On February 4, 2016, as part of the Nationwide Day of Actions to protest the TPP, we rallied at the Auraria Campus and used a bullhorn to call students to action. We got two students to join us. Then we marched next to a busy street with our signs and handed out flyers to interested pedestrians.
It was fun!
Here is the petition for you to sign if you haven’t already done so: http://www.thepetitionsite.
First of all, we need to call President Obama at at 202 456-1414 NOW before he signs the agreement (Feb. 3)
Also make sure you call senators Bennet and Gardner and Rep. DeGette at the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 before Feb. 12 to tell them to oppose the TPP. Here are some talking points you can use:
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) betrays human health, the environment, and democratic principles by promising to curtail environmental laws while promoting the increased production and export of dangerous, toxic, climate-disruptive fossil fuels. This betrayal would be global and devastating. There will be far less support for truly clean sustainable energy sources, which is why environmental groups call it an act of “climate denial.”
- TPP would roll back Wall Street reforms, destabilize the stock market, allow the banks to foreclosures on our homes, impoverish millions and make economic recovery impossible. It would worsen the great wealth disparity that is destroying our democracy
- The TPP would betray working families by ending all workers’ rights, destroying the unions, offshoring more jobs and pushing down our wages. Since NAFTA, millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost, our trade deficit has grown frighteningly, and we have become dependent on foreign goods and draining money from the country.
- TPP would betray ALL Americans by taking our justice system away from us and putting it into the hands of corporations and foreign governments. It would require us to set up a regulatory council that would be unaccountable to our legislators and would override local and state laws that protect communities, their residents and the local environment.
- TPP would extend monopoly rights for Big Pharma, putting lifesaving drugs out of reach for many, leading to preventable deaths and would giving pharmaceutical companies greater opportunities to influence government drug coverage and reimbursement decisions.
- TPP would sneak in SOPA-like threats to Internet freedom and allow continued spying on our internet and telephone communications.
- TPP betrays families by exposing the U.S. to unsafe food and products. It would weaken food safety regulations and forbid country of origin and GMO labeling of our food products.
- TPP would make our immigration problems worse. NAFTA has led to greatly increased poverty in Mexico, which has caused the huge increase in immigration and has led to deportations, mass incarceration, and human rights violations.
- Worst of all, the TPP would allow corporations to sue us for having laws and regulations that limit their future perceived profits with no legal recourse. The $15 billion lawsuit that TransCanada is pursuing for cancellation of a portion of the Keystone pipeline would be just the beginning.
- TPP is a ‘living document,’ which is unique. Not only can new countries join it, but the Trade Commission can change the provisions after it has been agreed to. With the ISDS provisions already being beyond our national control, we would be subject to any changes the corporations chose to make.
Thank you all for your action. We must defeat the TPP to save our nation and the planet.
Join us on Feb. 12 at 4:30 at Senator Bennet’s office at 1127 Sherman Street for a rally and a march to Senator Gardner’s office at 1125 17th St. We will present our petition signatures to them both along with letters from People Demanding Action about their obligation to represent us and a letter signed by over 1500 organizations opposing the TPP. We will then visit Rep. Diana DeGette’s office at noon on Feb.17 at noon along with our colleagues at Food and Water Watch and 350.org who have their own petitions to present.
Contact: Laura [email protected]