Wednesday, June 13, 2012

[SDCPJ] Trans-Pacifc Partnership Agreement negotiations coming to SD July 2-10

The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are coming to San Diego from July 2nd- 10th.  We need your help to spread the word to international negotiators that the 99% do not support US proposals. Learn more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and take the first steps to get involved.

 

What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a new free trade agreement that is being negotiated between the US, Brunei, Vietnam, Singapore, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and Malaysia.  This trade agreement could set globalization for years to come. The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been negotiated behind closed doors without transparency and the voice of the 99% represented. Members of Congress, stakeholders, journalists, and the 99% do not have access to the negotiating texts. Despite several coordinated calls from international allies, civil society, and the labor movement, negotiators have only responded that they will not release the text until four years until after the talks are concluded or a deal is reached, leaving only the voice of the 1% allowed to engage in an agreement that will affect our lives.

 

•             TPP would deny healthcare, a human right to the 99% by imposing strict monopolies on patents and raising the price of pharmaceuticals that would decrease access to medicines and roll back the modest reforms to allow the 99% greater access to life-saving medicines.

•             TPP would encroach on internet freedoms by causing for internet service providers to police user activity. TPP would stifle innovation due to the harsh sanctions that countries would be forced to adopt if they are a signatory to the agreement.

•             TPP would weaken labor provisions and deny the right to work and security to the 99% through offshoring of jobs, banning Buy America and buy local programs, and lack of strong labor provisions and enforcement with labor protections for the 99%.

•             TPP would allow for the hard fought reforms of the 99% to be undermined by corporations by elevating corporations' rights above those of the 99% by including provisions that allow for corporations to challenge domestic policies in private courts that skirt our domestic systems and regulations.

 

If you would like to learn more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, please join Brooke Harper, Senior Field Organizer of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch and allied organizations for a teach in  Wednesday, 6/20, 6 to 9 pm: at Canvass for a Cause, 3705 10th Ave San Diego, CA 92103 (Hillcrest).

 

Help us to raise our voices!

We have several opportunities to impact the negotiations. From rallies to street theater and alternative conferences there are a multitude of ways to affect the negotiations. One of the most important ways is to register  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e5yh3yt0c168d0a9&oseq= as a

stakeholder for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. This gives you access to events such as the stakeholder forum where activists and concerned citizens can present to negotiators and also display tables voicing their issues.  We also have a number of creative actions planned, yet in order to have access to the venue you must register by this Friday, June 15, by 2 PM PST. There will be no late registrations allowed.  So take the first step to raising your voice for the 99% and register https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e5yh3yt0c168d0a9&oseq= today. Simply click here https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e5yh3yt0c168d0a9&oseq=

 and register for the 13th round of negotiations in San Diego.  If you would like to have a table or present to the negotiators, simply follow the directions in your confirmation email to sign up.  If you need help filling out the forms, feel free to call me at 202-454-5133 or bharper@citizen.org.

 

Help us Stay Connected to One Another!

If you have taken the first step and registered please fill out your contact information on this form  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHp1QmVIc01TS2J1UE03djJYRmJuWlE6MQ

so we can connect activists and keep you updated on different actions, we are planning.  We will not distribute your contact information and will only contact you regarding the TPP negotiations.

 

Thanks so much, if you have any questions or need additional information on the San Diego negotiations, please feel free to contact me at 202-454-5133 or at bharper@citizen.org.

 

Brooke Harper-Patterson

Senior Field Organizer

Global Trade Watch

202-454-5133/bharper@citizen.org

 

 

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