Congress is pushing legislation right now that would "Fast Track" the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- a secretive agreement negotiated behind closed doors by government bureaucrats and more than 600 corporate lobbyists. It threatens everything you care about: democracy, jobs, the environment, and the Internet.
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Hello, I'm calling to urge my representative to oppose Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Congress needs time to debate and amend trade agreements that affect all of us. Fast Tracking the TPP is undemocratic, and I expect my lawmakers to oppose it. I'll be watching this issue closely in 2014.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement is a twelve-nation pact that, if approved, would set rules governing approximately 40% of the global economy — with a built-in mechanism for additional countries to join over time. It covers some 29 separate chapters, handcuffing communities' ability to make decisions on everything from financial services and intellectual property to the environment and food safety. The TPP would have profound implications for the economy, environment and public health worldwide — yet it's being developed behind-closed doors.
The TPP is a sneak attack on democracy:
The TPP has been negotiated in secret. Six years into the negotiations, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative still refuses to tell the public what they're proposing for the TPP in our names. Meanwhile, they have granted hundreds of corporate lobbyists — representing companies like Walmart and Chevron and Cargill — special access to the texts and to negotiators. What we know about this secretive pact comes, not from our own government, but from a handful of leaked documents and from one-on-one conversations with negotiators from other countries. Corporate lobbyists now want to rush the TPP through Congress using "Fast Track"Fast Track is a Nixon-era procedure that would allow the TPP to circumvent ordinary Congressional review, amendment and debate procedures. Fast Track takes control over trade agreements away from the public and our elected officials, and puts it further into the hands of trade bureaucrats and their corporate advisors. Fast Track rightfully expired in 2007, and would need to be raised from the dead by Congress in order to apply to the TPP and other trade agreements. They're even threatening to sneak in a vote for Fast Track during the Lame Duck session.
As if pushing Fast Track for a secretive pact weren't bad enough, the corporations behind the TPP are now hoping to sneak the Fast Track vote into the Lame Duck session — after the elections, when political accountability is at its lowest. The good news is that we've stopped Fast Track before and we can do it again. If we all speak out loudly enough, we can derail Fast Track this November and into the future.
The November 8 - 14 Week of Action against Fast Track comes as President Obama and other heads of state visit Asia to discuss the TPP, and right as the Lame Duck session of Congress begins to get underway. It's a time of year when a lot of people take a break after the elections, and start getting ready for the holidays. We need your help remaining vigilant so that Fast Track does not sneak through then or ever.
ORGANIZATIONS ARE NEEDED TO:
* Help organize and promote anti-Fast Track rallies during the week of action.
INDIVIDUALS ARE NEEDED TO:
* Contact Congress early and often expressing your opposition to Fast Track.
* Write a Letter to the Editor calling on Congress to oppose Fast Track for the TPP.
* Help organize or attend an anti-Fast Track event in your community.For more information, please write
In a word, everyone. Democrats, Republicans, tech companies, unions, libertarians, environmentalists, and Internet freedom advocates all oppose Fast Tracking the TPP. It's common sense: decisions that affect everyone shouldn't be made in secret without public input.
Below are blog posts and articles from many organizations who are rallying against Fast Track for the TPP. Read up, share, and get all the facts about what the Trans-Pacific Partnership means for you.