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Fast Track legislation passed in the Senate and House committees this week. We must take urgent action to stop the vote!

 

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On Wednesday night, fast track legislation was passed in the Senate Finance Committee with only Senators Schumer, Stabenow, Menendez, Brown, Casey and Burr opposing it.


On Thursday, after ten hours of debate, fast track passed in the House Ways and Means committee with 25 votes.


The fast track bill that passed was amended to be even worse than we anticipated. Click here for more information on it.


Next, fast track heads to the floor of the House where all of the representatives will vote on it. We must stop fast track from passing there! That's why it's time to stop the vote!


Please share these memes on your Facebook page by clicking on them to encourage everyone to call Congress today and every day until we are certain that fast track is dead.



 



This is a critical period to Stop Fast Track and we all need to do everything we can to keep the pressure on members of Congress.


Here are some things to do!

 

1. Call and email your representatives to demand that they vote against Fast Track. Use the call in tool at StopFastTrack.com.

 

2. Visit your representative's office and deliver the message in person. This can be done with a meeting or a protest at their office. Here are some tips!

 

3. Organize other actions in your area and put them on the action mapClick here for ideas and resources. Publicize these actions to drive calls. 

 

4. Join the National Fast Track Resistance Weekly Calls

 

5. Join the Rapid Response Team to take action in Washington D.C. Email Mackenzie@PopularResistance.org

 

6. Share this information widely!

 

For more action ideas and resources visit: FlushtheTPP Tools Page. To find actions in your area or to put your action on our map visit FlushtheTPP action map


Please consider making a donation to support our work. Click here to donate. 


With thanks for all you do,

The Flush the TPP Team


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Bits and pieces of every bad Internet policy we’ve ever defeated are being rolled into one massive, secret deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- and last week, legislators introduced a bill to Fast Track its negotiations. 


Help us flood Congress with calls and emails this Thursday demanding they oppose the TPP.

Dear Fight for the Future member,

If you’re not quite sure yet why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is so bad, read on below.  

If you already understand that it’s one of the gravest threats to the Internet we’ve faced, click here, join the Internet Vote, and help us make sure Congress gets flooded with calls and emails on Thursday demanding they oppose the TPP.

I want to apologize in advance for how long the rest of this email is -- it’s just that when it comes to the TPP, there’s no shortage of reasons we need to stop it.

The biggest problem with the Trans-Pacific Partnership is that there’s absolutely no public oversight. The only way we know what’s in the TPP right now is from leaks of specific chapters -- and if Fast Track passes, not only won’t we get more details about the TPP, Congress will have to give a single thumbs up or down to the entire thing.

That means we won’t be able to push for specific items to be removed from the deal -- we’ll be stuck with the whole thing, so as of right now the Trans-Pacific Partnership will do all of the following:

  • Force sites to remove allegedly infringing content from the web without a court order - scarily similar to SOPA.
  • Create harsh criminal penalties for journalists and whistleblowers. Any disclosure of information with "commercial value" would be criminalized -- and there would be absolutely no public interest of free speech exemption.
  • Punish Internet users who share copyrighted material, even without any personal gain. Here's the proposed punishment from the leaked text: "sentences of imprisonment as well as monetary fines sufficiently high to provide a deterrent to future acts of infringement." Again, that's potential prison time for sharing something without any personal gain.
  • Limit Fair Use to make copyright even more restrictive on creative innovation. Last week, WikiLeaks revealed a series of emails surrounding the TPP where the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) explicitly argued against including any fair use provisions. And it looks pretty clear that if the TPP passes, they'll have their way. That means remixes, sampling, and quoting of copyrighted material could become illegal outside the US.
  • Allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government if they think that our laws infringe on their profits. This is, quite simply, the most devastating part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It opens the door to undermining every good law we've ever passed to protect the Internet -- the only thing corporations have to do is prove they could make more money if those laws didn't exist.

In short, the TPP isn’t just bad — it’s zombie bad. It has parts of every misguided Internet policy we’ve killed over the last decade trying to become law by completely bypassing every part of our democratic process.

