After searching for flyers to help raise local awareness about the upcoming, fast-tracked TPP vote, I couldn’t find anything more recent than this past summer. They had dates on them for events long past, and so I customized previous flyer material and tailored the new flyers for shoppers at our natural foods co-op and our upcoming “Share the Bounty Week” — an annual gathering of politicians, community garden leaders, Transition Town folks, food banks, churches, school administrators, natural foods co-ops, and others concerned about local food security and increasing options for healthy, local foods.
How timely that next week just happens to coincide with various meetings during which I will be distributing my flyers! I couldn’t have planned this end run any better. Since no one rallied to my original call for public meetings, I’ll just slip this info into large public meetings already scheduled. 😉 I also synchronously got to give a “no on TPP” public service announcement at Wednesday’s screening of Naomi Klein’s new documentary, “This Changes Everything,” alerting 60+ viewers that TPP is designed to change everything positive we just watched happen in the film.
I have copied the simple flyer here in case anyone wants to copy and paste into your own document, with your own Congressional contact info. We don’t have a date yet for the fast track vote, but I suspect they’ll try to sneak this in during the holidays or at some other high period of public distraction. It’s now or never to spread the word. WordPress wouldn’t keep my formatting, but you get the idea. Please share as you feel led and correct formatting as you need to. I also turned this into a PDF file and emailed some people with wider local networks than I have.
UPDATE: To customize for a different angle of interest/concern, please see this link: http://www.exposethetpp.org/TPPImpacts_Public-Health.html . To the left, you’ll find a vertical list of everything else the TPP affects, so that you can choose your angle for your audience.
TPP: The most brazen corporate power grab in American History
What is TPP?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership would create a super-treaty which would jeopardize the sovereignty of the nations involved by giving that power to large corporations like Wal-Mart, Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, Halliburton, Philip Morris, GE, GM, Apple.
- There are currently 11 nations involved: U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico and Canada. Japan has shown interest.
- The economic power of this group is more than 40% larger than the 27- nation European Union.
- TPP will offshore millions of good-paying jobs to low-wage nations, undercutting working conditions globally and increasing unemployment.
- TPP will expand pharmaceutical monopoly protections and institute longer patents that will decrease access to affordable medications
- TPP will limit food GMO labeling and allow import of goods that do not meet US safe standards.
- TPP will institute SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA-like regulations and Internet measures which restrict our right to free speech.
- TPP will roll back Wall Street regulations, and prohibit bans on risky financial services.
- TPP will give multinational corporations and private investors the right to sue nations in private tribunals. These tribunals have the power to overturn environmental, labor, or any other laws that limit profit, awarding taxpayer funded damages.
- TPP will encourage the privatization of lands and natural resources in areas where indigenous people live.
… unless we tell Congress to say, “No Deal!”
In May 2015, Congress voted to allow “fast track,” which means a speedy “yes” or “no” vote on this 5,000+ page treaty whose secret, final text was only just leaked after years of secret corporate meetings. Fast track vote means no Congressional debate, negotiation, or rewriting of this treaty drafted by corporations. If Congress votes yes, TPP becomes law, with corporations as judge, jury and executioner via international tribunals that trump all national, state and local sovereignty. We do not know the vote date, but voting will be soon, probably when people are distracted by other things.
WHAT TO DO:
If you want continued access to organic foods, basic food safety standards, and to know what’s in your foods … if you support a local economy and wish to grow it, tell Congress to Vote NO on TPP.
Congresswoman Jackie Walorski: (202) 225-3915 www.walorski.house.gov
Senator Dan Coats: (202) 224-5623 www.coats.senate.gov
Senator Joe Donnelly: (202) 224-4814 www.donnelly.senate.gov