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No Back Room Deals for the 1% • The World Can't Afford a "NAFTA of the Pacific"

BRIEFING CALL: Call to Action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Wednesday, May 30 * 12:00pm Pacific / 1:00pm Mountain / 2:00pm Central / 3:00pm Eastern

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As trade negotiators from throughout the Pacific Rim met in a swank hotel outside Dallas earlier this month in an attempt to advance the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement, they were met with wave after wave of protest. Activists picketed the hotel; delivered tens of thousands of petitions; presented a "Corporate Power Tool" award; projected a message on the side of the building; held a mass march and rally; and more.

You're invited to a national activist briefing call on Wednesday, May 30 to hear from labor, environmental and Occupy organizers active in the Texas campaign about their successes — and to learn how you can help ratchet up the national campaign to drag the TPP out of the shadows.

The TPP is poised to become the largest free trade agreement ever. It includes some 26 separate chapters, likely to affect jobs, wages, agriculture, migration, the environment, access to medicine, consumer safety, banking regulations, indigenous rights, Internet freedom, government procurement and more. The U.S. Trade Representative has given an estimated 600 corporate lobbyists regular access to the negotiating texts, but has flat-out refused to tell the American public what he has been proposing in our names.

Please join this call to learn what steps you can take over the coming month to help prevent a massive new "NAFTA of the Pacific," and for information about the upcoming round of TPP negotiations taking place in San Diego from July 2 - 10. Call presenters include Becky Moeller (Texas AFL-CIO); Ilana Solomon (Sierra Club); and Dave Cortez (Occupy activist).

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What Is the TPP — and Why Does It Matter?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive, new international trade and investment pact currently being negotiated behind closed doors between the United States and countries throughout the Pacific Rim. Current negotiating countries include the United States, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, but the pact is also intended as a "docking agreement" that all Pacific Rim nations will join over time. Canada, Japan and Mexico are already pressing to do so, and South Korea, China and others have also expressed some interest.

Wall Street banks and other corporate interests are pushing for the TPP to:

Offshore good-paying jobs to low-wage nations and undercut working conditions globally
Create new tools for attacking environmental and consumer safety policies
Expand the deregulation of banks, hedge funds and insurance companies
Further concentrate global food supplies in the hands of fewer-and-fewer middlemen,displacing family farmers and subjecting consumers to wild food price fluctuations
Institute longer patents that restrict access to affordable, generic medications

Instead of being debated out in the open, the TPP has thus far been negotiated in the shadows. Approximately 600 corporate lobbyists have been given special “cleared advisor” status to review negotiating documents and advise negotiators. Meanwhile, the general public has been barred from even reviewing what U.S. negotiators have proposed in our names.

The thirteenth major round of TPP negotiations — perhaps one of the last — is taking place in San Diego from July 2 to 10 Please join us in dragging these negotiations into the light of day and ensuring that we aren’t saddled with a back-room deal that enriches the global 1% at the expense of the economy, the environment, family farms, public health and democracy itself.

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