This is a campaign to Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
THE PROBLEM: Free Trade Agreements in the style of NAFTA maintain andstrengthen the hegemony of the global North over the global South. Negotiatedbehind closed doors without the input of affected communities, theseagreements have had devastating effects on the environment and human andanimal lives in the countries that have entered into them. While multinational corporations get richer, family farmers are displaced; communities areimpoverished; access to generic medications is denied; inhumane, unsanitary,polluting factory farms expand; public services are privatized; forcedimmigration increases; food safety standards are lowered; and labor andenvironmental laws are undermined by investor-state provisions.
OUR MISSION: Our aim is to prevent the passage of these agreements, instigatethe repeal of NAFTA-style agreements that have already passed, createdialogues among diverse communities in New York City and throughout the worldon alternatives to the NAFTA model, and to reclaim popular control over thedecision-making process on international trade policy.
OUR STRATEGY: By raising awareness of the threat posed by these agreementsthrough community forums, street activism, media outreach, and other means,Tradejustice NY Metro intends to organize communities and concernedindividuals to pressure elected officials to vote against trade agreementsthat compromise the public interest in service to corporate campaigncontributors and the neoliberal/ free trade economic agenda. Through lobbyingand accountability campaigns we will demonstrate to elected officials thedepth and breadth of public opposition to the NAFTA model, ensuring thatelected officials fully understand the humanitarian, economic, and ecologicalcosts of free trade agreements. With accountability campaigns, we will keepthe public informed on how their elected officials vote on key tradelegislation, while making elected officials aware of the political cost ofsupporting these devastating policies over the objections of an informedelectorate. Through corporate campaigns we will target the interests whoseagendas are really served by free trade agreements-- the oil companies,multinational banks, agribusiness interests, pharmaceutical firms, andextractive industries who stand to reap billions off ecological ruin and vastsuffering. By targeting their public images and economic links, we wil lpressure them to drop their support for NAFTA-style trade agreements.