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4 Days to Stop the Corporate Death Star - Avaaz Petition

Business  (tags: world, abuse, environment, corporate lobbyists, ethics, oil, money, lies, government, investments )

- 2045 days ago -
Big business has a new plan to fatten their pockets: a giant global pact, with an international tribunal to enforce it, that is kept top secret for years (even from our lawmakers!) and then brought down like a Death Star on our democracies.

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H Nick H (1826)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 10:27 pm
Noted and signed. As I have said many times before, we are becoming the UNITED CORPORATIONS OF AMERICA. And with a hand fulll of billionaires running the republican campaign, they are set to control all of us soon. This will be the beginning of the end of the USA as we know it. Think Dark Ages.

Wednesday September 12, 2012, 10:28 pm
Signed and noted, thanks.

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 10:42 pm
Signed this morning Thanks

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 12:35 am
Noted and tried to sign but my company prohibits this site.

P A (117)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 2:42 am
Signed and forwarded - thanks Carrie!

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 3:18 am
Signed TY Carrie

Diane B (275)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 4:36 am
signed thanks Carrie dear

Carol H (229)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 5:12 am
signed and noted

Michela M (3964)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 9:06 am

Thanks!!! Posted in:  ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
in:  Planet/Oceans/Seas/Water/Ant-Arctic/Bees 26Petitions - Urgent!!!!! New!!!
Please Join and Invite friends to Join
ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
together with Sumatran Tigers (Java and Bali Tigers already EXTINCT), Elephants, Rhinos, CloudedLeopards, SunBears, Wildlife, Biodiversity they face Extinction!! Only 300 Sumatran Tigers left on Earth!!! 300 Football Fields of Rainforests are CLEARED every hour in SE Asia to produce Palm Oil: a hidden, not labelled, unhealthy ingredient in the products we buy. We MUST do WHATEVER is possible to SAVE them all!! Against: Corporate Control, Deforestation, Illegal Logging, Pet Trade, Pollution, CO2Emissions, Indigenous Peoples Displacement, Global Warming!!  Also other Primates, as Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Gibbons, and Monkeys for Vivisection are dealt in this Group. Petitions/Info/Videos/Pics are here.
Please!! Join, Sign, Invite friends to Join!! Individually: we are one DROP, all together: we are an OCEAN!! ALL together we can make a difference!! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world -Margaret Mead Thanks!! Michela

Victoria P (113)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 10:11 am
Signed with thanks

Robert O (12)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 11:33 am
Have signed. Thank you!

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 11:34 am
I signed, please also sign a PETITION I had left a few months ago on this.
Trade Deal Worse Than NAFTA Sign Petition
It is not really that complicated. If you are a giant U.S. corporation, you can either make stuff here, or you can make stuff overseas where it is far, far less expensive to do so.

To greedy corporate executives, there are a lot of advantages to moving operations out of the country....

*It is legal to pay slave labor wages in many of these other countries. After all, why pay an American worker 10 or 20 times as much as a worker on the other side of the globe?

*In many of these other countries you do not have to provide any health care for workers.

*In many of these other countries there are virtually no environmental controls to worry about.

*In many of these other countries there are virtually no labor standards to worry about.

*In many of these other countries you only have to deal with a fraction of the "red tape" that you have to deal with in the United States.

By merging our economies with the economies of societies that are far different from our own, we have created a "race to the bottom" that is incredibly destructive to the U.S. economy.

In Vietnam, one dollar an hour is considered to be a very good wage.

So how do you plan to compete against that?

Apparently, one of the goals of the TPP is to reduce all trade tariffs among member nations to zero by the year 2015. The proponents of "free trade" are absolutely thrilled.

We are literally destroying the American economy and this TPP agreement is only going to hasten it along.

JL A (281)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 11:37 am
Thanks Carrie--three posts to get as many as possible is better than none on this important issue!

Muriel Servaege (53)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 11:51 am
Signed and shared. TY, Carrie.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 12:00 pm
The impetus for NAFTA actually began with President Ronald Reagan, who campaigned on a North American common market.

NAFTA was signed by President George H.W. Bush, Mexican President Salinas, and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1992.

It was ratified by the legislatures of the three countries in 1993. The U.S. House of Representatives approved it by 234 to 200 on November 17, 1993.

The U.S. Senate approved it by 60 to 38 on November 20, three days later. It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on December 8, 1993 and entered force January 1, 1994.

Although it was signed by President Bush, it was a priority of President Clinton's.

So we can thank BOTH Parties for giving us this disaster that has come about since NAFTA has been signed in.

No one could of made a more clearer statement than Ross Perot when he said, NAFTA was not a two way street would create a “giant sucking sound” of jobs going south to the cheap labor markets of Mexico.

Perot has been vindicated in his opinion; expanded free trade has not been accompanied by an increase in jobs in the U.S. relative to the vast numbers of jobs created in the rest of the world as NAFTA became just a stepping stone on the pathway to global commerce.

Manufacturing jobs lost each year starting with 1992 are equivalent to the U.S. goods trade deficits over the past 19 years. There has been a cumulative job loss, amounting to almost 29 million jobs by the end of 2010.
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And now we have TPP that is expected to be worse!


Dalia H (1280)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 12:46 pm
Thanks for signing the petition to stop the corporate Death Star.
signed and noted. Thank You so much for sharing!
Much Love and Light

Ann P (17)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:01 pm
Noted & signed. L♥ve ☮ Peace.