That’s why we’re calling Thursday the Internet Vote -- because putting a secret deal like the Trans-Pacific Partnership on a Fast Track is absurdly undemocratic. There’s no public oversight, and to us, that’s just not okay. The Internet Vote is the opposite of that -- a day to remind lawmakers that transparency and openness are how politics are supposed to work.

Click here to join the Internet Vote. Together, let’s use the power of the Web to demand transparency and give people everywhere a voice against censorship.

Here are a few ways you can help beyond signing up:

Thanks for standing up for an open Internet,

Fight for the Future



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Emerson,


Fast Track.


It might sound forceful and effective.


But it’s really a devious and disastrous maneuver that lets a president cut the public and Congress out of policymaking while sacrificing critical public interest protections through closed-door negotiations with foreign governments.


Maybe it’s enough to tell you that Richard Nixon cooked it up.


Or that it’s how we got the utter failure known as NAFTA.


Well, a bill was introduced TODAY to revive Nixon’s Fast Track scheme in order to force through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP — a 12-nation pact spanning four continents that has been aptly described as NAFTA on steroids.


Tell your members of Congress to vote “No!” on Fast Track before it’s too late.


Fast Track is a relic of the 1970s.


It wasn’t even a good idea then, when trade negotiations were mostly about quotas and tariffs. Besides cutting us out, it gave a special insider role to more than 500 official U.S. trade advisors representing corporate interests.


And now, “trade” agreements like the TPP are vastly more wide-ranging — with a thousand pages of retrograde rules that have nothing to do with trade. We would be required to change our federal, state and local policies to meet their terms, or face trade sanctions.


Fast Track would freeze out our elected representatives, at both the federal and state level, and deliver a Big Business wish list of rollbacks and deregulation, as well as new privileges that would offshore even more of our jobs.


Here’s just some of what’s threatened by Fast Track and the TPP: food safety, access to medicines, financial protections, Internet freedom, clean energy, consumer safeguards, environmental laws, buy-local policies, and on and on and on.


Past Fast Tracked “trade” agreements have a devastating record, including two decades of extensive job-killing trade deficits, the loss of five million manufacturing jobs, downward pressure on wages, attacks on environmental and health laws, and floods of unsafe imported food.

We must chart a new course.


Email your representative and senators right now. Tell them that Fast Track is the wrong track.


The TPP is a far-reaching ploy to establish global rules that would disempower We the People for the benefit of giant, multinational corporations.


It would even give corporations special rights to sue governments in foreign tribunals to demand taxpayer compensation over public interest policies they claim cut into their profits. Recently, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a fiery opponent of Fast Track, took to the Senate floor to spotlight this dangerous kind of corporate super-personhood.


To protect the values we care about, we must stop the TPP.

It’s as simple as that.

And the key to stopping the TPP is stopping Fast Track.


Make sure your members of Congress vote “No!” on the Fast Track bill.


If the TPP had to stand up to public scrutiny and normal congressional oversight, it would not survive.


It’s up to each and every one of us to make sure our members of Congress know we’re counting on them NOT to Fast Track damaging deals like the TPP.


Thank you for taking action against Fast Track today.


Onward,


Robert Weissman

President, Public Citizen

 

"To each his own and dont flee from problems, the problems of a country can be fixed. Dont leave them because you can. Stand and fix them."
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TheCrossoverer89 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
thecrossoverer89.deviantart.co… a new sculptor design, Fulgrael The Pious
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Emilion-3 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome.
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amberchrome Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the watch!
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Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome. You planning on doing anything for Wild Wendy?
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amberchrome Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the faves
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Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome. Would not mind living on Villanova myself. Have a fighter jet for a friend or a little helicopter.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Hi Emerson! Sorry for saying this terribly late but thank you so much for the watch! Glad you like my art and I hope that my future works won't disappoint :)
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Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
No worries.
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TheCrossoverer89 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
also perhaps the messenger be the angel gabriel? the guy who made the sculptors has made a few angel designs before, Gabriel being one of them atmaflare.deviantart.com/art/G…
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Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Very interesting style my friend.
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