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Over 50 Groups. One Call: 'Stop Fast Track' of TPP

Written by  Andrea Germanos | Common Dreams
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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:

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Trans Pacific Partnership Fast Track - Where Does Your Legislator Stand

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DeLauro 13 - Signed 2013 DeLauro/Miller letter
Pocan - Signed Freshman Letter Opposing Fast Track
W/M - Signed Ways and Means Letter opposing TPP
Gibson - Signed Rep. Chris Gibson letter opposing TPP
SOPA - Oppose Stop Online Piracy Act - voted against
Currency - Oppose Currency Manipulation (Signed Michaud Letter)
Textile - Oppose changes to "First Yarn" (Signed Textile Industry Letter)

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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.

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