Monthly Archives: March 2015

LEAKED: Secret Trade Document Reveals Weak Environmental Standards

The veil has finally been lifted from the controversial environment chapter of what could be the largest free trade pact in history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. Thanks to WikiLeaks, who posted a draft of the chapter today, we can finally see the text that has been kept from the public for nearly four years.

And sadly, what we’re seeing is not pretty.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose

By Elizabeth Warren February 25 at 8:38 PM

Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, represents Massachusetts in the Senate.

The United States is in the final stages of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free-trade agreement with Mexico, Canada, Japan, Singapore and seven other countries. Who will benefit from the TPP? American workers? Consumers? Small businesses? Taxpayers? Or the biggest multinational corporations in the world?

One strong hint is buried in the fine print of the closely guarded draft. Theprovision, an increasingly common feature of trade agreements, is called “Investor-State Dispute Settlement,” or ISDS. The name may sound mild, but don’t be fooled. Agreeing to ISDS in this enormous new treaty would tilt the playing field in the United States further in favor of big multinational corporations. Worse, it would undermine U.S. sovereignty.

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Last updated April  2018

Track and contact your representatives
New York has two senators in the US Senate and 27 representatives in the US House of Representatives. gives you maps of congressional districts, helps you find your representative and see how they voted, and shows you how to contact them when you need to tell them your opinion. You can also track the status of federal legislation, and see original research on bills and votes.

Labor Rights
ILRF works with trade unions, faith-based organizations, and community groups to support workers and their families.  Leading on initiatives such as making apparel factories safe in Bangladesh; stopping the exploitation of children in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan; increasing the income of farm workers in the cocoa fields of West Africa; developing labor law clinics in China; and supporting threatened union leaders in Latin America’s banana sector.

Blog on ISDS run by Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.
The aim of this blog is to be a source of knowledge and information on the dispute resolution method ISDS (Investor-state Dispute Settlement).

Summary of objectives for the NAFTA renegotiation
This is the official summary of the original objectives for the NAFTA renegotiation- written in July 2017 from the Office of the United States Trade Representative

Lexology newsletters on NAFTA
This series, run by legal experts is designed to provide people in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any action taken by the Trump Administration, Congress, and/or federal governmental agencies with respect to the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”).

Global Citizen’s Eyes On Trade. 
Eyes on Trade is a blog by the staff of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch (GTW) division. GTW aims to promote democracy by challenging corporate globalization, arguing that the current globalization model is neither a random inevitability nor “free trade.” Eyes on Trade is a space for interested parties to share information about globalization and trade issues, and in particular for us to share our watchdogging insights with you! GTW director Lori Wallach’s initial post explains it all.

Global Trade Watch
Global Trade Watch’s mission is to ensure that in this era of globalization, a majority have the opportunity to enjoy economic security, a clean environment, safe food, medicines and products, access to quality affordable services such as health care and the exercise of democratic decision-making about the matters that affect their lives.

Sierra Club Responsible Trade
For more than two decades, the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program has shed light on the threats that the status quo corporate trade model poses to people and our planet. Most recently, we worked with progressive allies to help defeat the toxic Trans-Pacific Partnership. We believe that trade done right can promote broadly shared prosperity while protecting workers and the environment. We are working to broaden and strengthen the movement for a new approach to trade that supports, rather than undermines, good jobs, healthy communities, clean air and water, and climate justice. 

Sign yourself up for regular updates on trade by going here  and searching for ‘CONS-SPST-RIGHTS-TRADE-FORUM’

Trade Justice Alliance
TradeJustice Alliance (formerly the National TPP Team) is a coalition of organizations working together in opposition to unfair trade deals. We collaborate at the national/international level in producing resources for grassroots activists including webinars and an e-newsletter. We are also working to build a network of local organizer contacts and affiliated local coalitions of grassroots organizations collaborating to stop TPP and other unjust trade agreements.
Replace Nafta
Since NAFTA went into effect in 1994, almost one million specific American jobs have been certified as lost to NAFTA under just one narrow government program. NAFTA tribunals already have awarded more than $370 million in taxpayer money to multinational corporations after attacks on toxic substances, forestry, water, environmental and public health policies, and more. An additional $50 billion is being demanded in the NAFTA cases now underway. More information on a replacement that puts America Workers first.

Transnational Institute  (TNI)
TNI envisions a world of peace, equity and democracy on a sustainable planet brought about and sustained by an informed and engaged citizenry. TNI’s Trade & Investment project opposes the European Union’s corporate-driven trade and investment policies by providing well-researched analysis on its social and ecological impacts, supporting the development of popular campaigns and proposing alternative policies that prioritize people’s rights over corporate profits.

TNI’s Agrarian Justice project
This brings together research and analysis on the collective struggles of rural working people to democratize access, ownership, and control of land, water and other natural resources. It works closely in alliance with local, national and global alliances of small-scale farmers, fisher folk and marginalized rural working people.

Via Campesina
La Via Campesina is the international movement that brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature.
GRAIN is a small international non-profit organization that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems

World Farmers Organization
WFO, the World Farmers Organization, is an International Organization of  Farmers for  Farmers, which aims to bring together all the national producer and farm cooperative organizations with the objective of developing policies which favor and support farmers’ causes in developed and developing countries around the world.

Global Harvest Initiative (GHI)
GHI is a private-sector voice for productivity growth throughout the agricultural value chain to sustainably meet the demands of a growing world. GHI believes the right policies can improve global food and nutrition security, accelerate productivity gains, and conserve natural resources.