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To: Members of Congress
The Greek people got to vote. Why shouldn't we?
The Greek people got to vote on whether to submit to the demands of European bankers for greater austerity and social insecurity.
The American people should also get to vote on trade agreements that subordinate our jobs, living standard and democratic rights to the interests of Wall St. speculators, billionaire financiers and multinational corporations. If you agree, sign on.
Why is this important?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement dictated by the corporate and wealthy interests who will reap its rewards. If adopted, the majority of Americans will be the losers.
They’re using negotiations that they have branded as “trade talks” to impose many non-trade policies that could lower our standard of living, export our jobs and undermine our rights.
TPP is being negotiated in secret. Corporations are at the table. The American people are not.
Congress won't even know what it is voting on until all the negotiations are over. Congress' decision to give the president Fast Track authority means TPP can't be modified or amended to protect the American people. If you like NAFTA, you'll love TPP!
Requirements like “renewable/recycled” or “sweat free” and obligations for firms to meet basic health, safety, minimum and prevaling wage, child labor, human rights and other standards could be challenged, even on work for the government paid for with our tax dollars.
Corporations will be able to sue our government for unlimited compensation if they believe labor, environment, food safety or other standards affected their "expected future profits".
More American workers will lose their jobs and incomes as companies export our jobs to wherever they can pay the lowest wages with the fewest restrictions, including places with child labor and modern forms of slavery.
Shouldn't the American people get to vote whether we are subjected to this corporate power grab dressed up as a trade agreement? Shouldn't we have at least as much democracy as the Greek people in deciding our fate?
How it will be delivered
Electronic or hand delivery to members of Congress.