Trans-Pacific Partnership Organizing

Written by Jane Slaughter
Posted here by Art Myatt
Insertion in italics by Art Myatt

Dear Labor for Bernie supporter,

One of the main issues in Bernie’s campaign was to oppose the TPP—the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It’s even worse than NAFTA. TPP would give corporations in the 12 member countries (Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Singapore, etc.) the right to sue the U.S. government any time a law or regulation interfered with its “right” to make a profit.

Here’s an example: Already under NAFTA the Canadian company Enbridge is suing because President Obama turned down the XL pipeline, and poor Enbridge lost its hoped-for future profits. The TPP gives new tools to corporations to attack any controls on them that we have fought for and won over the last century. Why would we be for such a law?

Bernie Sanders said, “The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and the foundations of American democracy. It will also negatively impact some of the poorest people in the world.”

President Obama has begun the process to try to get TPP through Congress after the election in November. (He knows lots of Congress members don’t want to go on record for it before the voters go to the polls.)

You were [might have been] at the Royal Oak Library August 9 when we heard how far the top leaders of the Democratic Convention would go to get their way. They will try it again with the TPP—hoping to slip it through in the lame-duck session. Obama knows he doesn’t yet have the votes.

There is a big movement against TPP, including lots of politicians. It is possible to stop it. We will be getting the word out by handing out info cards (attached download card front / download card back) at the Labor Day parade, sending speakers to union meetings and community meetings, and holding a community forum on September 13. Can you join us? Forward the card, post it anywhere.

If you want to leaflet against the TPP on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, call Wendy Thompson at 313-215-7672. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the southeast corner of Michigan and Trumbull (St. Peter’s church). We’ll have signs that say “No TPP”—or bring your own.

The forum will be 6:00-7:30 pm, Tuesday, September 13, at the Detroit Public Library Main Branch, 5201 Woodward, Explorers Room. Free parking in the library lot just south of the library, on Putnam. Ian Robinson, head of the Washtenaw Area Labor Federation (AFL-CIO) will fill us in on what TPP is and how to stop it.

See you on Labor Day!
Jane Slaughter
Labor for Bernie

P.S. If you would like a speaker on TPP to come to a meeting of your organization, call me at 313-318-1171.

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