San Diego Fair Trade Not Free Trade Rally, July 2nd, Pics and Video

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The Fair Trade Not Free Trade Rally against the TPP talks happening in San Diego kicked off a week of actions and conferences to bring attention to and inform the public about the… Continue reading

Press Release

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PRESS RELEASE Contacts:Will Johnson, Occupy San Diego: 707-225-4605; willj@sandiegooccupy.orgKristen Smith, Women Occupy San Diego: 352-278-2123; kristensmith64@yahoo.com  Coalition to STOP TPP Announces Week of Protestand an International Community-Based Conference No to NAFTA on Steroids… Continue reading

People’s Conference – List of Guests

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Monday July 2nd * 6:30 – *8:30pm 567 South 28th Street, San Diego, California 92113 Workers’ Rights, Outsourcing, Wal-Mart & Gentrification Benjamin Prado – Member of Union del Barrio, San Diego Celeste Drake… Continue reading

Noam Chomsky to OSD on FTAs

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The words “free trade agreement” should bring to mind the response attributed to Gandhi when he was asked what he thought about western civilization: “it might be a good idea.” Same with “free trade agreements.” Maybe they would be a good idea, maybe not, but the question scarcely arises in the real world. What are called “free trade agreements” have only a limited relation to free trade, or even trade at all, and are certainly not agreements, at least if the people of a country are regarded as its
citizens.
The FTAs are investor rights agreements, negotiated mostly in secret by representatives of transnational corporations and the few powerful states that cater to their interests. The public is largely excluded, and often opposed. The agreements include highly protectionist elements, such as the monopoly pricing rights that impose enormous costs on consumers and have no legitimate justification. They interpret “trade” to include actions internal to command economies, as when a giant corporation produces parts in Indiana, ships them to a subsidiary in Mexico for assembly, then sells the product in California, with each border crossing called “trade” — a very large component of world “trade.” We did not call it “trade” when parts were produced in Leningrad, assembled in Poland, and sold in Moscow, all within the Soviet command economy. The concept of “trade” is further illuminated by events taking place right now. The World Bank has just ruled that the Canadian mining corporation Pacific Rim can proceed with its case against El Salvador for trying to preserve lands and communities from highly destructive gold mining. Under the investor rights agreements, the crime of imposing environmental constraints can be punished on the grounds that it harms potential profits. Predatory corporations must be guaranteed the right to destroy for profit, whatever the human cost. That is only a tiny sample of what is called “trade,” a category designed, not surprisingly, to enhance the power and privilege of the designers. The public should be concerned, informed, and engaged.”

What Is The TPP? Video

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Fair trade! not free trade!

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Fair trade! Not free trade! Join Labor and community groups for a kick–off press conference/ Protest Rally  Monday July 2nd – 12 pm  Park adjacent to Hilton Bayfront and Convention Center  Trans Pacific Trade… Continue reading

No Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, Action Meeting Los Angeles, Koreatown’s Immigrant Workers Alliance

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The 13th round of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) will be held in San Diego, CA July 2-10th. Often referred to as the “NAFTA of the Pacific,” the TPP is what… Continue reading

OSD Free Education Collective Discussion – June 16th

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OSD Free Education Collective invites you to a discussion titled “How the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) puts the interests of multinational corporations above those of working people, the environment, and the sovereignty of national… Continue reading

Wide Coalition Planning Meeting on Friday, June 15th

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Join us at 6:30pm at the Peace Resource Center (we originally planned to meet at Kakatoa) but due to growing interest on this topic and our collaboration with Peace and Justice Coalition we will… Continue reading

Want to meet with a secret international TPP negotiator?

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July 2 will be the first day of the TPP Stakeholder meeting. The general public (us) are able to register for free to this event. By registering we are going to be able to attend… Continue reading

Thanks!

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Many thanks to the overwhelming support we have already received in making this series of events happen from area groups and organizations. We are particularly thankful for our official endorsements from the General… Continue reading