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Last Chance to #StopFastTrack #TPP: #SenatorDontComeHome
WASHINGTON D.C. – Our last chance to stop Fast Track is this week.
Workers and activists around the world cheered when the first part of Fast Track authority failed in the House, but that defeat was quickly followed by passage of a new version of Fast Track. That version heads to the Senate this week for a series of votes on Tuesday and Wednesday. If Fast Track passes, it will be ready for the President’s signature in time for him to complete negotiations of the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) at the end of this month. Fast Track will be used to rush treaties like the TPP, TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) through Congress.
‘We the People’ have had enough of rigged-fake “trade” bills, (i.e. NAFTA, WTO) that destroy our economy and strip our sovereignty. In response to the Senate’s planned actions, groups such as grassroots Expose the TPP-USA, Flush the TPP, GMO Free-USA, Bee Against Monsanto, Babes Against Biotech, March Against Monsanto, Citizens Protecting Wyoming, Occupy and thousands of activists are launching the Last Chance to Stop the TPP.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a massive “free trade” deal written in secret by 600 corporate advisors from one dozen countries, including the United States. Senators Sanders (VT-I), Warren (MA-D) and Sessions (AL-R) can be seen on youtube.com railing against the TPP which would give multinational corporations nation-like status, allowing them to manipulate US domestic policies to then require the USA’s compliance with “their” rules.
Even worse, Wikileaked documents show that only 5 of the TPP’s 29 draft chapters are about trade. The rest of the 2000+ page agreement sets rules on our internet freedom, medicine costs, financial regulation, and nearly every aspect of our daily lives. The public would not see the text for four years if Fast Track is allowed.
This week, some Senators are bent on rushing passage of Fast Track (aka: Trade Promotion Authority or TPA). TPA would allow the TPP to be rammed into law. TPA ignores procedural safeguards and subjects the 99% to international corporate law. As a Wikileaked TPP chapter reveals, a corporation would be able to sue (not in US courts, but in private corporate tribunals, on foreign soil… our cities/counties/states/nation) for future profit losses for any law they deem a “trade barrier,” leaving US tax payers to pay out millions/trillions of dollars.
One thing is clear: With Fast Track-TPA, the Obama administration will betray the 99% and ram the TPP through Congress. As Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz made clear on Thursday (via The Hill):
“But if your question is, does the president want both at his desk, the answer to that is yes…”
This is our last chance to stop the TPP’s Fast Track authority: Call your Senators, and tell them a vote for Fast Track is a vote against American workers and economy. If we fail to stop Fast Track, not only will we face a hellacious fight to stop the TPP, but the Atlantic “trade” version (TTIP), and worse yet, TISA (Trade in Services Agreement), plus any other deals made behind closed doors for the next 6 years.
All hands on deck! Call your Senators; join the #SenatorDontComeHome twitter storm Monday at 1:00pm ET. It is up to us to save our nation. The time is NOW to fight back with the actions listed below and any of your own. This is our last chance to save our sovereignty, our economy, our country and any hope for a positive existence for future generations. The 99%’s message to all Senators: #StopFastTrack or #SenatorDontComeHome.
ACTIONS TO FIGHT FAST TRACK
FULL LIST OF ACTIONS:
EMERGENCY CONFERENCE CALL
Every day until the vote! 9pm ET/ 8pm CT/ 7pm MT/6pm PT
PHONE NUMBER: 605.562.3140
CODE: 21 65 96
1) SPEAKERS: Updates from National Activists including: Dr. Margaret Flowers (Flush the TPP/ Popular Resistance)
2) CALL TO ACTION: Now and all week.
a) NOW: Call/Tweet/Email Senate
b) MONDAY – Twitter Storm – 1pm ET/12pm CT/11am MT/10am PT
c) MON/TUE: Rally!! Washington, DC and District Offices of your Senators (or be on the streets/pass out flyers if not)
LINK TO D.C. RALLY: tiny.cc/LastChanceDC
OTHER RALLIES: tiny.cc/NationwideActions
3) YOUR IDEAS:
Bring your ideas for how to help pressure the “Tough Ones” (Senators) around the USA who already voted “for”
Fast Track the last go around.
(Please scroll down for more details.)
1) Flush the TPP Tools: http://www.flushthetpp.org/tools/
*** Includes Phone #’s & Twitter Handles of Dems Who Voted for TPA ***
These are the 14 democrats who we need to target…
Michael Bennet (D-CO) … 202-224-5852
Ben Cardin (D-MD) … 202-224-4524
Maria Cantwell (D-WA) … 202-224-3441
Tom Carper (D-DE) … 202-224-2441
Chris Coons (D-DE) … 202-224-5042
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) … 202-224-3841
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) … 202-224-2043
Tim Kaine (D-VA) … 202-224-4024
Claire McCaskill (D-MO) … 202-224-6154
Patty Murray (D-WA) … 202-224-2621
Bill Nelson (D-FL) … 202-224-5274
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) … 202-224-2841
Mark Warner (D-VA) … 202-224-2023
Ron Wyden (D-OR) … 202-224-5244
2) Call Tools: StopFastTrack.com & 888-804-8311
3) Tweet: http://tinyurl.com/NoFastTrackTweets
4) Find your 2 Senators: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
>>> CALL OBAMA: 202-456-1414 <<<
#StopFastTrack 4 TPP, TTIP, TISA
HOW ALL SENATORS VOTED MAY 22 ON TPA/TAA: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/114-2015/s193