Forum: What Does The Trans-Pacific Partnership Mean For All Of Us?

Sat. May 17: 11 AM-3 PM

Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 7420 4th Avenue, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

For more information: http://tradejustice.net/517bay

Moderated by Jamie Kemmerer of MoveOn

With
Adam Weissman, TradeJustice New York Metro

a Representative of the Communication Workers of America

Dave Doll, Peace Action Bay Ridge Environmental Comm.

Lunch Break

Mary Martinez on Public Health, Environmental Specialist, Montefiore Lead Clinic

Robyn Hederman on Animal Cruelty & Food Safety, Animal Law Committee

Rev. Robert Emerick on economic effects, Author of Soul Affirmation

Lunch provided at no cost

Screening of Priceless:  A look at how special interest money shapes policy in our country, and what can be done to put the power back in the hands of voters.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP):
Job Loss, Lower Wages, Higher Drug Prices
IS THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP UNPATRIOTIC?

Have you heard? The TPP is a massive, controversial “free trade” agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United States and 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

In one fell swoop, this secretive deal could:

– jack up the cost of medicines,

– expose the U.S. to unsafe food and products, and empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards.

– offshore millions of American jobs, roll back Wall Street reforms, sneak in SOPA-like threats to Internet freedom, ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs

Although it is called a “free trade” agreement, the TPP is not mainly about trade. Of TPP’s 29 draft chapters, only five deal with traditional trade issues. One chapter would provide incentives to offshore jobs to low-wage countries. Many would impose limits on government policies that we rely on in our daily lives for safe food, a clean environment, and more. Our domestic federal, state and local policies would be required to comply with TPP rules.

The TPP would even elevate individual foreign firms to equal status with sovereign nations, empowering them to privately enforce new rights and privileges, provided by the pact, by dragging governments to foreign tribunals to demand taxpayer compensation over policies that they claim undermine their expected future profits.