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Council of Canadians pledges to Flush the TPP (and you can too)

The Council of Canadians is one of 30 organizational sponsors (so far) of a new pledge to Flush the TPP — to take action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations globally between now and a planned September round that will in all likelihood take place in Vancouver. The Flush the TPP campaign is still accepting organizational and individual sign-ons. Click on the image to learn more.

The new Flush the TPP website, which is focused on action against the secretive 12-country corporate rights deal, explains:

The TPP affects many issues, including worker’s rights and wages, environmental collapse and climate change, sovereignty of nations and democratic rule of law, Internet freedom and online creativity, food safety and agriculture, healthcare and financial regulation (including controls over the flow of capital), and much more.

The site includes an action page where groups can find actions and events against the TPP across North America, or submit their own events. Wondering what you can do in your community to shed some light on the TPP? There are many suggestions for actions here, including #TPPTuesday — a Twitter hashtag and useful tool if you’re planning a rally outside an MP’s office, for example.

More immediately, Global Exchange is encouraging people to join its #TPPTuesday Social Media Action Team, an online effort to promote and expand the growing movement against the next “NAFTA on Steroids.” You can pledge to support TPPTuesday here, which puts you on a list to receive links, photos, videos and articles about the movement to defeat the TPP which you can share on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

The Flush the TPP campaign complements the cross-border collaboration that has already taken place under the TPPxBorder network, which was launched at a rally at the British Columbia-Washington State border in December 2012 and held actions in Vancouver and San Francisco last month during elusive TPP mini-negotiations in both cities.

We hope to confirm soon whether the 19th TPP negotiating round will take place in Vancouver as rumoured at the end of August and early September. Fair trade activists in B.C. and the northeastern United States are already discussing how to challenge this corporate rights deal in solidarity with international allies.