As we speak, trade ministers are gathered in Atlanta Georgia, trying to work out a final TPP agreement.
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Corporate Greed Resisters!
First they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they fight you,
then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi.
This famous statement by Gandhi depicts the struggle between oppressed peoples fighting for liberation and their oppressors, vehemently working to uphold the status quo. Victory comes not because the oppressor suddenly has a moral epiphany, but because they are forced down by a growing movement. This is what happened yesterday when Shell announced that it will be abandoning its plans for arctic drilling. No one would have thought this was possible two weeks ago!
We are in a similar fight against massive corporate "trade" deals like the TransPacific Partnership (TPP), TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). In the TPP fight, we were ignored by politicians and the corporate media for years. We kept building the movement and when they could no longer avoid us, they started to mock us, making ludicrous assertions about past "free" trade deals and the TPP which we easily refuted. Now, they are fighting tooth and nail against us, just to keep these deals alive.
The balance of power may be tilting our way. For instance, two weeks ago, Uruguay dropped out of the TiSA, paving the way for others to do so and in Europe, multiple governments are considering an "outright termination of [TTIP] negotiations."
Of these three secret deals, the one closest to completion is the TPP. As we speak, trade ministers are gathered in Atlanta Georgia, trying to work out a final agreement. Obama wants this real bad, but, similar to the TiSA and TTIP, there seems to be growing weakness in the negotiations.
In Canada, the TPP is finally becoming an election issue (elections on October 19). Harper's corporatist government is really pushing the TPP in Atlanta while the two main opposition parties are speaking out. In Japan (and the US) there have been protests in the streets and in parliament against new war laws closely related to the TPP. In almost every TPP country there are serious concerns.
Atlanta Negotiations and Protest!
Negotiations began yesterday with two ministers saying they would not even show up, making it near impossible to complete the deal in Atlanta. Earlier today US Trade Rep Michael Froman hinted that the deal might not move forward in these talks due to the many outstanding issues. (Read more on negotiations from Public Citizen, USTR, and Sander Levin).
Outside of the negotiations protests are being planned for Thursday in Atlanta. If you are in the area please consider joining. Elsewhere, protest has already begun. In Canada, farmers took their tractors and cows to the streets! In New Zealand a new court case challenges the secrecy of TPP.
We won't know the outcome of these negotiations for a few more days, but whatever happens in Atlanta, the TPP sits on shaky ground. If negotiators somehow pull together a final TPP draft, the earliest it could go to US Congress would be February 2016, right in the middle of primary season when no one will want to touch such horrible legislation. With Boehner booted from the House for passing Fast Track, passing TPP next year would be especially difficult.
On the other hand, if TPP is not completed in Atlanta, the deal really could be close to complete collapse. Either way, there is some very serious fragility around the TPP that we need to take advantage of to bury the deal once and for all!
That is why the November 14-18 mass actions this fall are so important! We have them on the ropes. Now is the time for the final knockout punch, not backing down! November could be an historic moment so don't miss out!
There are many ways to get involved! First, sign this petition to USTR!!!!
It's time to break free!
After years of secret negotiations, U.S. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) officials have decided to appoint a “Chief Transparency Officer.” 1
So who did they pick? One of their own lawyers, Tim Reif. Not exactly encouraging.
This appointment is years late, but with the TPP stalled and public pressure mounting, they’ll try anything to take the bad look off of their secret negotiations. But the latest leaked texts still show that TPP provisions will grievously hurt the Internet and our right to free expression.2
We need to respond ASAP with a new round of pressure to show Mr. Reif we won’t accept phony gestures and to keep the heat on our leaders. Can you chip in $20 to fund a rapid-response transparency campaign before the next TPP round starts?
Lawmakers (who are forbidden from telling us what’s in the TPP) have already criticized this appointment, with one Congressman from Texas saying "If it desired, USTR could grant greater access immediately, without fancy titles." 3
We couldn’t agree more. So let’s prepare a big shiny welcome package for Mr. Reif, courtesy of the Internet.
If you can donate now, we’ll be able to amplify your voices for the text, the whole text, and nothing but the text of this secret deal before negotiators and their cronies meet again at the end of September. 4
We still need your help to shine a light on TPP secrecy and sink its Internet censorship. We’ve beaten things like this before, but it only works when we act together swiftly. Can we count you in, Emerson?
For the Internet,
Meghan, on behalf of your OpenMedia team
P.S. TPP officials have a nasty habit of always saying that a final deal is just around the corner. The fact they’ve had to put a brave face on for so long shows our pressure is working. Support us todayto keep leaders’ feet to the fire.
 Trade agency names chief transparency officer. Source: The Hill
 Why Does The TPP Repeatedly Require Stronger Copyright, But When It Comes To Public Rights... Makes It Voluntary? Source: Techdirt
 Dem pans Obama's new trade liaison. Source: The Hill
 Final push for Pacific Rim pact set for end of September. Source: The Globe and Mail
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