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Tell President Obama We Need Transparency for the TPP

Tell President Obama We Need Transparency for the TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a “free trade” agreement now under negotiation by eleven countries, including the United States, along the Pacific Rim.  Negotiations have been largely secret, but based on the experience of similar agreements such as NAFTA as well as several leaked drafts obtained by advocates of social and economic justice there is reason to be concerned. The TPP undermines access to medicine by protecting big pharmaceutical companies, empowers corporations to sue governments that are protecting their citizens from environmental and health risks, restricts internet innovation and increases the surveillance of online interactions, undermines indigenous rights and human rights, prioritizes large-scale corporate agriculture including use of GMOs and antibiotics over sustainable local farming, and ultimately creates a race to the bottom on working conditions, environmental standards and public regulations. Of particular interest to those advocating for fair trade and sustainable agriculture, the agreement is likely to allow for “dumping” of agricultural products grown on commodity market, driving family-scale farmers off land globally and drive jobs to low-wage countries where workers’ rights and safety are not protected.

Right now should be the time for a robust public debate about how such a trade agreement can best serve the needs of all people affected by it. Instead, it is being negotiated in secret, with input by a select list of “advisors” who all represent corporate interests. We need a fair trade agreement and the first step to that is transparent negotiations. Please let President Obama know that you demand a fair and transparent negotiation, rather than the current “Fast Track” negotiation which would allow the President to sign the agreement with no congressional or public input.