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No more corporate trade deals – Flush the TPP

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Tired of trade deals that serve only multi-national corporations and not people?  Tired of deals that perpetuate inequality and a worldwide race to the bottom in salaries and working conditions?  Tired of trade agreements that protect billionaires but not labor, Indigenous and human rights, or the environment?

We’re tired too.  But it doesn’t have to be this way.

We can all imagine international agreements that create, not destroy jobs; that promote the right to organize; that don’t destroy the environment; that don’t exploit migrant labour; that don’t infringe on the rights of communities to create rules that protect public health, worker’s rights, Indigenous rights; that strengthen public services instead of encouraging privatization; that support a free and democratic Internet instead of a corporate-controlled one.

We can all imagine trade deals built by and for people, negotiated in public, debated openly, with a real opportunity to say no if the deal’s no good.

It’s possible, but it isn’t going to happen unless we make it happen.

Right now, the newest, biggest, (and potentially baddest) trade agreement yet is being negotiated behind closed doors – the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). Canada and Mexico just joined the nine other countries involved, making this the expansion of NAFTA that we have all feared.  We have learned that the best way to stop bad trade agreements is to get to them before they are signed.  Now is the time to act.

On Saturday, December 1, join unionists, environmentalists, Indigenous peoples, migrant justice activists, trade and Internet freedom activists, students organizers and other allies from Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. for cross-border action – The People’s Round of Negotiations – 1:00 PM. For more information and to get on the bus visit www.tppxborder.org & TPPxBorder on Facebook.

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