OCV and Move-to-Amend Coachella Valley are both fighting to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement because it represents a global corporate takeover that would allow corporations to trump local, state, and federal governments, would nullify all of the critically important issues on which we are working, and is the best example of why we need a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate “personhood” and money as “speech.” If TPP passes, corporate interests would be empowered even further than they currently are to exploit and oppress people and the natural world.
According to Lori Wallach of Global Trade Watch in an interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy NOW! on October 18, 2013,
“ . . . one of the most important things to understand is [the TPP] is not . . .mainly about trade. I guess the way to think about it is as a corporate Trojan horse. The agreement has 29 chapters, and only five of them have to do with trade. The other 24 chapters either handcuff our domestic governments, limiting food safety, environmental standards, financial regulation, energy and climate policy, or establishing new powers for corporations.
For instance, there are the same investor privileges that promote job offshoring to lower-wage countries. There is a ban on Buy Local procurement, so that corporations have a right to do sourcing, basically taking our tax dollars, and instead of investing them in our local economy, sending them offshore. There are new rights to, for instance, have freedom to enter other countries and take natural resources, a right for mining, a right for oil, gas, without approval.
And then there’s a whole set of very worrisome issues relating to Internet freedom. Through . . . the backdoor of the copyright chapter of TPP is a whole chunk of SOPA, the Stop Online Privacy Act that activism around the country successfully derailed a year ago. . . And every country would be required to change its laws domestically to meet these rules. The binding provision is, each country shall ensure the conformity of domestic laws, regulations and procedures.”
Laws regulating food safety, financial institutions, protecting the environment, protecting workers’ rights would be rolled back and would be privately enforceable by foreign corporations who could trump our local, state, and federal laws and sue us, the taxpayers for lost profits.
The TPP is the best example why we MUST pass a constitutional amendment abolishing corporate “personhood” and money as “speech” because the TPP would enshrine global corporate rule, enabled by corrupt government run by the wealthy elite. If corporations were stripped of their bogus “personhood” status we could easily outlaw such global coup attempts as they would have no standing, could not buy officials or elections, could not pass laws that favor their interests over the interests of people and the earth, or litigate because their supposed “rights” had been infringed upon.
Learn more and help us fight its passage! NO ON FAST TRACK!!
- Public Citizen’s website for the TPP: http://www.citizen.org/TPP
- Citizens Trade Campaign: http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/trade-policies/tpp-potential-trade-policy-problems/
- Article by Cherie Faircloth in the West Orlando News: http://westorlandonews.com/2013/02/26/trans-pacific-partnership-secret-talks-continue/
- Office of the United StatesTrade Representative on the TPP: http://www.ustr.gov/tpp
Analysis of the TPP intellectual property chapter on access to medicines:
MSF/Doctors Without Borders’ Release and Memo on How the Trans-Pacific FTA Undermines Access to Medicines
Analysis of the updated TPP intellectual property chapter:
Public Citizen Memo “What’s New in the Wikileaks TPP Text?”
Analysis of the TPP investment chapter:
Outsourcing Xavier Becerra