Take Action to Stop Fast Track

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Please call your Congressperson before the end of the week with this message: “Fast Track side tracks democracy!”

The administration has asked Congress to renew “Fast Track” legislation (formally called “Trade Promotion Authority,” a nice neutral sounding title). A vote is expected next week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

FIND YOUR CONGRESSPERSON at http://whoismyrepresentative.com
CALL YOUR CONGRESSPERSON TODAY: 202-224-3121 (US Capitol) and ask for his/her office

5 reasons to oppose Fast Track:

1. Fast Track railroads the authority of Congress, as stated in the U.S. Constitution, to “regulate Commerce with foreign nations” through congressional review, amendment and debate. Power will shift from Congress to the President to negotiate so-called trade deals, like the US-Asian Transpacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

2. Fast Track is needed to pass the TPP and TTIP — agreements that are so anti-democratic that neither would likely pass on their own without the ability of the administration to ram them through Congress with little or no debate, review and amendments.

3. The TPP has been negotiated in secret — secret to the public and Congress that is. However, hundreds of transnational corporate lobbyists have been anointed with “trade advisor status” during the negotiations — with the ability to provide input and feedback. No labor, consumer, human rights, or environmental organizations have received the same status and involved in the planning. What’s known about the deal has been through public leaks.

4. Both the TPP and TTIP contain “investor state dispute resolution” provisions. This permits corporations to directly sue national governments over what they consider “trade barriers” — but what citizens call labor laws, consumer laws and environmental laws protecting workers, communities and the environment. Suits are brought before extrajudicial “tribunals,” composed of 3 private unelected attorneys with the power to overturn national courts and domestic laws — with no outside appeal.

5. Fast Track, the TPP and the TTIP are not about “trade” (be it free or fair) or “trade barriers” at all. Tariffs are already virtually nil between the US and Europe. They are about democracy, sovereignty, self-determination, and self-rule — about who/what has the right to decide: We the People or corporations. Issues of “trade” are a front or distraction to high jacking what remains of our rights as citizens to define what we believe should be laws, rules and regulations governing labor, consumer, health, finance, the internet and environmental concerns.

FIND YOUR CONGRESSPERSON at http://whoismyrepresentative.com
CALL YOUR CONGRESSPERSON TODAY: 202-224-3121 (US Capitol) and ask for his/her office

Fast Track, the TPP and TTIP are simply the logical extensions of corporations escaping accountability and democratic control. A century ago, corporate owners escaped democratic authority by running from one state to another (Ohio to New Jersey or Delaware) or from the state level to the national level — where the public had less access and influence — to trump or usurp state laws. Today, corporate agents seek to escape national control (as weak as they many be) to the international level where they can exclusively define the institutions, terms and conditions to trump or usurp national rules.

We must stop them!

FIND YOUR CONGRESSPERSON at http://whoismyrepresentative.com
CALL YOUR CONGRESSPERSON TODAY: 202-224-3121 (US Capitol) and ask for his/her office

Onward to create the democracy we deserve!

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