Green Shadow Cabinet Joins Critical Struggle To Defeat The Trans-Pacific Partnership


The Green Shadow Cabinet stands united in opposition to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and is committed to defeating this Obama administration effort to enrich and empower global corporations at the expense of people and planet.

For three years, the Obama administration has engaged in 16 rounds of secret negotiations to develop the TPP. Those negotiations have included hundreds of representatives of global corporations. The TPP negotiations have excluded representatives of the vast majority of the American people. It is a fact that the TPP is global economic policy for the 1%, at the expense of the 99%.

Today, all five branches and 81 members of the Green Shadow Cabinet begin to act in concert to not only defeat the TPP, but to show America that another government with another global economic agenda is possible. There is an alternative to the corrupt political establishment that produces economic terrors like the TPP. Our Cabinet is proof of that alternative.

Daily this week, the Green Shadow Cabinet will release over a dozen statements in opposition to the TPP; these statements describe the threats posed by the TPP, and offer better alternatives. This month, our Cabinet members will begin participating in the broader movement against the TPP through actions and events across the United States and urge all Americans to join this effort. We are bringing our networks and communities into this critical struggle.

THE TPP THREATENS ALL OF US

If you oppose the industrial farming practices of Monsanto, Cargill and other giant food and agribusiness corporations, with their intense use of toxic herbicides and other harmful chemicals, production of untested genetically modified food, efforts to control the seed supply and patent life, their pollution of the water, air, soil and food supply, then you must oppose the TPP.

If you oppose the actions of the big banks and financial institutions that led to the world economic crash, exploding wealth inequality, risky investments that endanger the economic future, and their ability to dominate national economies, then you must oppose the TPP.

If you are committed to protecting the rights of working people to a living wage, the right to organize, and to safe working conditions, then you must oppose the TPP.

If you favor a free and open Internet where free speech is protected and creativity and communication flourish, then you must oppose the TPP.

If you understand that healthcare is a human right and that the inflated prices of pharmaceutical drugs should not be protected by law, then you must oppose the TPP.

If you want to see the air, waters and lands protected from toxic chemicals and pollution, and know that the ecological crisis of species extinction and environmental breakdown must be reversed, then you must oppose the TPP.

If you would live in a world where local, state, and national governments are allowed to take urgent action to deal with the global climate crisis, and to implement a Green New Deal, then you must oppose the TPP.

We look forward to working with you in the coming months to defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership and to prevent its sister trade agreement, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, from following the same path. The first step is to stop enactment of Trade Promotion Authority legislation, also known as “Fast Track,” that would prevent Congress from holding hearings on the TPP or amending the TPP. There must be no end-run around the Constitution, or the right of the American people to petition the government for redress.

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  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Marc Armstrong, Secretary of Commerce
  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Ajamu Baraka, Public Intervenor for Human Rights
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  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Lee Camp, Commissioner for the Comedic Arts
  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Olveen Carrasquillo, Assistant Secretary of Health for Health Equity
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  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>David Cobb, Commission on Corporations and Democracy, Chair
  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Khalilah Collins, Public Intervenor for Social Justice
  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Christopher Cox, Political Ecology Advisor to the President
  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Michael Crenshaw, People's Culture Bureau, Work Progress Administration
  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Maureen Cruise, Assistant Secretary of Health for Community Wellbeing
  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Ronnie Cummins, Administrator, Food and Drug Administration
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  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Mark Dunlea, White House Office of Climate and Agriculture, Director
  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Steve Early, Workers Power Administration, Administrator
  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Robert Fitrakis, Federal Elections Commission, Chair
  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Margaret Flowers, Secretary of Health
  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>George Friday, Commission on Community Power, Chair
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  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Ben Manski, White House Chief of Staff
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  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Gloria Mattera, Assistant Secretary of Health for Public Health Education
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  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>David McReynolds, Peace Advisor to the President
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  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Michael Ratner, Division of Civil, Social & Economic Rights, Director
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  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Bruce Trigg, Assistant Secretary of Health for Drug Policy
  • mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Walter Tsou, Surgeon General
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