Friday, January 31, 2014

TPP Shout Out Day

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)  is a proposed trade agreement under negotiation by the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
 Negotiations have been carried out in secret and documents remain unavailable to Congress, despite repeated requests for disclosure, while 600 corporations have advisors with access to the draft of the TPP and corporations such as Chevron, Halliburton and Comcast have been made privy to the agreement.  Why can't Congress get access to the same documents so readily available to these corporations?

Today's "Day of Action" is to call attention to the fact that this fast-tracked free trade corporate power grab by multinational corporations, will:

          -  Allow corporations to sue governments if a country's laws interfere
             with their corporate profits;

          -  Further hijack  power with regard to food safety, the environment,
             workers rights and access to health care;

          - Three judges on the tribunal appointed by the corporations themselves
            would have authority to overrule laws of the United States.

So, those are just a few of the reasons many people are upset and want to be heard, since it will affect all of us. 

This is what Democracy looks like. (While we still can.)