from CommonDreams Website
Ongoing protests seek to drag
'destructive' trade deals
Protesters scaled the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday and dropped banners calling for greater transparency and an end to "corporatocracy" over the ongoing and secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement currently in the works between the United States and several Pacific nations (Australia, Brunei, New Zealand, Singapore, Chile, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia...)
Those negotiations, which have been brokered entirely behind closed doors, are certain to put corporate profits ahead of both human rights and environmental concerns, opponents of the pact have argued.
Groups involved in the ongoing protests include,
While the U.S. public and the press have been locked out of TPP meetings, corporate "trade advisers" have participated and been given copies of the agreement.
President Barack Obama announced Thursday he will push fast-track legislation, otherwise known as Trade Promotion Authority, which will allow him to push through trade agreements while taking away congressional powers to amend.
Watch below for an interview with Public Citizen's Melinda St. Louis at the protest on Friday: