Starts Tuesday, May 28, 2013
at 6:30 PM for 150 minutes
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (Tpp)
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TUESDAY, MAY 28TH, 6:30 PM to 9 PM
ALL SOULS UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH
1157 Lexington Avenue between 79th and 80th Streets, NYC
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP)
The Global Race to the Bottom is About
to Get Much Worse
What You Can Do to Impact the Biggest Trade Deal Ever
Co-sponsored by the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Peace & Justice Task Force
and Sierra Club's New York State and New York City TPP Task Forces
The TPP, a trade agreement the U.S. is negotiating with 11 other nations, will outsource more U.S. jobs, prohibit regulation of the banking industry, and expand corporate intellectual property rights that curtail Internet freedom and limit access to lifesaving generic drugs. It will also grant foreign corporations the power to sue our government
when U.S. laws block their environmentally destructive
projects and toxic products.
The TPP is shrouded in secrecy. The Administration intends to complete negotiations by October 2013 with almost no media attention or input from the public and Congress. President Obama has said he'll ask Congress to grant him Fast Track Authority, which will force Congress to vote on the TPP without changing a single word of it.
That's where we come in".
Doors will open at 6:30 PM for a reception with light refreshments.
Panel begins at 7:00 and includes the following panelists:
Alisa Simmons, National Field Director at Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, will present an overview of topics the TPP addresses, indicating its enormous scope.
Manuel Perez-Rocha, Associate Fellow at Institute for Policy Studies, will discuss the TPP's dispute resolution process, citing examples of past and current arbitration under NAFTA.
Ilana Solomon, Sierra
Club's Trade Representative, will discuss TPP's potential impact on the
environment, focusing on how the TPP would pave the way to more fracking across
Kenneth Peres, Chief Economist for Communications Workers of America, will speak about how TPP would increase job offshoring and impact the U.S. work force.
Moderator: Adam Weissman, Founder of Global Justice for Animals and the Environment
There will be 20 minutes for questions from the audience, after which Adam Weissman will speak briefly about the Fast Track Authority and set up the audience to split into small groups. Led by the speakers and a few volunteers, we'll spend 40-50 minutes learning how to call, write and lobby our congressional representatives. We'll make use of the Sierra Club Activist Toolkit already distributed at each seat. (You can check out the toolkit ahead of time at this online address: www.sierraclub.org/trade/toolkit)
The goals of your actions are as follows:
1) Express your concerns about TPP with your Senators and Congress Members.
2) Ask your representatives to obtain a copy of the agreed-on TPP texts to share with you.
3) Ask your representatives to pledge to vote against Fast Track.
THE MEETING WILL END AT 9 PM
ADMISSION IS FREE -- DONATIONS ARE WELCOME
Organization: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Sierra Club, NYC TPP Task force
Directions: 1157 Lexington Avenue between 79th and 80th Streets, NYC
Contact Info: Stephanie Low (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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