Secret TPPA? (Yes way). No Way!
Join the Nationwide Rally to oppose secret negotiations on investor rights, March 29
Update: New flyers coming soon!
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a ‘free market’ economic circuit deal between twelve Asian and Pacific-rim countries, that favours wealthy investors’ commercial rights over the needs, human rights and aspirations of ordinary people. The TPPA is being negotiated in secret between corporate lobbyists and government representatives from: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam.[i]
The March 29 anti-Trans-Pacific Partnership Rally in New Zealand is sponsored by: The New Council of Trade Unions, Oxfam New Zealand, Greenpeace, Maritime New Zealand, Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA), Tertiary Education Union, Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA), First Union, Service and Food Workers Union (SFWU), Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Maori Party. Stump up on the day.
New Zealand Rally Locations (1pm Start): Hokianga (Kohukohu); Whangarei (Clock Museum, Town Basin), Auckland (Aotea Square), Hamilton (Garden Place); Napier; Tauranga (Red Square); Rotorua; New Plymouth (Puke Ariki Landing); Whanganui (Silver Ball Sculpture, Riverfront); Palmerston North (The Square); Wellington (Bucket Fountain, Cuba Street); Nelson; Christchurch (114 Cashel Street); Geraldine,
(South Canterbury, T junction Cox & Talbot Streets); Timaru; Queenstown; Dunedin; Invercargill. Get along.
For updates on rally locations, organizing logistics, and National day of Action Materials go to www.itsourfuture.org.nz or It’s Our Future on Facebook; and GPJA’s Blog (Global Peace and Justice Auckland) at http://gpjanz.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/sat-29-march-join-the-national-day-of-action-to-stop-the-tppa/; and Unite News at http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/sat-29-march-join-the-national-day-of-action-to-stop-the-tppa/
Or happily start something in your town and make it a happy, community-spirited social event. Please share this post on social media. Enjoy printing off flyers and posters and stick ’em around town on any dry, flat, high visibility surfaces!
See It’s Our Future for cartoon images to add colour to your event at http://www.itsourfuture.org.nz/cartoon-competition/
“But, why?” asked Fightless Kiwi
Around the world, governments are giving away a level of sovereign power to a global investment class in accordance with the strictures of a strategy known as new constitutionalism. This strategy seeks to expand markets by locking in the changes within a supranational jurisdiction, thereby restricting the democratic participation of nationally-based publics and indigenous peoples.
‘New constitutionalism’ is embedded into the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Armies of professionals, sponsored politicians and elite technocrats are working on what is essentially a global neo-colonial project (AKA globalization), which is an economic war framework directed by the super-rich.[ii]
From the leaked chapters, we know that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will:
- Give transnational corporations the capacity to directly sue governments in secret tribunals;
- Allow foreign investment and financial speculation to be even less restricted;
- Undermine protections for labour, while strengthening copyright claims over workforce creativity;
- Roll-back environmental protections written into legislation, regulations, and bylaws;
- Dismantle obligations to treaties that protect general human rights, indigenous rights, and nature;
- Favour anti-competitive cartels of transnational corporations that undermine small-scale producers;
- Allow big pharmaceutical corporations to charge more for medicines;
- Undermine popular dissent by privileging the fiction of investors’ ‘commercial sovereignty’.
[ii] SEE “Code Purple: Whistle Blowing on ‘Free markets’, the ‘Shock Doctrine’ and ‘New Constitutionalism’” at http://snoopman.net.nz/2014/03/10/code-purple/; and also: A Poorly Understood ‘Bargain’: How Democracy and the 60s Movements became Orphans in the ‘Free Market’ Era at http://snoopman.net.nz/2013/08/31/a-poorly-understood-bargain-or-how-democracy-and-the-60s-movements-became-orphans-in-the-free-market-era/