Stop the Secrecy: Make the TPP Text Public

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 3:05 pm

For more than a year activists have been able to stop this pernicious free trade agreement from becoming a reality, but this new push to finalize the TPP means we need to step up our efforts once again.

Help take the first step by signing our petition demanding the full text of the TPP be released.

Alan Grayson Talks About TPP, Globalization, NAFTA and Obama

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 5:31 pm

I interviewed Alan Grayson on my radio show on March 18th.

This segment of the transcript of the interview covers our discussion of TPP and globalization trade deals. It’s not pretty.

Emulating Gabriel Heatter

By: Saturday February 22, 2014 4:00 pm

“There’s good news tonight”

Senator Durbin Joins Call To Stop TPP Fast Track

By: Monday February 17, 2014 2:27 pm

Senator Dick Durbin has joined Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in opposing fast track trade authority for the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) as well as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Durbin’s opposition could signal the beginning of the end for the agreements as now prominent Democratic leaders in both the Senate and House are opposing giving the Obama Administration fast track trade authority for the controversial agreements.

Pelosi Comes Out Against TPP Fast Track Bill

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 6:40 am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has now publicly opposed giving President Obama fast track authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In a show of unity with other House Democrats Pelosi announced she would be opposing the current bill promoting TPP at a labor event.

Charles Lane Is Wrong on NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

By: Tuesday February 4, 2014 5:54 pm

Charles Lane is wrong, as usual, in arguing that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), like its predecessor NAFTA, is good for U.S. workers. However, the piece is useful in providing an opportunity to explain some basic economics.

Reid Pushes Back on Obama’s Push for TPP and TTIP

By: Thursday January 30, 2014 11:39 am

Majority Leader Harry Reid threw cold water on fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) despite a call to do so in President Obama’s State of the Union speech. Numerous Democrats in Congress have publicly objected to fast tracking TPP given the many controversial aspects contained in the bill including removing decision making authority from sovereign countries and re-deregulating Wall Street.

President Obama Uses State Of The Union To Promote TPP, Ducks NSA Reform

By: Wednesday January 29, 2014 6:57 am

Last night President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union speech. In the speech Obama addressed growing concerns in the country about lack of opportunities and yawning wealth inequality. Poverty, lack of labor participation, and wealth inequality have gone to record levels under his administration. As the problem has gotten progressively worse the rhetoric seems to be ever more soaring.

The TPP Threatens the State of the Union

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 3:12 pm

There’s a good chance that President Obama will use tonight’s State of the Union address to gin up support for Fast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

The TPP: A Dangerous Proposal Whose Time Has Gone

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 5:05 pm

I agree that letter writing is a good proposal for one way the American public could register its objections to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with foreign leaders. But, I think that such letters ought also to point out that even if the TPP were railroaded successfully in the next few months, then it is unlikely to stick. After all, it is only a Treaty. Wouldn’t an electoral victory here by a movement dedicated to overturning corporate control of the political system, result in withdrawal from the TPP before any concrete legislation likely to conflict with it was passed by Congress?

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