Warning: there are many words and only one image on this post.  Words below are about politics, not photography. (But I like this opportunity to share the above image…)
You should know that there’s a trade agreement being finalized which will devastate the rights and wallets of citizens in the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and any other signatory country.  Whether you are conservative or progressive, this will alarm you:

  • The agreement has 29 chapters, only 5 of which are about trade. The other 24 chapters require participant countries’ laws must take a back seat to the trade law.
  • This trade agreement is secret. The only eyes that can see it are those of 600 corporations, but not the US Congress.
  • This trade agreement requires participant countries’ taxpayers to compensate corporations if the corporation convinces an independent tribunal that it will lose “expected future” profits.
  • No more “buy LOCAL” when it comes to government contracts.
  • Internet, health and environmental protections are threatened.

If you think the above cannot possibly be true, I thought the same. But it’s true. Here is a video interview about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.  There are many other videos about people in participant countries protesting the TPP (click here).

If you want to know more, you can visit this website about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and also this website to learn about the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (US & EU countries).

The US President wants a fast-track up/down vote on this treaty this fall!  If you’re a US citizen and you want to tell your Representative what you think about this, just click here & enter your zip code. To contact your Senators, just click here & pick your state.

This is important.  What do you have to lose?

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