48893 days to stop a corporate Death Star
- Sep 13, 2012
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Subject: 4 days to stop a corporate Death Star (NB from Pam - now only 3 days)Dear friends, http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_corporate_death_star/?bjNCpdb&v=17850 The deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is written to protect investors from government regulation, even if that regulation is passed in the public interest. Leaked versions suggest the TPP would undermine protections for air and water safety and reintroduce measures from the US Internet freedom attack as well as steamrolling efforts to produce generic affordable medicines. Worse still, lawmakers who fail to conform to the TPP’s rules face sanctions in an international tribunal -- a place where corporations can sue us for deals previous governments signed in secret! Negotiators say this is just a trade agreement, written to facilitate investment and profit for all. But the leaked draft imposes so many limits on citizen protections, it's clear this "trade" agreement is skewed to put corporate profit above people's needs -- that's not surprising since it's been drafted in secret with almost 600 corporate lobbyists.But there is hope: Australia is bucking against the international tribunal system, and New Zealand is objecting to the takeover of its medicine-pricing protections that keep drugs affordable. Massive public opposition, casting doubt over each country's ability to sell TPP at home, could derail the talks for good. Sign the petition now, and forward widely -- the delegates and lobbyists are watching the wave of opposition grow in real time:http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_corporate_death_star/?bjNCpdb&v=17850 US Senator, Elizabeth Warren in a recent speech said: “Corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters, because we don't run this country for corporations, we run it for people." Let’s reach one million to stop the corporate takeover of our governments. With hope, Iain, Pedro, Laura, Ari, Emma, Lisa, Luca, Ricken and the whole Avaaz team PS - Avaaz has launched Community Petitions, an exciting new platform where it's quick and easy to create a campaign on any issue you care strongly about. Start your own by clicking here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?do.ps.tppMORE INFORMATION The Nation: "NAFTA on Steroids"http://www.thenation.com/article/168627/nafta-steroids The Guardian: "The Pacific free trade deal that's anything but free"http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/27/pacific-free-trade-dealHuffington Post: "Leak Cracks Open Trans-Pacific Partnership Scandal"http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ian-fletcher/leak-cracks-open-transpac_b_1594675.htmlReuters: "Lawmakers press for open Trans-Pacific trade talks"http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/27/us-usa-congress-trade-idUSBRE85Q1MK20120627TechDirt: "Hollywood Gets To Party With TPP Negotiators; Public Interest Groups Get Thrown Out Of Hotel"http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120131/23161417605/hollywood-gets-to-party-with-tpp-negotiators-public-interest-groups-get-thrown-out-hotel.shtmlElectronic Frontier Foundation: "Background and analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement"https://www.eff.org/issues/tpp ------------------------------------
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