StopFastTrack.com highlights how secretive trade deal "threatens everything you care about: democracy, jobs, the environment, and the Internet."
With the launch of StopFastTrack.com, the organizations highlight how renewal of Fast Track legislation, also known as Trade Legislation Authority, would take away Congress' democratic power in deliberating and amending the TPP, which thus far has been negotiated behind closed doors, with the only information about it being provided through leaks.
The site states that the TPP "threatens everything you care about: democracy, jobs, the environment, and the Internet."
The diverse coalition of groups that have united in this mission include environmental groupRainforest Action Network, digital rights defenders Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), theCommunication Workers of America (CWA) union, the Organic Consumers Association and open Internet defenders Open Media International.
The new site gives a platform to each of the organizations' perspectives on why people should call their representatives to tell them to put the brakes on Fast Track, and why they should oppose the trade deal dubbed "NAFTA on steroids."
"We oppose Fast Track because TPP was constructed in secret, and undermines the open Internet, and labor and environmental standards," reads the statement from progressive organizing group Demand Progress.
Climate campaign group 350.org adds: "We oppose Fast Track because the TPP would give corporations incentive to dig up and burn more fossil fuels, making climate change much worse."
In addition to the site launch, members of the "unlikely coalition" used the first of 10 days of action to stop Fast Track to participate in an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session on reddit, one of the organizations that also joins the coalition.
During the AMA, Evan Greer of Fight for the Future pointed out that "the TPP would put corporations on equal footing to governments, and allow them to sue governments for any potential future loss of profit."
Twitter users used the platform on Wednesday to highlight the problems with Fast Track and the TPP as well:
CWA devised a simple plan for which they were uniquely suited: drag TPP out of the shadows and into the light - one city at a time - using a medium they understand intimately: Daily Newspapers!
Two CWA members - Dave Felice in Denver, CO and Madelyn Elder in Portland, OR have started the ball rolling. We just need to keep up the momentum leading up to a big day of petition deliveries in January.
Step 1 is to send an Op-Ed to your Daily Newspaper.
If you have a Twitter account you can help stop Fast Track on the TPP. Sign-in to your Twitter account and copy and paste the Tweets from our Twitter storm. Or you can copy your favorite Tweet and then click on the map and Tweet your legislator.
Twitter Storm Tweets for Tuesday, January 28th @ 9pm Eastern
Tweets for the special State of the Union Twitter Storm will be posted on January 28th at 8pm EST. Check back for the new Tweets.
Click here to quickly find your member of Congress by putting in your home address. This site also features a one-click link to the same information in Spanish
Then call and ask them to oppose Fast Track on the Trans Pacific Partnership.
Sample script is below.
“I'm a constituent, and I am strongly opposed to my representative giving away Congress’ constitutional authority to control our trade policy. We send people to Congress to stand up for us, not give away their power to stop more American job offshoring and protect us from dangerous imported food that doesn’t meet our safety standards. This latest so-called trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), would not only do that - but also ban Buy American and increase our medicine prices. That’s why it’s crucial that Congress not give away its authority to make sure every provision of TPP is in our interest before this massive deal can be signed. Good trade deals don’t need to be railroaded through Congress using Fast Track. I hope my representative will commit to opposing this outrageous legislation.”
Send an email directly to your Senators and Representatives courtesy of our partners at CWA. Enter your zip code and your members are automatically selected.
MoveOn.org Petition - Congress Don't Renew Fast Track
Pulic Citizen Petition - Congress Must Reject Fast Track Authority
MoveOn.org Petition - Stop the Trans Pacific Partnership
CREDO Petition - Stop the Massive Corporate Power Grab
If your Senator(s) and/or Representative is not currently opposed to Fast Track, they may not completely understand all the implications. Nothing sends a stronger message to a Congressional member than a personal visit to a district office by a voter with a written request. Phone calls and emails are incredibly important but nothing gets attention like a personal visit. Our Educate Congress page has information and a sample letter. Print the letter, sign it, deliver it.
Congress only has one more week in session this year, the week of December 9. So far our pressure to stop the TPP has been working. Visit Flush the TPP for calling scripts and links to Members of the Ways and Means Committee.
Flush the TPP