The Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club has scheduled an emergency meeting this Tuesday, December 15, 7:00 to 9:00pm-doors open at 6:45pm at Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland. The panel includes Xiomara Castro of Citizens Trade Campaign[www.citizenstrade.org] and Suzanne York of the Sierra Club. There will be time for questions and a discussion of effective responses. Refreshments will be provided, but there will be no potluck at this meeting. You do not have to be a member or a Democrat to attend.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the latest “free trade” deal that has just been finalized between the U.S. and 11 other countries that border the Pacific. It has been termed “NAFTA on steroids” because it is so much worse than NAFTA in the effects it will have on the ordinary U.S. citizen.
“The TPP, along with the WTO [World Trade Organization] and NAFTA [North American Free Trade Agreement], is the most brazen corporate power grab in American history,” according to Ralph Nader; “It allows corporations to bypass our three branches of government to impose enforceable sanctions by secret tribunals. These tribunals can declare our labor, consumer and environmental protections [to be] unlawful, non-tariff barriers subject to fines for noncompliance.”
The text of the TPP was released a few weeks ago. This means that the clock is ticking for Congressional action to vote it up or down, and the Wellstone Club is committed to working to defeat the TPP.
We urge our members and all those who value environmental, labor, and consumer laws to communicate with the Greater Bay Area Congressional delegation-giving support to those who have opposed the TPP in the past and urging those who have supported the TPP to consider the final document in hopes they will change their votes.
An introduction to the Wellstone Club’s recently adopted Economic Justice program will aslo be on the agenda. See wellstoneclub.org or contact Pamela Drake-510-593-3721, firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.