Join us at a press conference on Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016, at 10am to show your OPPOSITION to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. Speakers will highlight how TPP will hurt the people of North Carolina, and how past trade deals have already hurt North Carolinians.
Trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) have been great for corporations but terrible for too many of people in the involved countries. The advantages for U.S. corporations is clear – to move production to countries that pay lower wages and have few regulations. The trade agreements also lowered or eliminated protective import-export tariffs on products crossing the border.
Over the past 20 years, free trade agreements have served to disadvantage American workers and undermine domestic food safety in the US, but they have also stolen jobs and caused communities to fall apart in developing countries. When communities fall apart, it only gets worse from there. People may hear about the effects of instability in general (mass immigration to the US to escape violence and poverty in Central America, for example), and not realize instability can be especially worse for women.
It is clear that governments willing to repeat or compound past disasters introduced by past free trade agreements with TPP, called ‘NAFTA on steroids.” TPP is the result of negotiations between corporate interests and trade representatives in twelve countries. Negotiations that have been kept secret for the most part. While details are still emerging, the parts that have been shared or leaked show that TPP will destroy jobs and depress wages, threaten health and safety standards, harm our air, land and water, and make it harder for patients to access life-saving drugs, among other problems.
The White House is signing the TPP in New Zealand TODAY, on Feb 3, 2016. We want to make sure that our U.S. Representatives and the public know that there is local resistance to the TPP via this press conference. Bring organizational and personal signs.
Date: Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016
Place: Plaza in front of Legacy Tower (Former NC Mutual Building)
411 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham, N.C.
- Yvonne Kinston, Member and Call Center Employee, Communication Workers of America
- Robert Corriher, Campaign Manager, NC AFL-CIO
- Ajamu Dillahunt, Founding Member, Black Workers for Justice
- Melvin Montford, Executive Director, A. Philip Randolph Institute
- Renée Maas, Food & Water Watch, Senior Southern Region Organizer
The TPP will cost American jobs, exacerbate income and wealth inequality and threaten U.S. environmental, public health and food safety laws and regulations.
Please join us in opposition.