Call in TODAY to Congress. Vote NO on the TPP

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While candidates are furiously campaigning to be elected this November, a much quieter but just as furious campaign is being waged to pressure Congress to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the lame-duck session just after the election, but before the new Congress convenes next January.

Not very democratic is it?

Neither is the TPP and its profoundly undemocratic Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision giving giant corporations the power to challenge national laws, rules and regulations protecting workers, consumers, communities and the environment that they claim has harmed their ability to maximize profits.

Today, Wednesday September 14, is a national call-in day opposing the TPP. Call toll free 1-888-659-7351 and tell your Congressperson and Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown to vote NO on the TPP. Global Trade Watch and the Citizens Trade Campaign are among the major organizers of this action.

The TPP is terribly misnamed. It’s not ultimately about trade (be it free or fair). It’s about corporate global rule.

Despite earlier hopes, the TPP is not dead. The Obama Administration is doing the bidding of hundreds of transnational corporations that had a seat at the table when the TPP was first negotiated by pressuring Congressional members to pass the TPP during the lame duck Congress.

The most dangerous provision of the TPP is the ISDS, which hijacks democratic self-determination. A detailed and devastating 4-part investigation into the ISDS is the Global Super Court: A BuzzFeed News Investigation. You don’t have to read much before concluding the ISDS is lethal to national sovereignty, workers rights, consumer protection and environmental sustainability.

AFSC has produced an earlier background piece on the TPP:
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – Background Information
http://afsc.org/sites/afsc.civicactions.net/files/documents/AFSC%20Trans%20Pacific%20Partnership.pdf

So, please call-in today. Call toll free 1-888-659-7351 and tell your Congressperson and Senators to vote NO on the TPP.

Not sure who your Congressperson is? Go to http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Also, if you’re on Twitter, post this message right now to all your followers:
It’s National #StopTPP Call-in Day: Click here to call yr member of Congress & demand he/she commit to oppose #TPP! http://thndr.me/iU3NrV

Thank you.

Global Super Court

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Read any one article of this tremendous 4-part series on the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) “Global Super Court” and then make the case for supporting the mis-named “trade deals” being huckstered by the global power elite. The issue isn’t about trade, growth, jobs or environmental “side agreements.” The issue is democracy/self-governance/self-determination/sovereignty. It always has been ever since these provisions have been buried inside the NAFTAs, TPPs and other corporate rule agreements. Way past time to re-frame the discussion.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/globalsupercourt

NEOhio AFSC April 29, 2016 Podcast

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We summarize last week’s activities; share next week’s upcoming events; and comment on the status and causes of the ongoing home foreclosure crisis in Ohio and nationally, update the status of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) “trade” agreement, and summarize the new ACLU Ohio protestor rights manual  (Length 33:30)

NEO AFSC February 12, 2016 Podcast

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We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and comment on our Open Letter responding to Akron’s “Blue Ribbon Task Force” report (and the need for your calls), 100 donors having donated/invested more in the 2016 presidential elections than the 2 million smallest donors, why conservatives should support campaign finance reform, and Rob Portman announcing his opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) due to building opposition “back home” (i.e. because of you!).  (Length 34:53)

NEO AFSC February 5, 2016 Podcast

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We report on last week’s activities; announce next week’s events; and comment on President Carter calling big campaign contributions “legalized bribery,” a challenge to enact political campaign contribution limits in Cuyahoga County, a proposal to raise political campaign contribution limits in Cleveland by 900%, the Akron “Blue Ribbon” committee recommendation of exploring selling/leasing the water and sewer system, and the official signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  (Length 38:43)

NEO AFSC January 29, 2016 Podcast

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We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and provide an update on the attack on Ohio’s unemployment compensation system (and the need to take action), the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (and the need to take action), why John Kasich should join the growing movement to end corporate personhood and money as speech, and what looks like the start of the next decline of the economy…and what you can do. (Length 31:27)

NEO AFSC January 22, 2016 Podcast

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We summarize last week’s activities; share upcoming events for next week; and discuss the TPP as a brand new same old story, taking action to protect unemployment insurance in Ohio, the water AND democracy crisis in Flint MI, shedding light on “dark money” nonprofit groups that spend money in federal elections, and a little history on taxing the rich.  (Length: 38:09)