A Call-Out from Bernie Sanders & His Bernie for U.S. President campaign
Posted July 6th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
(A Brief Foreword from NAL publisher Doug Draper – Bernie Sanders’ concerns about the potentially destructive impact this trade deal could have on everyday Americans applies just as much to Canadians if Canada’s Trudeau government signs this Harper negotiated deal. So why aren’t Canadians expressing more concern?)
Burlington, Vermont – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (has) urged Democratic Party platform writers to take a stand against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed 12-nation trade pact that he said would have “disastrous” consequences for U.S. workers and the environment.
“The Democratic Party must go on record in opposition to holding a vote on the trade deal during the lame duck session of Congress and beyond,” Sanders said. “This is about preventing the outsourcing of jobs, protecting the environment, stopping pharmaceutical companies from increasing the price of prescription drugs, preserving our democracy and respecting human rights.”
At a platform drafting meeting last weekend in St. Louis, Missouri, Hillary Clinton’s representatives voted against a proposal to put the party on record against a vote in Congress on the trade deal. On the presidential campaign trail, however, both Clinton and Sanders opposed the agreement.
Sanders’ supporters plan to bring the trade deal up again when the full Platform Committee meets in Orlando, Florida, in early July and, if necessary, at the full convention later next month in Philadelphia.
“During the next days and weeks we will reach out to a large grassroots movement of working people, environmentalists, human rights advocates and religious groups to support an amendment to the platform in strong opposition to the TPP,” Sanders said. “If we succeed, we will be in a very strong position to stop a vote and to fundamentally rewrite our trade agreements in order to end the race to the bottom and to lift up the living standards of people in this country and throughout the world,” Sanders said
Every major trade union in the United States opposes the agreement that would make it easier for corporations to throw Americans out on the street and move factories to low-wage countries like Vietnam where the minimum wage is just 65 cents an hour.
Environmental groups oppose the pact because it would make it easier for some of the biggest polluters in the world to despoil the planet. Major religious groups say the deal would reward some of the biggest human rights violators in the world. Doctors Without Borders is strongly opposed because the agreement would raise prescription drug prices by making lower-cost generic drugs harder to buy.
The agreement also would give multi-national corporations the ability to challenge our nation’s labor and environmental laws if these laws would reduce expected future profits.
The following is from a U.S. citizens Watchdog group hoping to get a commitment from the Democratic Party to deep six this Trade Deal as it is currently written
This could be a tipping point in the fight against the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
Despite Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’s shared opposition to the trade deal, the DNC’s Platform Drafting Committee recently rejected an amendment to put clear opposition to the TPP into the Democratic platform.
Now we have an urgent opportunity: The larger Democratic Platform Committee meets on July 8 and 9 in Orlando to finalize the party platform.
With a loud enough uproar, we can get the committee to reverse course and put the anti-TPP amendment into the official Democratic platform.
It’s been clear from day one that the TPP is a huge giveaway for multinational corporations.
It puts at risk virtually every safeguard against corporate wrongdoing, from environmental protections to fair labor standards to strong rules reining in Wall Street.
That’s why Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, a large majority of congressional Democrats, and almost every environmental, labor, Internet freedom, and Wall Street accountability group stand united against the TPP.
The TPP would even let corporations use private “investor-state dispute settlement” tribunals to challenge U.S. laws they claim harm their “expectations” of future profits!
Getting the Democratic Party officially on record against the TPP will be key to stopping this deal for good.
The TPP is not just bad policy, it’s bad politics.
Voters have shown throughout the primaries that they’re furious about trade deals that ship jobs overseas for the benefit of huge corporations.
And Donald Trump has made it clear that he wants to win “rust belt” states like Ohio by attacking Democrats on the issue of free trade. Why hand Trump a weapon by not standing strongly against the TPP?
After you sign, make sure to share this petition with your friends so we can send the strongest possible message. After you sign, make sure to share this petition with your friends so we can send the strongest possible message.
The deadline to get the signatures in is TODAY, and then we’ll deliver the petition to the platform committee.
Kate and the team at Watchdog.net
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