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 fall, the additional goal is to stop Congress from voting for Fast Track, or Trade Promotion Authority, which would give the President the power to negotiate and sign the TPP before it would go to Congress for only an up or down vote. This means that Congress would give up its Constitutional responsibility to oversee commerce. It would prevent Congress from holding hearings to review the content of the agreement, hear expert testimony to consider its impact on people and the environment and make amendments.
The Fair Trade Brigade visits Congress every Tuesday to track how members are planning to vote on Fast Track and to push for the necessary 218 “no” votes needed to defeat Fast Track. Local Fair Trade Brigades are working on their local members of Congress.
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.
Since the TPP has been negotiated in secret, the summer goal was simply 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 had to be on a Tuesday. People decided what worked best for their local area or organization. The goal was to be visible and to educate.
TPP Tuesdays continue, but now 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]
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:
- Pack up a senator’s office and ship it overseas.
- Hold a Billionaires for Free Trade event.
- Hold a funeral (for workers, jobs, the environment, democracy, etc.)
- Picket their fundraisers.
- Tape stuff to their door.
- Have a die-in.
- Deliver a cake with a message.
- Have a frog explain the issue to them.
- Hold a candlelight vigil at their home.
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.
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
- BNSF Railway (Tar Sands)
- Federal Express
- Ford Motor
- General Electric
- Georgia Pacific
- Hewlitt Packard
- Johnson and Johnson
- Kraft Foods
- M&T Bank
- Procter and Gamble
- US Chamber of Commerce