Unions march Trojan Horse to USTR against TPP fast-track

On the 20th of April, unions members staged a march from the AFL-CIO’s DC headquarters to the office of the United States Trade Representative against the TPP. The TPP is a proposed NAFTA style trade deal that would affect about 40% of the world and whose terms the negotiating parties are attempting to keep secret.The march featured a giant Trojan Horse as a warning against this secret treaty and the Congressional “fast-track” bill.

On Thursday, the 16th of April, a “fast-track” bill for an up or down vote with no amendments was introduced in both houses of Congress. It is supported by a strange alliance of President Obama with much of the GOP, and opposed by most of Obama’s voting constituancy. One speaker at USTR claimed that EVERY union in the AFL-CIO is opposed to this bill. Elsewhere it is being reported that the AFL-CIO has made defeating the TPP their number one priority.

One of the chants at the April 20th “trojan horse” march was “TPP-flush it down!” A speaker in front of USTR said he’s just as soon trust a coyote with his last lamb chop than trust those behind the TPP with “our democracy.”

The Trojan horse had a brown paper wrapped box look to its body. Everyone in Congress knows not to accept a wrapped package without X-raying it, yet Congress is being asked to vote on the TPP (to take the brown box) without a look inside other than under tightly restricted conditions. If a member of Congress wants to read the text of the current TPP proposal, he or she is not permitted to take notes or bring any electronics into the room! All we know about this treaty is from leaked drafts posted to Wikileaks. Those drafts look like NAFTA, SOPA, and the failed MultiLateral Agreement on Investments from 1998 all rolled into one.

Video of the march starring the TPP Trojan Horse


The TPP Trojan Horse, a plain brown box for Congress to vote on but not look inside

Final approach to USTR

Before the march: some of the union supporters blocked the doors of the US Chamber of Commerce

Trojan Horse at the US Chamber of Commerce

Advertisements

About dcdirectactionnews

This site is for news, announcements, and intelligence for the DC progressive community
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply --WARNING: do not "Comment using Facebook" or using Twitter-you expose your information to 3ed party tracking

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s