Across the country and internationally people are rising up against a trio of corporate rigged “trade” treaties: the TransPacific Partnership (TPP), the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). Together these secret deals represent an enormous power grab by the world’s largest and most dangerous multinational corporations. They are written by corrupt trade ministers and hundreds of corporate lobbyists without public (or even US Congressional) input. They will impact every aspect of our lives (see issue-specific info below) and they must be stopped!
First on the agenda is stopping the TPP (which could potentially derail the other deals too). In October, 2015, after five years of secret talks, a final TPP deal was reached! Read analysis of the final text here. Before becoming law, however, it must pass through US Congress and the legislatures of all 12 TPP countries. This is no small task, especially with growing protests around the world. In the United States we have a choice to make: stay passive and let TPP slip through Congress under Fast Track OR rise to the historic occasion to challenge global corporate rule. We choose the latter and that is why we are planning the No Lame Duck Uprising to stop Congress from sneaking the TPP through during the lame duck session after the November election.
The Fast Track fight showed us how difficult it can be to defeat the power of money in Congress. So how do we win? Just like when we stopped the Free trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement and the Multi-lateral Agreement on investments (MAI), we need to educate, organize, and mobilize to build a new mass movement of movements against corporate globalization! That’s why the National Mobilization this November is so important! Contact [email protected] for more info and join the organizing calls to get involved! We hope this page will help you in your efforts!
Learn the basics:
Educate yourself and others. Here are some articles to learn about the basics of corporate “free trade” treaties like the TPP, TTIP, and TiSA. here too are tools for leafletting, teach-ins and more.
Restoring the Public Interest
Financial Market Reform: Strengthening Public Interest by Suleika Reiners
Congressional Research Service on trade and finance priorities for 115th Congress
Multilateral ISDS Resources
General articles on TPP:
Trans-Pacific Partnership-Corporate Coup d’Etat Against Us: by Jim Hightower
10 Tall Tales on Trade: Fact Checking Obama’s Top Trade Official: by Ben Beachy
Why People Oppose the TPP, TTIP, and TiSA: by Alliance for Democracy
Conservative critique of the TPP by Coalition for a Prosperous America: Coalition Prosperous America on TPP 12-1-15
Now that the TPP text has been released, here are analyses of the chapters:
Press releases and analyses
Pete Peterson Institute (analysis showing problems with this study)
The World Bank (US to see smallest increase in GDP)
Tufts University (data on lost jobs and wages and increased inequality)
Center for Economic Policy and Research (TPP hurts workers)
Economic Policy Institute study on state-by-state job loss in 2015 from trade with TPP countries
The US International Trade Commission Economic Impact Report and analyses:
Read the USITC Report here: US ITC Report TPP
Read the People’s Report (written before the US ITC report was released): The People’s Economic Impact Statement
AFL CIO Fact Sheet
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research, on US ITC Report: Click here.
Communications Workers of America: ITC Report Shows TPP Fails Workers
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy: US ITC Ignores Food Safety, Overstates Benefits for Farmers
R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America: USITC Report Predicts Exceedingly Small Benefits for U.S. Beef Packers While Failing to Address Impacts to the U.S. Cattle Supply Chain
Teamsters: New Projection in TPP Report Should be taken with a Grain of Salt
AFL CIO: ITC Report Shows TPP is Disastrous for Working Families
National Farmers Union: USITC Report Predicts Increase in Trade Deficit, Modest Gains Overall
Machinists Union: ITC Report Shows TPP’s Deep Flaws for Workers
General articles on TTIP and TiSA:
Newly Leaked TTIP Draft Reveals Assault on US/EU Democracy by Sarah Lazare
TISA Leaks Uncover the Largest Trade Deal in History by Wikileaks
For more articles see news.
For videos see below.
Click here for TPP OccuCards
NEW Quartersheet Flyer: TPP Qrtrsheet Flyer
NEW Flyer that connects many issues to trade (to order flyers, contact Mary Beth at [email protected], or print your own): ClimateJusticeWomenPeaceTrade
New flyer on TPP and US Postal Service: TPP Postal Service Flyer
See issue flyers below
Letter from 1500 Organizations (good handout for Congress members): TPPOppositionLetter_010716
Issue-specific handouts and info: This is about more than trade!
