The elections may be over, but it’s no time to take a break.
We need your help to be sure that Fast Track does not quietly sneak through the House of Representatives during the Lame Duck Session or in early 2015 before the new Congress is sworn in.
Now’s the time to stop the corporate, political and financial elite from establishing global corporate rule by “free” trade agreement. TPP and TAFTA (coming later) will seriously impact the work of WILPF’s issue Committees.
Join the week of action from November 8-14.
1.Tell Congress: Don’t betray democracy! No “Fast Track” for the TPP!
2. Write a Letter to the Editor calling on Congress to oppose Fast Track for the TPP. Your talking points are below.
3. Organize or attend a Fast Track event in your community.
Why oppose Fast Track?
Under Fast Track, there are no committee hearings and no amendments. Congress has only 90 days to read an immensely complex and several thousand page text and there is only a yes or no vote.
The TPP is the first trade agreement negotiated in complete secrecy. As many as 600 corporate representatives from Wall Street, big ag, big pharma, dirty energy, the military, the chemical industry, etc., have been at the table. Only recently after demanding access has Congress been allowed to read texts in a “secure” room; they are not allowed to take notes or discuss the content publicly. We only know the content of a few “draft” chapters because the texts have been leaked.
Here are good resources. In TPP, the corporate agenda wins virtually every time, and workers, citizens, the environment lose. Specifically:
A new “Harmonization Chapter” mandates setting up a new national bureaucracy to oversee the review of all laws and regulations of all agencies and departments to ensure they “harmonize” with all the TPP provisions, thus ensuring that laws that now protect public health, labor, the environment, food safely, etc., will be driven down to the lowest common denominator. Find the least protective law and make every other one identical. It eliminates the rights of communities and sovereign nations to set their own laws and agendas or protect their citizens or resources. And,
Already there are calls from Mitch McConnell to pass Fast Track and approve the TPP. In this transition moment, this disastrous trade agreement will quickly become a bargaining chip unless we act now.