Tools for Organizing Creative Actions 4

TPP TUESDAYS | ACTION IDEAS | PROTEST TARGETS | HAND-OUTS | TOOLKIT

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Former US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said that if the people knew what was in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it would be impossible to get it signed. This means a big part of our job is to let people know what the TPP is all about. A broad coalition of organizations organized a summer of actions to raise awareness about the TPP. In particular, actions have been held every Tuesday. We call them TPP Tuesdays!

This page contains tools and resources to help you plan and hold creative actions in your community. You can also contact us directly if you would like some help. Once you have a date set for your event, make sure and submit the details on our Actions page. It will then be listed here as well as on other coalition websites. And don’t forget to set up a Facebook event page. This is one of the best ways to get the word out and promote your action to a wide cross section of people.

TPP Tuesdays

Since the TPP has been negotiated in secret, the goal is to educate as many people as possible about the TPP. In order to mobilize people to organize educational events, we called for #TPPTuesdays, weekly actions to draw attention to the trade agreement. This doesn’t mean every action has to be on a Tuesday. People decide what  works best for their local area or organization. The goal is to be visible and to educate.

One regular TPP Tuesday event is the Twitter Storm. If you know how to tweet, click here for the instructions and we’ll see you on twitter!

In addition to increasing awareness, we are also focused on stopping Fast Track.  See the box below for details.

Be creative! Make TPP Tuesdays fun and informative! And after your event, send us a story, photos or video to share! Contact [email protected]

Time to Stop Fast Track!

The next important step is to stop Congress from voting for Fast Track (also called Trade Promotion Authority).

Find contact information for your member of Congress’ staffer who handles trade issues by clicking here. We urge you to reach out to the staffer and let them know how constituents are feeling about the TPP. Offer yourself as a resource to the staffer to provide information about the TPP. Send relevant articles.

Use these tools for your visits:

Handout: Reasons to Vote “No” on Fast Track

Fact Sheet: Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority

Fact Sheet: Questions Congress Should Ask About the TPP

Letter to Congress member on Fast Track and the TPP

Declare your community a TPP-Free Zone!

Communities around the country are taking action locally to declare their area a “TPP-Free” Zone. This is a great opportunity to educate about the TPP and build community support for Fair Trade, not rigged corporate trade that is negotiated in secret.

Use these tools to get started:

Pointers for Getting a TPP-Free Zone Law

TPP-Free Zone Model Law

Action Ideas

Actions can be as simple as passing out literature or holding signs in a public place, or more involved such as nighttime light projection on buildings or displaying giant banners on highway overpasses. Or consider some of these creative actions:

Protest Targets

Where should you hold a protest? You can choose a corporate office like Monsanto, Walmart or Peabody Coal who are pushing the TPP to expand their profits at the expense of people and the planet, or a member of U.S. Congress’ district office to tell them not to pass the TPP, or even simply a public location that is highly visible.

Fliers for the March Against Monsanto

Click here for a detailed two-page flier that includes information for taking action: Monsanto Flier Oct 2012

Click here for a simple TPP Flier (that includes info about GMOs): TPP Flier

Below is a list of some of the more well-known corporations involved in drafting the TPP. And here is a full list of TPP corporate advisers, known as of June, 2012.

  • American Petroleum Institute
  • Archer Daniels Midland
  • AT&T
  • BNSF Railway (Tar Sands)
  • Boeing
  • Cargill
  • Caterpillar
  • Chevron
  • DuPont
  • Federal Express
  • Ford Motor
  • General Electric
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Halliburton
  • Hershey
  • Hewlitt Packard
  • Honeywell
  • IBM
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Kraft Foods
  • M&T Bank
  • Monsanto
  • Pharma
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Starbucks
  • US Chamber of Commerce
  • Verizon
  • Walmart

Hand-outs

Here is a basic fact sheet to get informed, or you can order TPP occucards (colorful, informative postcards) for 9 cents each to hand out at your event.

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TPP Organizer Toolkit

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