“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
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.”
From Occupy San Diego Official Site: http://www.sandiegooccupy.org/node/309
Inspired to Act? Do It In Sunny San Diego!
NO to TPP “Free Trade” YES to Sustainable Local Economies and Food Sovereignty
by Occupy San Diego & Occupy City Heights
We are waking up. The fog is lifting. We are sweeping away the bullshit.
From July 2 to July 10, the political leaders of the Pacific Rim nations are meeting in San Diego to turn the Pacific Ocean and its peoples into a giant privatized corporate lake characterized by non-union workers, Wal-Mart supply chain feeders, poisoned, landless agricultural laborers, a dying biodiversity, and rising, drowning sea levels. We cannot and will not let this happen.
The TPP meeting is officially referred to as the 13th Round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Talks. The nations involved are the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Chile, and Peru. Japan, Mexico and Canada have indicated a desire to join. The economic power of this group is more than 40% larger than the 27-nation European Union. The claimed purpose of TPP is to promote development and create jobs.
However, this meeting is in fact one of the final conclaves to secretly negotiate the economic structural adjustments necessary to appease the world’s largest multinational banks and multi-unit corporations. Make no mistake, these talks have nothing to do with free trade between equal nations. Rather, they are negotiations being conducted on behalf of these corporations and banks by their willing and highly-paid governments (supported by their militaries and police departments) to systematize the exploitation of the Pacific Rim peoples and increase the capital acquisition rates of the 1%. The essence of these talks is to privatize natural resources (despite the wishes of the world’s indigenous peoples;) restructure each country’s trade, labor, environmental, and finance laws; and reduce or eradicate social services to the people. These policies are known the world over as neoliberalism. Historically, they have been instituted around the world ever since the brutal taking of power in Chile, on September 11, 1973, by the fascist regime of General Augusto Pinochet. These policies, thus experimented with, spread to countries as widespread as the U.K., the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Indonesia, Russia, Poland, Sri Lanka, and now Greece. They have been implemented by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, a plethora of “Free Trade” treaties (such as NAFTA), and various militaries. Enough is enough! ¡Ya basta
The General Assemblies of Occupy San Diego and Occupy City Heights hereby invites our communities, our regional neighbors, and our co-inhabitants of Earth, in general, to join us in both protesting the TPP and also in creating a new world. We will march with pots and pans, and drums. (Can you hear me now?) We will sponsor an international week-long conference and roundtables on what is wrong with the TPP Pact and what are the people’s alternatives.
Something Is Cooking In San Diego. Get Out Your Pots and Pans and March. Come Exchange Knowledge at Our OSD Conference and Roundtables.
¡Que Viva la Gente! We are the 99%!
CONTACT US: firstname.lastname@example.org 06/02/2012
We welcome all Occupations to join us, to coordinate plans in San Diego and/or their own towns.
Website, guests, and invitation to the conference coming soon (as well as multilingual material) anyone interested email us email@example.com