Newton protest targets TPP

Newton protest targets TPP

By Joe Carlson for the New Jersey Herald

NEWTON — A handful of protesters gathered on the Newton Green Tuesday to display their dismay over the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

President Barack Obama has said the proposed agreement with 11 other nations, including Canada and Mexico, would boost the economy, in part by eliminating more than 18,000 taxes tacked onto U.S. products sold internationally.

Protesters — armed with signs saying “Flush the TPP” and “TPP = Betrayal” — disagreed, saying the agreement would undermine sovereignty of United States, reduce the country’s standard of living and eliminate products from being produced in America, among other things.

According to information cards handed out by the group, “the TPP would allow corporations to challenge laws, regulations and court decisions (including local and state laws) if they adversely impact the corporations future profits.”

The card also states the TPP would undermine food safety protections, dismantle “Buy Local” and “Buy American” movements and inhibit access to life saving medications.

The group plans to be out on the green the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m.