Stop the Corporate Death Star
To all the governments negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement:
As concerned global citizens, we call on you to make the TPP process transparent and accountable to all, and to reject any plans that limit our governments' power to regulate in the public interest. The TPP is a threat to democracy, undermining national sovereignty, workers' rights, environmental protections and Internet freedom. We urge you to reject this corporate takeover.
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Big business is getting ready to uncloak a giant Death Star on our democracies -- a hemisphere-spanning super-top-secret weapon they’ve been crafting for years with a quasi-court designed to zap our laws wherever they put people over profit. Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Walmart and almost 600 corporate lobbyists are in on the draft that even our lawmakers can’t see, let alone the public or media -- so they’ve packed it with limits on smoking laws, affordable medicines, free speech on the Net, and a special death ray that can challenge virtually any regulation we put on their power.
Lobbyists are finalizing a deal with government ministers next week -- unless we stop them. Several countries are struggling to beat the lobbyists back. If we fortify them with outcries in each of our countries and push talks out of their turf and into ours -- open dialogue -- we could scuttle the talks. Let's get two million against the global corporate takeover. Sign and forward widely -- when we reach 2 million signers we'll bring a replica Death Star to the capitals on the fence.