Our demonstration in front of Congressman Gibson's office in September
you have not heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal you are
not alone. However, the fact that the TPP is not making headlines in
mainstream news is no accident. The deal is being negotiated with such a
degree of secrecy, not even members of the US Congress have been
allowed to see the full draft.
What we do know about the TTP
from leaked documents on Public Citizen is truly frightening. If the
public knew what 600 corporate representatives were negotiating behind
closed doors, there would surely be such a global outburst of protest,
it would make the ground shake.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal has provisions that would:
Force the US (and other member countries) to import and sell unsafe food products Creates “State-owned enterprises” Cause 90 percent of Americans to take a pay cut Raise the cost of prescription drugs and reduce access to medicines Eliminate nearly all oversight on the banking industry Ship millions of US jobs overseas Limit free speech through new intellectual property rights laws Eliminate most internet privacy rights Create corporate owned “investor states” Give foreign countries the right to sue the United States for “loss of expected profits”
Exempt foreign companies from US laws including, environmental, land
use,banking, public safety and health, food safety and labor, among
In an essay called “What’s the matter with NAFTA,”
Elaine Bernard of Harvard Law quoted
Michael Walker, an economist with
the right-wing Fraser Institute in Canada, as saying, "A trade agreement
simply limits the extent to which the U.S. or other signatory
governments may respond to pressure from their citizens.”
plain translation of Mr. Walker’s words spell the end of freedom and
democracy as we know it. If government is more bound to a trade deal
than “pressure from their citizens” then the US Constitution is
essentially null and void.
To put this in perspective, let’s
say a TPP nation wants to drill an oil well in a residential
neighborhood that has laws that don’t allow oil drilling. Under TPP, the
company can drill there anyway because not drilling in that particular
spot, represents a loss of expected profits.
That same company
also does not have to comply with local environmental laws for the same
reason. Additionally, if they happen to kill the last animal of its
kind, or add cancer-causing pollution to the drinking water supply,
that’s okay, too, under the TPP. Spending money to operate without
polluting cuts into their profits.
If local citizens protest
because their neighborhood is being ruined and their children are dying
from pollution-related diseases, it won’t matter. The TPP gives
companies the right to ignore the laws of sovereign nations. The
businesses would even have the right to file a lawsuit to recoup any
profits they may not collect. If they win their case in a foreign
tribunal, US taxpayers will have to pay the corporation for their
While the above is an over-simplified, hypothetical
example, it does provide an idea of just how dangerous this pseudo-trade
deal really is and why the people negotiating it want to keep the
As The Guardian explains, “The TPP is an effort to
use the holy grail of free trade to impose conditions and override
domestic laws in a way that would be almost impossible if the proposed
measures had to go through the normal legislative process. The
expectation is that by lining up powerful corporate interests, the
governments will be able to ram this new “free trade” pact through
legislatures on a take-it-or-leave-it basis.”
The “New World
Order” will no longer be a conspiracy theory if the Trans-Pacific
Partnership becomes law. By design, this trade deal is a huge step
toward creating a One World fascist government that has complete control
over every form of life on the planet. Some 40 percent of the
global economy will fall under the control of corporate interests with
the TPP deal. In addition to the United States, Japan, Australia,
Canada, Mexico, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore,
and Vietnam will have the right to violate the laws of sovereign
For generations, wealthy elitist have been
manipulating governments and laws like a global Ponzi scheme. One step
at a time, working-class people have been convinced to surrender their
rights to the more powerful, under the guise of economic benefits for
themselves. In fact, there is little historical or modern-day
evidence to suggest that the rich have ever had any intention of sharing
their wealth with the poor. Why Citizens United matters so much
In 2010, corporations were declared “people” by the US Supreme Court.
The Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision opened the
floodgates of corruption that have since poisoned US elections and the
legislative process. It allowed millionaires and billionaires to spend
an unlimited amount of money to create false or misleading ads to
influence the minds of voters. That money filled the seats of congress
with radical freshmen that pledge their allegiance only to the corporate
lobbyists’ flag. The American public is barely an afterthought for the
Citizens United Congress.
Had the Citizens United decision gone
the other way, the world might not be on the brink of the New World
Order that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will bring. But that’s not what
happened and it would be naïve to think that all those election
“investors” are not expecting a return on their money.
elites want the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it’s good for them,
not you. And that’s why the negotiations are being conducted in secret.
The public is not supposed to know how badly they are being sold out
until it’s too late. If you live in America and you want to try to
stop the TPP, tell your elected representative to deny President Obama
“fast track authority” for trade agreements.
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202 224-3121 and ask to speak to your representatives.
Join the International Call to End the WTO and Stop the New Wave of Free Trade Agreements on December 3rd, the first day of the World Trade Organization meetings in Doha, Qatar. The Doha meeting will be followed by a 20th
round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meetings in Kyodo, Singapore.
Negotiations for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
(TAFTA) are also underway.
All of these trade agreements share the same fundamental principle
that profits are more important than the health and needs of people and
the planet. They are destroying local economies and public
infrastructure in order to establish a global neo-liberal economic
system that privatizes all goods and services. These agreements grant
transnational corporations the power to change laws even down to the
local level and challenge court decisions in their own tribunal that
operates outside of sovereign judicial systems and cannot be challenged
by domestic courts. On December 3, we call on all allies for fair trade, peace and
justice to gather in a public space at noon and declare global
resistance to these toxic trade agreements. We will not obey secret
deals made by transnational corporations that defy public interests and
desires and destroy hard-won protections of people, workers and the
environment. We demand the rights of all people to live with dignity, to
meet their basic needs and to build a 21st century sustainable green economy.
We are acting in solidarity with people all over the world to end the race to the bottom in jobs and wages.
We respect the right to have a job with a living wage and safe working conditions.
We want 21st century jobs that build a sustainable green energy economy.
Communities in the United States are starting to pass resolutions to
declare that they will not obey trade agreements that cause harm to
their communities. To learn how you can do the same in your community,
visit “Declare Your Community a TPP-Free Zone.” To participate in the international day of action:
Endorse the Call to End the WTO and Stop the New Wave of Free
Trade Agreements by contacting Mary Lou Malig of La Via Campesina –
Asia at firstname.lastname@example.org.