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TPP – Bad for Farmers, the Environment and Just About Everyone Else

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Wednesday, September 14 is the National Call-In Day to Say NO to the Trans-Pacific Partnership – known as the TPP! Despite being in a lame duck session, the White House will be pushing for a vote on this enormous trade agreement. Contact your Members of Congress and tell them that the TPP is bad for farmers, the environment and anyone who cares about their food!

What is the TPP? Simply, it is a multi-national trade agreement that would extend restrictions on global intellectual property laws, rewriting international enforcement rules and raising significant concern about citizens’ privacy and freedom of expression, spanning the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Free trade agreements have a track record of displacing people, compromising environment health and jeopardizing the sovereign rights of nations, states and communities. Free trade agreements endorsed and forced by the World Trade Organization (WTO) facilitate agri-businesses monopolies on markets and the commodification of food. Ten years after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was passed, over two million farmers across Mexico, the U.S. and Canada were displaced.

 

The TPP would give banks and corporations the power to challenge democratic policymaking. Transnational corporations would be allowed to sue the U.S. government if they believe federal or state laws violates their access rights.

If the TPP passes, it can challenge ANY LAW that protects or supports organics, agro-ecology, and consumers’ right to know could be challenged before an unaccountable, private body.

If you were outraged at the passage of the DARK Act, rendering state laws moot, know that the TPP would create another layer that can usurp state and local laws. It could undermine the ban on fracking in New York State, threatening our water supplies, environment, and geological stability.CNV_SQUARE-TPPRally.jpg

Who supports this “agreement?” Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wal-Mart, Newscorp, GE, Halliburton and all their friends. Who is against it? Hundreds of labor, environmental, family farm, consumer, faith, indigenous and other social justice groups.

On Wednesday, September 14, join the 50+ organizations across the country to generate tens of thousands of calls opposing the TPP. Call 877-852-4710 to connect to your representative or visit Stop the TPP. Share on social media through Thunderclap. #STOPTPP. Read more: Food & Water Watch, Citizens Trade Campaign or Public Citizen.

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