Obama, Pelosi And Reid Greeted By Anti-TPP Protesters In LA

Obama, Pelosi And Reid Greeted By Anti-TPP Protesters In LA

Above: About 250 people greeted President Obama, Senator Reid and Representative Pelosi with protests against the TPP at a high donor fundraiser in Los Angeles.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (#TPP), a global trade agreement being secretly negotiated by the US Trade Representative with 600 transnational corporations and industry trade groups, will affect nearly every aspect of Americans’ lives. If passed, it will undermine state, local and federal laws, including those governing food safety, environmental protection, internet freedom, worker rights, democratic sovereignty, healthcare and drug prices, and banking and finance regulation.

In short, it will be a disaster for public health and safety, future sustainability of the world’s food supply and basic democratic principles.

When asked why it was being negotiated in secret, Ron Kirk, the former US trade negotiator said, “Because if the people knew what was in it, it would never be passed.” It’s bad enough that Congress and the public have been shut out of these negotiations, while corporations are running the show. But even worse, the Obama Administration wants to ram the TPP through Congress using a Nixon-era process called Fast Track.

On November 25th, Barack Obama came to Beverly Hills for a high dollar fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees at the Beverly Park homes of former basketball star Magic Johnson and billionaire media mogul Haim Saban. Tickets started at $2500 a person for the reception and $16,200 a person for the dinner.

250 protesters were there to greet Obama and tell him to flush the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Below is how the day and night went in pictures.

To join the campaign to stop the TPP and fast track visit www.FlushTheTPP.org.

Photo Gallery: The Democrats held a high dollar fundraiser in Beverly Hills on November 25th that was attended by the three Democratic leaders: President Obama, Senator Reid and Representative Pelosi — along with 250 people outside protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The photographers for the photo essay below are: Barry Levine, Guero Cerdo, Jessica Niederbruning, D’Marie Mulattieri, JB Wagoner, Ina Martinez, Niloo Khodadadeh, Mike Chamness, Rachael Sullivan , Sheila Burnham, Esperanza Ramirez, Justice Served and Matthew Leddy. To see the full gallery, click here.

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Michael Novick and Lauren Steiner leading the group in anti-TPP songs while people were arriving.

Michael Novick and Lauren Steiner leading the group in anti-TPP songs while people were arriving.

Singing anti-TPP songs to the tunes of "I've Been Working on the Railroad" and "My Darling Clementine."

Singing anti-TPP songs to the tunes of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” and “My Darling Clementine.”

Michael Howell with his dad, Ronald Howell make a sign. Michael later spoke on why he was there.

Michael Howell with his dad, Ronald Howell make a sign. Michael later spoke on why he was there.

Erecting the great banners that we got from FlushTheTPP.org in Baltimore, via Salt Lake City. These banners have already gotten a lot of use.

Erecting the great banners that we got from FlushTheTPP.org in Baltimore, via Salt Lake City. These banners have already gotten a lot of use.

Niloo Veggiloo led the group around the park chanting while we waited for all the speakers to show-up.

Niloo Veggiloo led the group around the park chanting while we waited for all the speakers to show-up.

The second banner was stationed on the corner of Sunset and Benedict Canyon for all the Westbound traffic on Sunset to see.

The second banner was stationed on the corner of Sunset and Benedict Canyon for all the Westbound traffic on Sunset to see.

One of the many handmade signs.

One of the many handmade signs.

The great Stop Fast Track train that Vlad Popescu and his team spent two Saturday's building.

The great Stop Fast Track train that Vlad Popescu and his team spent two Saturday’s building.

A dad gets a shot with a reporter from KTLA who didn't interview a single soul about the protest even though she was stationed there for five hours! Don't think she left her van to even listen to the speeches, because she asked me afterwards what it was all about.

A dad gets a shot with a reporter from KTLA who didn’t interview a single soul about the protest even though she was stationed there for five hours! Don’t think she left her van to even listen to the speeches, because she asked me afterwards what it was all about.

A dad gets a shot with a reporter from KTLA who didn't interview a single soul about the protest even though she was stationed there for five hours! Don't think she left her van to even listen to the speeches, because she asked me afterwards what it was all about.

A dad gets a shot with a reporter from KTLA who didn’t interview a single soul about the protest even though she was stationed there for five hours! Don’t think she left her van to even listen to the speeches, because she asked me afterwards what it was all about.

As always RT did the best news story. Here, reporter, Ramon Galindo, interviews Maira Sutton from EFF.

As always RT did the best news story. Here, reporter, Ramon Galindo, interviews Maira Sutton from EFF.

 

Motorists pulled down their windows to ask about the TPP, needless to say many had never heard of the secretly negotiated agreement.

Motorists pulled down their windows to ask about the TPP, needless to say many had never heard of the secretly negotiated agreement.

Randy Paige from KCBS2/KCAL9 going live from the rally.

Randy Paige from KCBS2/KCAL9 going live from the rally.

Arnie Saiki an expert on the TPP made a wearable sign.

Arnie Saiki an expert on the TPP made a wearable sign.

This protester is also a great artist.

This protester is also a great artist.

We had many kids at the action.

We had many kids at the action.

The crowd listening to the speeches.

The crowd listening to the speeches.

Marchers leave the rally and head toward the fundraiser with Niloo Veggiloo leading the way.

Marchers leave the rally and head toward the fundraiser with Niloo Veggiloo leading the way.

The group ready to cross Sunset Blvd.

The group ready to cross Sunset Blvd.

The crowd crosses Sunset to march to the fundraiser.

The crowd crosses Sunset to march to the fundraiser.

The crowd is stoked.

The crowd is stoked.

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Can you tell she's fired up and ready to go?

Can you tell she’s fired up and ready to go?

The Los Angeles Overpass Light Brigade, in position on Tower Road, the road leading to the fundraiser.

The Los Angeles Overpass Light Brigade, in position on Tower Road, the road leading to the fundraiser.

Folks from Anonymous joined the action.

Folks from Anonymous joined the action.

TPP protesters flanked both sides of Benedict Canyon Drive and even got into the streets and handed flyers to drivers stuck in bumper to bumper traffic.

TPP protesters flanked both sides of Benedict Canyon Drive and even got into the streets and handed flyers to drivers stuck in bumper to bumper traffic.

The San Diego Overpass Light Brigade came up to join the action. They stayed around the corner of Summit Dr. and Benedict Canyon in case the motorcade cut-off before Tower Road.

The San Diego Overpass Light Brigade came up to join the action. They stayed around the corner of Summit Dr. and Benedict Canyon in case the motorcade cut-off before Tower Road.

Lauren Steiner, was trying to take a shortcut to take two late protesters up to the fundraiser when she came upon a barricade. Realizing that this was the way the motorcade was coming,Steiner, Matthew Leddy, Rocio Hernandez and Elizabeth Lerer quickly got the banner out of the trunk, unfurled it and within five minutes, Obama's motorcade passed by. They were screaming "Stop the TPP" at the top of their lungs. He definitely saw and heard them.

Lauren Steiner, was trying to take a shortcut to take two late protesters up to the fundraiser when she came upon a barricade. Realizing that this was the way the motorcade was coming,Steiner, Matthew Leddy, Rocio Hernandez and Elizabeth Lerer quickly got the banner out of the trunk, unfurled it and within five minutes, Obama’s motorcade passed by. They were screaming “Stop the TPP” at the top of their lungs. He definitely saw and heard them.

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