Though this year’s toxic presidential contest still hangs in the balance, progressive activists are already gearing up for another battle this month — defeating the TPP.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, comprising the U.S. and eleven other countries collectively making up 40 percent of the world economy, represents a tremendous expansion of corporate power that experts warn would greatly erode nation-state sovereignty, particularly through it’s controversial investor state dispute settlement resolution.
The agreement is the brainchild of hundreds of trade representatives and corporate lawyers, crafted in secret over several years. It would lower safeguards on aspects ranging from food quality to the environment to medicine access in one of the most comprehensive trade deals in history.
Yet precisely because the TPP covers so many issues, a diverse array of groups ranging from labor unions to environmentalists to Black Lives Matter have coalesced to squash it when it’s expected to come up for ratification in next week’s lame duck session — which some groups say will happen no matter who wins the presidency on Tuesday.
Legislators, particularly those on their way out from office, are less responsive to constituents during lame duck period, making it easier for President Obama and lobbyist to press their case.
With this in mind, activists around the country are readying for a final push of rallies and actions to…