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Corporate Accountability International has launched a petition for US citizens to ask their senators to demand a copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership text. The public has been shut out of the negotiations of this gargantuan "free trade" agreement (though corporations and industry groups are giving their input), and leaked text has shown disturbing threats to our health, environment, jobs, and an open internet. The international Fair Deal campaign has recently launched to take on the latter and prevent changes to copyright laws.
Japan is the latest country to join the TPP talks, now wrapping up its 17th round in Lima, Peru. According to Reuters, Japan's inclusion "would cover nearly 40% of global economic output and one-third of all world trade."
Sandy is part of The Corporation's grassroots team and has been working on the film's outreach efforts since 2003.|
Romney wasn't the only loser on election night. American voters resoundedly walloped Citizens United and the notion of corporate personhood by easily passing measures around the country to amend the Constitution and overturn the ruling.
At local and state levels, residents across party lines emphatically rejected the ruling that unleashed a tide of corporate spending in elections — and won every time! Even red states like Montana and Colorado that went to Romney saw a landslide of support with majorities of 70% and more.
The drive to get these initiatives on the ballot came from a coalition of groups including Move To Amend, Free Speech Is For People, and Common Cause. Kudos to all the volunteers and grassroots supporters who helped get them passed in their communities! Hopefully, this high level of support will send a strong message to Congress and push them into action.
Over 118,000 people have signed the petition to ensure the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) does not create an Internet trap!
Now, Open Media is hosting a live online question-and-answer session about the TPP and other Internet issues with leading advocates and experts. Check out their info below...
Do you have a question about the future of the Internet? Want to learn more about secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership's (TPP) Internet trap? Have an idea for how we can reach more people with the StopTheTrap.net campaign?
We’re here all day (9 AM – 7 PM Eastern)! Join us here and contribute to what is surely the most exciting movement of our time: Internet freedom.
This blog is cross-posted on Hello Cool World.
NEWSFLASH - VANCOUVERITES DON'T MISS THE FINAL SCREENING OF SHADOWS OF LIBERTY TONIGHT AT VIFF. This is an amazing film, and a must-see for anyone who cares about independant media. Mark Achbar describes the film as "taking up where Manufacturing Consent Left off" and "the best films on this topic so far." Check out the film. ShadowsofLiberty.org It ends with a call to action for the fight to keep the internet free!
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Stop the Trap! Send a message to governments involved in the TPP to make the process transparent, accountable, and open to public participation and to all interested stakeholders.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) has been described as "NAFTA on steroids," a trade agreement designed in secret by lobbyists from big corporations and industry. The breathtaking power grab would allow them to essentially write their own regulations and circumvent democracy, granting them powers over our health, environment, internet use, labour rights, and more. The countries involved in negotiations are United States, Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.
When Big Tobacco/Oil/Media/Pharma/Agriculture/Retail and other corporations get together to party, we know we're in for one hell of a hangover.
The Corporation volunteer and guest blogger, Srinidhi, from India, writes about "The Escaper Principle" and how corporations tried to get away with the Bhopal disaster
As the tremors of economic instability continue worldwide, I often wonder: How did we get here? How is it that the so called intellectual "leaders" can't wrap their heads around the truth every layperson I meet seems to have figured out? Why is it that the same conventional wisdom that drove our economies off a cliff continues to proliferate? So I had to ask what the people in a MBA school, at the root of our financial institutions, are taught in the most famous and mandatory ‘Risk Management’ course.
The Escaper Principle, is the answer I found.
A few weeks ago, I learnt that risk management quite actually means ‘escaping’ the risk of getting the name of a corporation tainted. This is where the disconnect and, frankly, the delusional recipe for the modern day pandemic of corporate caused economic/environmental/social disasters stem from. 'Risk Management' certainly doesn’t mean reducing the risk the activities of a corporation pose on our Nations, our planet, or the health and welfare of our fellow human beings. It is the economic equivalent of Survival of the fittest. It's dehumanizing Social Darwinism as policy. Get yours and the consequences are someone else's problem. Displace the damage from your responsibility, never admit your crime, and deny any negative results from your company's actions.
|David Ng is a Hello Cool World veteran with experience going back a decade. David first worked with us when he was just 14 years old as a participant in the youth advisory group for the sexual health education program Condomania. Now an accomplished videographer passionate about the issues of gender and power, he is currently on sabbatical in South Africa while he pursues a Masters in Gender Studies with a focus on international developme|