Diverse groups such as the Sierra Club, Electronic Frontier Foundation, health care professionals, environmental advocacy groups, unions, and numerous other organizations, along with both conservative and progressive legislators are all opposed to the TPP Fast Track, called a Trojan Horse trade treaty.
See below for details why.

You are strongly urged to write Congressman Sam Farr a letter urging his NO vote on fast tracking the TPP. Your hand written letter is worth 100 emails.

100 W. Alisal Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone calls are good too, and keep calling: 831-424-3339

The TransPacific Partnership (TPP) is a so-called trade agreement that would grant transnational corporations the power to challenge virtually any environmental law, regulation or court decision that negatively affects their expectation of profits as a “regulatory taking” through international tribunals that circumvent domestic judicial systems.  It is being negotiated in secret, with some provisions having been leaked to the public. It is being written by 800 corporate advisors.

Clean Green and Fair TradeSo far, portions of the Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act have already been successfully rolled back under similar “trade” provisions. The TPP goes further by giving individual corporations the power to challenge democratic policymaking through a tribunal system that takes precedence over domestic courts and elected legislatures.

Transnational corporations are attacking clean air rules in Peru, anti-mining laws in El Salvador and a court decision against the oil giant Chevron in Ecuador, among many other cases. The TPP extends this system throughout the Pacific Rim.

View the Sample TPP Letter for talking points.
More information is on this website: Citizens Trade Campaign.

The TPP will set up a NAFTA style tribunal of corporate attorneys who can overrule any and every local jurisdiction whenever profit or PROJECTED profit is threatened. Here is how these “courts”  are working for Canadians.

  • Canada wanted to ban the neurotoxin MMT, a gasoline additive, and was sued, apologized and forced to pay a $13 million settlement.
  • A U.S. waste disposal firm challenged Canada’s ban on exporting toxic PCB waste; Canada was fined $.605 million.U.S. Lumber company Pope and Talbot was awarded $870,000 for challenging Canada’s lumber export rules.

    Canada is liable for as yet undetermined damages for their requirement that energy companies invest in research and development.

    AbitibiBowater was awarded $130 million when it refused to return timber and water rights to the Crown after closing its last mill in 2008.

    $15 million was awarded to St. Mary’s after a local zoning ordinance was enacted to prevent their quarry from polluting groundwater near Hamilton, Ontario.

Keep calling Sam Farr: 831-424-3339!

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