Let the White House and Congress know you care about trade justice! Now that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is off the table, the President and our elected U.S. Senators and Representatives need to hear from you, urging that they:
- Say No to Future Bad Trade Deals: Unless they raise standards for working families across borders, honor workers’ rights to organize, improve environmental protections, maintain a free and open internet, and ensure affordable access to medicines and life-saving health services, Congress should continue to reject any so-called “free trade” agreements.
- Protect Democratic Sovereignty: NAFTA, the TPP, and other past trade schemes have included special tribunals that granted new rights to corporate lawyers to sue taxpayers over our social and environmental laws that stand in the way of their perceived profits. These must be eliminated and equal standing must be guaranteed to citizens and non-governmental organizations to enforce provisions in past and future trade agreements.
- Ensure an Open Public Process for Trade Negotiations: Too often, the terms and provisions of trade agreements are negotiated in secret, behind closed doors by corporate lawyers. This undermines the public right-to-know, and hampers public understanding and participation in critical trade policy matters. Future trade negotiations should be open and transparent, and include a broad, cross-sector set of representatives from civil society, human rights, labor, and environmental leaders, in addition to business representatives.
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