You won’t believe how many people are upset about this secretive agreement

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Right now, Obama and other leaders are in closed-door meetings to fast track and finalize the Trans Pacific Partnership. And what they’re talking about will shock you.

Greg Russak‘s insight:

The TPP threatens to censor your Internet1, kill jobs, undermine environmental safeguards, and remove your democratic rights2.

We’re going to get the attention of decision-makers and the media by projecting a Stop The Secrecy message on key buildings in Washington D.C. – but we need you to add your voice now.

 

The TPP is huge: It covers 40% of the global economy and will overwrite national laws affecting people around the world.3

 

The worst of the TPP threatens everything we care about: democracy, jobs, health, the environment, and the Internet.  That’s why decision-makers are meeting in Asia under extreme secrecy and pushing ‘Fast Track’ laws to cement the plan into place.

This is no way to make decisions in the 21st century. We need to raise a loud global call to expose this dangerous secrecy now.

With every voice that is added to our call, a donor will contribute to make the Stop The Secrecy projection on buidlings in Washington D.C. bigger and brighter. We need to make this as big as possible when Obama returns to Washington on April 30th.

Please add your voice to help us build one of the largest online campaigns the world has ever seen.

 

 

Footnotes:
*According to several reports “An early signing of the TPP is expected to be a key topic in a planned full meeting between Abe and Obama when the U.S. president visits Japan.” The meetings are taking place right now.

[1] TPP Creates Legal Incentives For ISPs To Police The Internet. What Is At Risk? Your Rights. Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation.

[2] Leaked drafts of the Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Source: Wikileaks. Background on several issues pertaining to the TPP can be found on the Expose The TPP website and in our resources page.

[3] U.S. “Bullying” TPP Negotiators Amid Failure to Agree. Source: Inter Press Service News Agency. *Note: The U.S. and the E.U. are already discussing a similar secretive agreement called “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)”. Once the TPP is finalized there will be pressure to harmonize and extend its provisions to TTIP — meaning the E.U. There are also reports of many others countries being added to the TPP once it is finalized.

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Statement By U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman at the Close of the Fourth Round Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations | Office of the United States Trade Representative

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Greg Russak‘s insight:

U.S. Trade Representative, Michael Froman, is now on Twitter.

@MikeFroman

It’s only been since yesterday, and he doesn’t have much to say. We have his NCAA brackets and he cleverly suggests Cabinet meetings be limited to 140 characters (which might not be a bad idea).

Seriously, do not be shy about sharing your thoughts (respectfully) with him (or any government official) about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Here’s a tip on using Twitter.

If you’re starting the Tweet with his (or anyone’s) handle, and you want more than just the recipient and anyone who follows you both to see it, start the Tweet with a period in front of the Twitter handle like in this Tweet I just sent:

.@MikeFroman, I’ve read that #TPP & #TTIP worse than #NAFTA for working Americans. Can you prove otherwise by sharing full text of both?

For info I’ve been collecting about the TPP and TTIP, visit

https://didyoucheckfirst.wordpress.com/tppttip-resources/

It’s our country. They work for us. Speak up.

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Exposing the #TPP

This is one of the best collections – and best visual presentations – I’ve seen so far  on how to become better informed and to take action in opposition to the TPP.

This graphic below is just a snip of the site. Go to http://www.stopfasttracknow.org/ to get to all the linked information.

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Visit http://www.stopfasttracknow.org/

Media Companies Lobby for Trans-Pacific Partnership | Republic Report

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Earlier this month, Media Matters for America published a short research note revealing that most major cable and broadcast news outlets have largely ignor

Greg Russak‘s insight:

According to Congressional Lobbying Reports linked from this article….

Time-Warner’s 1Q2013 Lobbying Report lists $905,000.00 in total lobbying expenses, and a team of 4 lobbying on trade issues that included TPP, the New Zealand Copyright Act (http://fairdeal.net.nz/) and other matters.

Comcast’s 2Q2013 report lists total lobbying expenses of $5.47million. They categorize their lobbying related to TPP as “International IP Protection – TPP, WIPO (https://www.eff.org/issues/wipo), and TTIP.

In Q4 of 2013, Twenty-First Century Fox spent a total of $1.52million dollars on all their lobbying including the TPP, TTIP, and Trade Promotion Authority, better known as “fast track” authority.

Disney spent a total of $1.11million in the first quarter of last year on lobbying, spreading their TPP-related lobbying around in the House, the Senate, the U.S. Copyright Office, Patent & Trademark Office (PTO), the Office of Management & Budget (OMB), the Department of Commerce (DOC), and with the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

Do we perhaps begin to understand better why it is that the corporate/mainstream media has nothing at all to share with us about the secrecy and the potential pitfalls of current trade negotiations?

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Online Day of Action: Tuesday, Feb. 25th! ← Flush the TPP!

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Greg Russak‘s insight:

On Feb. 22nd, the twelve TPP countries will begin continued negotiations around how to trade away lives and livelihoods. As the talks come to an end next Tuesday, we’re going to inundate the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and our members of Congress social media-style – and we hope you’ll join us!

 

Here’s how: http://www.flushthetpp.org/online-day-of-action-tuesday-feb-25th/

 

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