Friday, January 16, 2015

Rapid Response To Stop Fast Track And The TPP

President Obama and the new Congress are moving to pass Fast Track legislation which will permit the President to sign secret trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before Congress sees them and restrict Congress from determining what impacts the TPP will have on our health, economy, communities and planet.

We know what previous trade agreements like NAFTA have done to outsource jobs and lower wages, block efforts to protect public health, expanded inequality and increase our deficit. The TPP is a whole new breed. We call it “NAFTA on steroids.” The reason the TPP has been negotiated in secret and is being pushed through Congress in this unconstitutional and undemocratic way is because it contains provisions that will give corporations even more power to determine our laws even down to the local level and remove our power to fight back.

Take Action to Stop Fast Track:

1. January 21 is a national call-in day to Congress. This is the day after the State of the Union where President Obama is expected to tell us that the TPP is good for us. We know it’s not, but your members of Congress need to hear from you. Visit www.StopFastTrack.com to email and call your legislators. Spread the word to others. We need to swamp Congress with tens of thousands of calls and emails.

2. Bring back TPP Tuesdays. On Tuesdays, do something to raise awareness in your community about Fast Track and the TPP. Hold signs up with a few friends or hand out TPP Occucards in a highly trafficked area, organize a teach-in, write a letter to the editor. Join the #TPPMediaMarch twitter storms at 9 pm Eastern.

3. Plan actions at your member of Congress’ local office during the Feb. 15 to 21 recess. If your member of Congress is not publicly condemning Fast Track, then you can assume that they either support it or are moveable. Plan a creative action at their office to show them that their constituents oppose Fast Track. You can dress up as movers and “outsource” them (see first video below), hold a “Billionaires for Fast Track” rally, make your own Fast Track train and stop it (see second video below), hold a funeral for our jobs, planet, sovereignty…. Be creative! Post your actions on the FlushtheTPP action map and share photos and videos with us afterwards.

**And if you live in the Washington, DC area or can travel there, join our Fast Track Rapid Response Team to mobilize quickly for actions when needed. Contact StopFastTrack@FlushtheTPP.org**

 

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