Lynda Mcmillan (11)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:32 pm
Signed and shared! :)

Gene J (290)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:37 pm
I signed it but I'm not sure it is what people think. I also googled it. The results of that search are below. It seems to be a governmental conference, not a secret plot. Updates on each of the meetings that have been held are posted on their site. The ALCU is one of the members of the committee along with many unions - those are all listed below too.

It is the Trans Pacific Partnership, official trade negotiations between our government and others. This seems like normal business for governments, unless I missing something, I don't see any secret cabal doing anything here? That IS an official American governmental website above.

Sunday’s participants in the direct engagement event are expected to be as follows:

American Automotive Policy Council
Action on Smoking and Health
American Apparel & Footwear Association
American Association of Exporters and Importers
American Chemistry Council
American Civil Liberties Union
American Jobs Alliance
American Medical Student Association
American University, Washington College of Law
Animales Libertarios
Arent Fox/Rubber and Plastic Footwear Manufacturers Association
Association of American Publishers
Australian Council of Trade Unions
Business Software Alliance
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Cato Institute
Cattle Council of Australia
Center for Democracy & Technology
Citizens Trade Campaign
Communication Workers of America
Consumers International
Copyright Alliance
CropLife America
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Elon University School of Law
Emergency Committee for American Trade
Express Association of America
Friends of the Earth
Fulton Bank
Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Georgetown University
Global Intellectual Property Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Global Justice for Animals and the Environment
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Health GAP
Information Technology Industry Council
Innovarte Universidad Mayor
Institute for Policy Innovation
Intel Corporation/Global Public Policy
International Intellectual Property Alliance
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Dairy Food Association
International Labor Rights Forum
Knowledge Ecology International
Los Alamos Technical Associates/Virginia District Export Council
Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
Loudoun County Department of Economic Development
McGraw-Hill Companies
Motion Picture Association of America
MSF/Doctors Without Borders
National Association of Manufacturers
National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices
National Council of Textile Organizations
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
National Family Farm Coalition
National Milk Producers Federation / U.S. Dairy Export Council
National Oilseed Processors Association
New Balance Athletic Shoe
New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Northeastern University School of Law
ONG Derechos Digitales
Oregon Fair Trade Campaign
Oxfam America
Penn United Technologies
Peruvians in Action, New York
PLATTS / McGraw-Hill
Policy Bandwidth
Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
Public Citizen
Public Citizen – Global Trade Watch
Public Knowledge
Semiconductor Industry Association
Sierra Club
Software & Information Industry Association
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Third Way
Third World Network
Thorsen French Advocacy/International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Council for International Business
U.S. Lumber Coalition
U.S. – ASEAN Business Council
United Steelworkers
Verizon / CWA Local 2300 (May merge with CWA table)
Wiley Rein LLP
World Wildlife Fund

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 3:17 pm

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 3:28 pm
The 2005 Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement is called a multilateral free trade agreement that claims to aim to further liberalize the economies of the Asia-Pacific region. In 2007, negotiations began for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a significantly expanded version of the agreement, encompassing a larger group of countries.

These ongoing negotiations have drawn criticism and protest from the public and elected officials, in part due to the secrecy of the negotiations and a number of controversial clauses in draft agreements leaked to the public. 'Of the 26 chapters under negotiation, only a few have to do directly with trade. The other chapters enshrine new rights and privileges for major corporations while weakening the power of nation states to oppose them.

A number of U.S. Congresspeople, including Senator Bernard Sanders and Representatives Henry Waxman, Sander M. Levin, John Conyers, Jim McDermott, John Lewis, Pete Stark, Charles B. Rangel, Earl Blumenauer, and Lloyd Doggett, have expressed concerns about the effect the TPP requirements would have on access to medicine.

In particular, they are concerned that the TPP focuses on protecting intellectual property to the detriment of efforts to provide access to affordable medicine in the developing world, particularly Vietnam, going against the foreign policy goals of the Obama administration and previous administrations. Additionally, they worry that the TPP would not be flexible enough to accommodate existing non-discriminatory drug reimbursement programs and the diverse health systems of member countries.

In May 2012, a group of 30 legal scholars, critical of the Office of the United States Trade Representative's "biased and closed" TPP negotiation process and proposed intellectual property-related provisions, publicly called upon Ambassador Kirk to uphold democratic ideals by reversing the "dialing back" of stakeholder participation and to release negotiating texts for public scrutiny.

The law professors claimed that leaked documents show that the USTR is "pushing numerous standards that could require changes in current U.S. statutory law" and that the proposal is "manifestly unbalanced—it predominantly proposes increases in proprietor rights, with no effort to expand the limitations and exceptions to such rights that are needed in the U.S. and abroad to serve the public interest.

"The group claimed that the negotiations excluded stakeholders such as "consumers, libraries, students, health advocacy or patient groups, or others users of intellectual property" and that it only offered "minimal representation of other affected businesses, such as generic drug manufacturers or Internet service providers."

Monica D (580)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 7:07 pm

Emily Drew (88)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 7:47 pm
Signed and noted, thank you!

Leen Kel (42)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 11:44 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks.

alicia m (97)
Friday September 14, 2012, 12:23 am
noted,signed, gracias y gracias michela

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Friday September 14, 2012, 3:06 am
Signed and noted thanks

Linda W (32)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 6:37 am
Awful! Signed.

Lisa W (143)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 3:28 pm
S&N thanks Michela and Carrie!
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