Hey, what is the global economy for, anyway? Creating profits for a few, or prosperity for everyone? We don’t like the looks of the two trade agreements currently being negotiated in secret by corporations and governments around the world. And this week Congress may make a BIG mistake – putting these agreements on the ‘Fast Track’ to becoming a reality. Let’s stop the rush to a bad deal.
A little background: right now, the US is negotiating the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) and the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). They are both trade agreements that will have a huge impact on people around the world – on workers, on environmental protections, and even on things like food safety and patents.
What’s wrong with these agreements? First, only a small circle of corporate advisors and government negotiators have been allowed a seat at the table to even know what is being discussed. What happened to transparency?
Leaked bits and pieces of the document suggest that the deals may also make it easier for foreign corporations to get around local laws, and even seek monetary damages from states or local governments. They could weaken GMO labeling laws that have already been passed in many countries.
Many are concerned that these agreements will cost the US economy millions of jobs, just like NAFTA and other trade agreements in the past, by making it easier for corporations to move their business to where labor is cheapest and environmental protections are weakest.
So, what’s worse than bad trade deals? Rushing them through a Fast Track process that cuts out any chance for Congress to demand changes. This matters to every one of us. So let’s stop Fast Track now!
To get involved and learn more:
April 18th is the National Day of Action against Fast Track. By acting together, we can put a stop to this, just as vocal and informed citizens have done with similar bad deals in the past. To learn more about TPP and Fast Track, click here, then visit StopFastTrack.com to call and email your Congressperson to vote 'No' on Fast Track for the TPP and TTIP!