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FDL Joins Coalition to Deliver Over 500,000 Signatures to Congress Against Fast Track Trade Authority

With President Obama and other heads of state meeting in Asia this month – a coalition of of labor, environmental and consumer groups delivered more than a half million petition signatures and letters to congressional leaders last week opposing Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Nearly 5000 Firedoglake activists added their names to this petition – as well as making calls to legislators, writing letters to their editors and spreading the word about this secretive and destructive trade deal that many have referred to as “NAFTA on steroids.

By some calculations the TPP would cover approximately 40% of the global economy – affecting financial regulations, medicine patents, environmental policy, labor rules, intellectual property laws and more.

It’s unclear just how bad this trade deal is, because its text and negotiations have been completely shielded from public oversight.

The small bits we do know come from leaks published by the Citizens Trade Campaign and WikiLeaks — and those pieces confirm most of our worst fears. They make clear the TPP would include a trove of special rights for multinational corporations allowing them to circumvent important environmental and labor regulations. The deal also includes a number IP changes that would essentially backdoor many of the least popular aspects of the failed Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA).

The TPP has already missed a number of key deadlines – mostly because activists have succeeded in convincing congress not to relinquish its trade oversight authority by passing a Fast Track bill. But TPP negotiators and corporate lobbyists believe they can sneak ‘Fast Track’ through in the lame duck session.

FDL is taking part in this week’s #StopFastTrack week of action by encouraging our supporters to call their representatives and senators and tell them to oppose Fast Track.

Please call your representatives today and tell them to resist this latest push for Fast Track trade authority.

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FDL Joins Coalition to Deliver Over 500,000 Signatures to Congress Against Fast Track Trade Authority

With President Obama and other heads of state meeting in Asia this month – a coalition of of labor, environmental and consumer groups delivered more than a half million petition signatures and letters to congressional leaders last week opposing Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Nearly 5000 Firedoglake activists added their names to this petition – as well as making calls to legislators, writing letters to their editors and spreading the word about this secretive and destructive trade deal that many have referred to as “NAFTA on steroids.

By some calculations the TPP would cover approximately 40% of the global economy – affecting financial regulations, medicine patents, environmental policy, labor rules, intellectual property laws and more.

It’s unclear just how bad this trade deal is, because its text and negotiations have been completely shielded from public oversight.

The small bits we do know come from leaks published by the Citizens Trade Campaign and WikiLeaks — and those pieces confirm most of our worst fears. They make clear the TPP would include a trove of special rights for multinational corporations allowing them to circumvent important environmental and labor regulations. The deal also includes a number IP changes that would essentially backdoor many of the least popular aspects of the failed Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA).

The TPP has already missed a number of key deadlines – mostly because activists have succeeded in convincing congress not to relinquish its trade oversight authority by passing a Fast Track bill. But TPP negotiators and corporate lobbyists believe they can sneak ‘Fast Track’ through in the lame duck session.

FDL is taking part in this week’s #StopFastTrack week of action by encouraging our supporters to call their representatives and senators and tell them to oppose Fast Track.

Please call your representatives today and tell them to resist this latest push for Fast Track trade authority.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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