "Trans-Pacific Partnership"…it’s a trade deal that is expected to drive down the wages of 90 percent of all Americans.


WHAT IS TPP?
TPP stands for “Trans-Pacific Partnership”…it’s a trade deal that is expected to drive down the wages of 90 percent of all Americans.
600 corporations have banded together–controlling 40 percent of all global trade–they will be able to extract whatever resources they want from our country…and if we complain, offshore tribunals will decide our fate.
TPP also plans to use copyright law to effectively shut down our internet.
Americans will be competing for jobs in a market that pays less than min. wage, our environment may be poisoned by lawless, offshore, transnational companies, prices for medical care will be inflated and food safety will be practically non-existent.
The U.S. is essentially being colonized by 600 transnational companies–which are collectively operating like a “nation state.”
If you don’t want most of the U.S. to experience Detroit-like poverty…please get involved:
Call your Representatives and join actions, ASAP, to STOP TPP and demand NO FAST TRACK.
Thank you. ♥
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ARTICLES:
“Congress Moves to Fast Track TPP, Threatening Human Health and Environment”
“The TPP agreement could devastate communities…It would elevate corporations to the level of nations, thus allowing foreign companies to directly sue governments in private trade tribunals over laws and policies that corporations allege reduce their profits. It would also open the floodgates for the expansion of natural gas exports and, therefore, fracking across the U.S. [also, affect radiation monitoring, nuclear power plant safety and our ability to protect ourselves from any environmental disaster.]”
“On behalf of the Sierra Club and our 2.1 million members and supports, I urge members to oppose this fast-track bill and retain their right to ensure that the U.S. trades responsibly.”
http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/10/congress-fast-track-tpp-threatening-health-environment/
“Scientists have traditionally held a range of contrasting views on the extent to which they should be involved in the political decision-making process. Many of us feel that, in return for the public funding we receive to carry out our research, we have to produce impartial knowledge that can be used by policy makers, but otherwise we should not be involved as scientists in political debates. However, when politicians devise policies that risk annihilating the societal impact of our work, some of us claim the right to be outspoken, as the two of us do in the following…”
http://www.earthwatchmedia.org/tpp-ttip-policy…/
ACLU: “The Biggest Threat to Free Speech and Intellectual Property That You’ve Never Heard Of”
https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech-technology-and-liberty-national-security/biggest-threat-free-speech-and
VIDEO:
“The TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] is often referred to by critics as ‘NAFTA on steroids,’ and would establish a free trade zone that would stretch from Vietnam to Chile, encompassing 800 million people — about a third of world trade and nearly 40 percent of the global economy. While the text of the treaty has been largely negotiated behind closed doors and, until June, kept secret from Congress, more than 600 corporate advisers reportedly have access to the measure, including employees of Halliburton and Monsanto. ‘This is not mainly about trade,’ says Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. ‘It is a corporate Trojan horse. The agreement has 29 chapters, and only five of them have to do with trade. The other 24 chapters either handcuff our domestic governments, limiting food safety, environmental standards, financial regulation, energy and climate policy, or establishing new powers for corporations.'”
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/4/a_corporate_trojan_horse_obama_pushes
TPP = “NAFTA on steriods” + SOPA
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/3/nafta_at_20_lori_wallach_on
TPP – Wikileaks has released another bombshell
http://youtu.be/bPIsjH25GHo
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LEAKED TPP DOCUMENTS:
http://wikileaks.org/tpp/
http://wikileaks.org/tpp-enviro/
https://wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/press.html
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WEBPAGES WITH MORE DETAILS:
Click links on left side for various issues: http://www.exposethetpp.org/TPPImpactsYou.html
http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/trade-policies/tpp-potential-trade-policy-problems/
http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/blog/2013/06/04/activists-start-here-the-tpp-fast-track-organizers-toolkit/
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HOW TO LOCATE AND CALL REPRESENTATIVES:
Main number~
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121
(Ask to be transferred to your Rep/Sen)
To find your specific Rep/Sen: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
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CALL SCRIPT:
“Hi, this is (your full name). I am a constituent of Rep/Senator (name). I live in (name of city). I am calling to request that Rep/Sen (name) vote NO on Fast Track Authority. It is important to me that Congress follows the Constitutional directive to negotiate international trade and that all trade agreements are given full consideration, debate and amendments as needed.
Do you know Rep/Sen (name) position on Fast Track Authority? Will he/she vote Yes or No? (wait for an answer)
Do you know Rep/Sen (name) position on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement? Will he/she vote Yes or No? (wait for an answer)
(regardless of their response, just continue)
Once again, I am requesting that Rep/Sen (name) vote NO on Fast Track Authority and NO on the TPP! Please be sure he/she gets my message. Thank you.”
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FLYERS:
http://tinyurl.com/mzk3346 (<–This is my favorite list of flyers. Click photo, then, scroll down description for excellent list! ♥ )
TPP Flyer – GMO, Food Safety, Environment http://wetlands-preserve.org/phpUpload/uploads/Monsanto_Flier_Oct_2012.pdf
More Fliers – Expose The TPP.USA http://mam-lb.com/tpp-fast-track-flyers/
Like the mam fliers, digital links but no url links https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/s720x720/1146658_566904673366152_231249949_n.jpg
TPP Flyer – Citizen’s Trade https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/52820359/TPP-handout.pdf
Public Citizen Flyer http://stopptpp.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/tpp_corporatepowertool.pdf
TPP Flyer United Students for Fair Trade http://fairtradecampus.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/tpp-general-info-flyer_-simplified.pdf
Occucard Flyer http://www.occucards.com/images2/tpp-full.jpg
TPP – GMO Flyer http://tinyurl.com/TPPGMOFlyer
TPP Flyer – Food Safety/Fracking/Wall Street/Secret Tribunals – Food & Water Watch http://documents.foodandwaterwatch.org/doc/Don%27t_Fast_Track_Fracking_and_Unsafe_Food.pdf
Old event related fliers http://stoptpp.org/artandflyers/
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“STOP TPP” MEME LIBRARY:
http://tinyurl.com/mpwk2cy (tweet form)
http://tinyurl.com/k8hnshh (original links)
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WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR (IN MINUTES):
http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=3463
https://openmedia.org/letter
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FIND OUT IF YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IS LISTED ON THE “TPP WALL OF SHAME”:
https://www.facebook.com/TPP.WallOfShame
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A LIST OF TPP CORPORATE “INSIDERS”:
http://www.flushthetpp.org/tpp-corporate-insiders/
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YALE UNIVERSITY ~ FREE ONLINE CLASS
“ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND LAW”:
http://oyc.yale.edu/environmental-studies/evst-255
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PLEASE SHARE THIS MEME, WIDELY
(it’s a quick summary of our call team’s activities):
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152429862624431&set=gm.461022630708515&type=1&theater
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PLEASE ADD YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS TO THIS EVENT!
Click “Invite” icon (on top right corner of this event page)–>Click “Choose Friends”–>Very important–click “All Friends,” in left column…then, click each friend, individually! –>”Send Invites” (you should see this icon on bottom right of the pop-up menu)!
If you simply share the event, only about 1-10 percent will see this event in your newsfeed–whereas, if you add friends individually to our event, all of them will receive a notification! ♥
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FINALLY, WE ALSO PERIODICALLY TWITTER STORM, PROVIDE UPDATES AND ORGANIZE ADDITIONAL STOP TPP/NO FAST TRACK EVENTS…SO ALWAYS CHECK BACK!

