The passing of Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would be a victory for global corporate rule and under the guise of “free-trade” has serious and disastrous consequences for people, planet and peace. We know that the TPP threatens to affect the environment and accelerate global warming through increased air and ocean transport as well as an increase in dirty energy production and export. The TPP would also have a negative impact on public health by decreasing access to cost-saving generic medications.
Although Fast Track and the TPP were delayed last year, a new bill could be introduced at any time and with the new Congress, the risk of passage is greater than ever. We must send a clear message that the pressure will remain on lawmakers until Fast Track and the TPP are defeated!
Read on to find out how to get involved with stopping a Fast Track vote of the TPP at this critical time:
1) Call your House Representative – Ask him or her to say, “NO” to Fast Track and the TPP. Find your representative’s phone number at this link. Email your representative about the TPP at this link.
2) Call Senator Ron Wyden’s office (202.224.5244) and say “NO” to any version of Fast Track, including a supposedly “improved” version. Democracy calls for a release of the TPP text, inclusive debate, and the ability for amendments to the agreement to be made by Congress. Find more information at this link.
3) Mark your calendar for days of action organized by the Citizens Trade Campaign & take immediate action when Fast Track is introduced to Congress in any way you can:
- Jan. 21, national Call-in Day (Jan. 20 is State of the Union address)
- Jan. 25-31, environmental groups and activists week of action with office visits to Congress and district offices
- Feb. 1-7, social media campaign
- Feb. 9-20, two weeks of action in D.C.
- Feb. 14-22, Presidents Day Congressional Recess with targeted actions at House members’ home district offices
4) Join the Fast Track Rapid Response Action Call on 1.14.15 (conference call details below)
Originally posted at FlushtheTPP.org.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has begun 2015 with a promise to act quickly on Fast Track, and Obama has redoubled his efforts to find as many allies as he can when it comes to corporate-backed agreements.
Without a doubt, the threat of Fast Track is at its height. We’ve defeated it once, but this time the risks are higher – and we need to be ready to rise to the occasion.
Register today for a conference call to plan and share information on rapid response actions to Fast Track legislation, and help spread the word!
When: Wednesday, January 14th, at 4pm PST/7pm EST
Phone Number: (712)432-1500
Access Code: 587325#