Get on the Bus to Addison, TX to Help Stop Another Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement

 Get on the Bus and Help Prevent a NAFTA of the Pacific!
Dear Trade Justice Supportert:
Get on the Bus!International trade ministers and corporate lobbyists will be descending on Texas this May for a critical trade summit aimed at rushing the massive new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement towards completion.  The Texas Fair Trade Coalition and our allies are planning welcome them — and we need you to join us. 
Please sign up now to reserve your seat on a bus to the "TPP: Out of the Shadows!" march and rally that will be taking place in Addison, Texas on Saturday, May 12.  Rally endorsers include the Citizens Trade Campaign, Communication Workers of America, Dallas AFL-CIO Council, International Association of Machinists, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, National Family Farm Coalition, North Texas Jobs with Justice,Occupy Austin, Occupy Dallas, Occupy Texas, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, Texas AFL-CIO, Texas State Building Trades Council, United Steelworkers,  United Students Against Sweatshops and many others.
If you haven't heard about the TPP yet, it's not surprising.  Despite having already concluded eleven major rounds of negotiations, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (headed by none other than former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk) has refused to let Americans know what they have proposed in our names.  The public has literally been barred from reviewing the negotiating texts.  Meanwhile, approximately 600 corporate lobbyists have been given "cleared advisor" status giving them regular access to the documents and the negotiators.
Wall Street banks and other corporate interests are pushing for the TPP to:
    •    Offshore good-paying jobs to low-wage nations and undercut working conditions globally
    •    Create new tools for attacking environmental and consumer safety policies
    •    Expand the deregulation of banks, hedge funds and insurance companies
    •    Further concentrate global food supplies into the hands of fewer-and-fewer giant middlemen
    •    Institute longer patents that restrict access to affordable, generic medications
The world can't afford a "NAFTA of the Pacific."  The May 12th march and rally is our opportunity to prevent it.  Please visit this website for details on a FREE bus from San Antonio and Austin — which will also include a rolling teach-in and strategy session on the way to the action, and quiet time for study, one-on-one networking or sleep on the way back. 
Spaces are limited, so please go recruit a friend or two to join you and reserve your seat today!  RSVP online at:
In solidarity,
Bob Cash
Texas Fair Trade Coalition
(512) 912-6630

PS — If you're interested in carpooling from other locations, please RSVP here. 
PPS — You can also help by signing this petition which will be delivered to negotiators in Addison.



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