https://www.facebook.com/events/359507710860008/

 

US Senate approves fast-track trade authority for Obama

AFP

8 hours ago

Washington (AFP) – The US Senate overcame bitter divisions on trade policy and passed legislation that gives President Barack Obama authority to swiftly forge international trade pacts, including a landmark Pacific Rim accord under negotiation.

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The measure now heads to the House of Representatives where its fate is uncertain.

While Senate passage is a dramatic victory for Obama, the bill clearly faces a fierce debate in the lower chamber, where lawmakers signalled there is intense opposition from within Obama’s own Democratic Party.

Passage of the so-called trade promotion authority bill allows the administration to finalize negotiations with 11 other Asian and Pacific nations and bring the trade deal to Congress for an up-or-down vote, with lawmakers not permitted to make changes.

The bill, which pushes Obama’s top legislative priority in his second term, passed on a 62-37 vote, with all but a handful of Republicans backing their rival in the White House.

TPA is “likely the most important bill we’ll pass this year,” said Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, who co-wrote the legislation that lays out 150 ambitious US trade priorities including human rights, environment and labor protections.

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US President Barack Obama speaks about trade policy&nbsp;&hellip;

US President Barack Obama speaks about trade policy at Nike Headquarters on May 8, 2015 in Beaverton …

“It shows that when the president is right we will support him.”

But most Democrats voted no, highlighting some of their fiercest opposition to Obama in his six-plus years in office.

Senate Democrat Jeff Merkley crystalized the sentiments of many free-trade critics, who say the accord will promote a hemorrhaging of American jobs, much like the North American Free Trade Agreement is blamed for doing a generation earlier.

“We have lost five million jobs and 50,000 factories,” Merkley told his colleagues. “This is simply the wrong direction to go.”

Supporters said the Pacific trade accord — the largest in history — will eliminate trade tariffs and level the playing field for US exports.

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Demonstrators protest against legislation to give US President Barack Obama fast-track authority to  …

And TPA will ensure the most progressive framework of any global trade deal, they said.

– ‘Strong standards’ –

Obama offered swift praise for the result of the closely watched vote.

He stressed that this TPA, previous versions of which were used by several presidents before him to conclude trade deals, includes “strong standards that will advance workers’ rights, protect the environment, promote a free and open Internet, and it supports new robust measures to address unfair currency practices.”

Obama encouraged timely action in the House, but Republican leadership there essentially warned that passage would be up to Obama’s own party.

“The House will take up this measure, and Republicans will do our part, but ultimately success will require Democrats putting politics aside and doing what’s best for the country,” House Speaker John Boehner said after the Senate vote.

And some conservative Republicans, too, could revolt, unwilling to cede ever more power to the executive branch.

Amid a tense series of Senate votes, lawmakers rejected several amendments to the trade bill, including a controversial provision requiring enforceable measures to punish nations which manipulate their currency in order to gain price advantages for their exports to the United States.

Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, headquarters of the US auto industry, argued that the currency intervention by the Bank of Japan, for example, was creating a difference of between $6,000 and $11,000 in the cost of an American automobile there.

Hatch nevertheless warned such a measure would “kill” TPA and the trade deal itself, which is a cornerstone of Obama’s pivot to Asia and would economically link countries as diverse as Australia, Chile, Japan, Peru and Vietnam.

The Consumer Electronics Association welcomed the Senate’s action.

“This legislation provides a much needed, balanced package that takes into account the realities of the digital economy and Internet era,” the association’s head Gary Shapiro said in a statement.

http://news.yahoo.com/us-senate-approves-fast-track-trade-authority-obama-014824295.html

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