The Triple Treaty Threat of TPP, TTIP, TiSA will impact every aspect of our lives: they would take away environmental protections, offshore American jobs & decrease wages, remove food safety laws, curtail internet freedom, inhibit access to lifesaving medicine, spur further financial deregulation and more. TPP, TTIP, TiSA impact people of color, the poor, and oppressed communities most. These treaties would expand US empire, white-supremacy, and corporate capitalism. They would further privatize schools and prisons, allowing the ruling class to profit from the destruction of black and brown communities. They would increase human and sex trafficking, forced migration, and the ongoing genocide of indigenous peoples. All of this would be upheld by more repressive policing and military intervention. Here is some info on the wide-ranging impacts of the TPP, TTIP, TiSA (see videos below for more).
Corporate Power/Investor State Dispute Tribunals (ISDS):
One page flier on corporate power
MAP of multinational corporations that could use ISDS provisions
ISDS website: http://www.isdscorporateattacks.org/
Ralph Nader Article
History of Trade and Corporate Power
Video on ISDS
Analysis of ISDS in the TTIP: http://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/attachments/the_zombie_isds.pdf
Food safety, small farmers, and food justice:
Food Safety Flier: foodflyernationl
Food and Farming Factsheet
Farmer letter and handouts
Article on TPP and Food
Globalization and factory farms
Monsanto, the TPP, and Global Food Dominance article
Big Agriculture vs small farmers article
One page flier on food safety
Letter from Langdon: Farmers Pay the Cost of ‘Free’ Trade
Environment & Climate Justice
2 sided half sheet on Climate justice: PDF Version and Word Version
One page flier on environment
DelawareRiver Keeper Analysis
Sierra Club Trade website: http://www.sierraclub.org/trade
Sierra Club Report on Climate and Trade
TTIP would increase oil/gas export from US to EU
TPP, TTIP, TiSA increase fracking in the US
TTIP undermines UN Sustainable Development Goals
Global Justice for animals/environment page
Labor, workers rights, jobs, wages:
Resource page from the AFL CIO.
Infographic on lack of job creation
One page flier on off shoring American Jobs
One page flier on worker rights
New report on TPP from Tufts shows it hurts workers and the economy
Past FTAs increase trade deficit, offshore jobs, suppress wages
More info on TPP, jobs and wages
Report by Sen. Warren’s office on the impacts of trade agreements on labor rights: Broken Promises
Article: US ignores Malaysia human trafficking to advance TPP
CWA statement on trafficking
Flier to give to health professionals: CostofMedicenationalbrochure
One page flier on public health
Margaret Flowers article
Backgrounder on the TPP and health
Doctors without borders on TPP with video
Health-oriented website with materials: TPPKills.org
One page flier on financial deregulation
Ellen Brown article: More power to big banks.
Public Citizen: Trade agreements prevent financial regulation like Glass-Steagall
WTO forced deregulation of banks
Disproportionate impacts on People of Color:
Quarter sheet flier (two sides) on TPP & white supremacy
Ajamu Baraka Article: TPP is a black issue
Ajamu Baraka Article: Black opposition to TPP
Article on Ferguson and Trade
More info from TradeJustice
Disproportionate LGBTQ Impacts:
Article on TPP & LGBTQ impacts
Palestine and the BDS Movement:
Article: TPP, TTIP, TiSA will destroy BDS
Alternatives to corporate “trade” and globalization:
There are many other ideas about how to fundamentally restructure the global political economy to work for people, planet, and peace instead of corporate power, profit, militarism, and continued economic growth. Learn about alternatives here.
The TRADE Act:
Here is a basic summary of the trade act. Here is the final house legislation on the trade act. Here is a letter written in support of the trade act. The Trade Act is one important model that has wide support. Learn more about the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment Act (TRADE Act) of 2009.
Trade in Elections:
Learn more about the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Public Citizen’s campaign to demand a WTO Turnaround.
Fast Track Replacement:
Learn more about the outdated Fast Track process and more democratic, inclusive alternatives to Fast Track.
TTIP Video (1:18)
Noam Chomsky on TPP (3:54)
Globalization and Movement History:
NAFTA, WTO, and other Trade Agreements
Analysis: NAFTA’s 20 year Legacy and the Fate of the TPP
How to organize a mass mobilization like Battle of Seattle
Article: Why was Battle of Seattle so White?
History of alter-globalization movement
Learn more at allied websites: