Big Apple Coffee Party TPP Action Page

One of the most effective ways we have to stop the TPP is to contact our Congressional Representative and get his/her commitment to vote AGAINST the TPP if it comes to a vote in Congress.  Regardless of what he/she said, or even how he/she voted on Fast Track, this vote is new and will determine whether or not TPP is passed in Congress.  If you can, put together a small delegation to visit your Congressperson.  Or, call.  Or write.  Ask for a promise to vote No.

Here is a sample letter you can use to write to your New York Representative.  Of course, you can modify it for any Congressperson. This sample letter contains important information for us as well as to share with our friends and others in our community.

We should be interested to learn if you receive an answer, especially if it's a commitment to vote No!

Sample letter for opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Dear [elected official], 

I am writing to ask you to vote against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and for you to take a leadership position in rallying your colleagues against the TPP. 

The TPP would have disastrous ramifications for New Yorkers and Americans across the country, and yet there will be no opportunity to change any of its many draconian provisions because it will be brought to the floor under "trade promotion authority," an undemocratic process preventing us from having the robust discussion we need to have. The TPP would enable corporations to sue to overturn laws, rules and regulations set in democratic bodies such as Congress and the New York Legislature, with no limits on who qualifies as an "investor" eligible to sue government.

All indications are that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would have negative impacts greater than those of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which accelerated the decline of U.S. manufacturing capacity and the loss of jobs to other countries with much lower wages.

The TPP includes rules that will go well beyond even those of the North American Free Trade Agreement in terms of eroding labor, environmental and safety rules and empowering corporations to run roughshod over society. The TPP will extend the use of "investor-state dispute mechanisms"—secreet tribunals on which corporate lawyers sit as judges in secret forums outside any conflict-of-interest rules and without appeal. American and Canadian environmental, health and safety rules have been overturned in these secret tribunals, and the rules of the TPP will make these anti-democratic results more common.

If the TPP were to pass, we will have no right to know what is in our food because consumer labeling laws would be banned; medicines will become more expensive because government entities would be banned from negotiating discounts; taxation laws and regulations would constitute "indirect expropriation" mandating compensation for corporations' "lost profits"; rules safeguard privacy on the Internet would be overturned; and "buy local" or "buy American" rules would be prohibited.

Clauses purporting to protect health and safety regulations from attack have consistently proven to be meaningless in existing trade agreements, and these will be as, or likely more, meaningless in the TPP. Language granting rights to corporations to sue for possible future profits "lost" due to regulation use words like "must" and "shall" while clauses purporting to uphold regulations use language like "may."

In summation, the TPP has very little to do with trade and much to do with allowing large corporations to shape the law in their favor and move more of our jobs to countries with low wages, costing us jobs and putting pressure to lower wages for the jobs that remain. These deals are experiments that have gone badly wrong, and it is past time for us to stop giving away what remains of democracy.

Please cast a vote for democracy and sovereignty by voting no on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Sincerely,

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