Date(s) - 10/26/2012
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
TPP: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You!
At Risk: Our Jobs, Our Environment, Our Food, and Our Health!
Join us for the first of a series of educational forums to learn more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and what we can do to stop it! Each event will feature different speakers and cover different aspects of the TPP.
Fri, Oct 26th: TPP vs. the Environment: Obama’s Secret Plan to Expand Hydrofracking and Mining?
Directions: 6 train to 33rd Street. Walk North to 35th Street and West towards Madison Avenue.
- Alisa Simmons, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
- Ilana Solomon, Trade Representative,The Sierra Club
- Manuel Perez-Rocha, Associate Fellow, Global Policy, Institute for Policy Studies
- Bill Weinberg, World War 4 Report
“[Natural gas] is an ideal fuel – energy source that we can use for the next hundred years. So I want to encourage natural gas production.” – President Barack Obama, July 16, 2012
Behind closed doors, the Obama administration and the governments of 10 other countries are negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive expansion of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. Leaked texts have revealed that TPP will contain rules that give foreign investors in fracking projects the power to sue the US in international tribunals for unlimited sums if our government decides to ban hydrofracking! Plus, TPP will eliminate the public interest review process for liquid natural gas (LNG) terminals designed to export fracked gas to TPP member nations!
Join a panel of speakers to learn why TPP threatens public interest laws, how NAFTA-style free trade agreements have already helped extractive industries violate human rights and pollute then environment in Latin America, and how the fracking industry may use TPP to eliminate public review and undermine anti-fracking legislation.
SUGGESTED DONATION: $5-15 for each event; FREE if you can’t afford to pay.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Alisa A. Simmons is the National Field Director for Global Trade Watch. She has worked on a range of social and economic justice issues, including global trade, worker’s rights, student’s rights, LGBT civil rights and voter’s rights. Alisa helped organize anti-WTO meetings in Seattle in 1999 and joined an international group of activists to protest the World Trade Organization meetings in Prague in 2000. She has degrees and certificates in sociology, liberal arts, international conflict resolution and non-profit management but mostly credits her personal development and organizing success to the countless number of traditionally underrepresented and marginalized people who taught her what it is get up and fight every day. As a native New Yorker, Alisa has a fierce passion for jay-walking.
Ilana Solomon, Trade Representative: Ilana Solomon joined the Sierra Club’s Labor and Trade program in March 2012. Before coming to the Club, Ilana was a Senior Policy Analyst with ActionAid, a rights-based anti-poverty organization. Ilana started her work at ActionAid in 2004, working on a diverse range of issues including women’s rights and the right to human security in times of emergency. From 2007-March 2012, Ilana focused her work on international climate justice. She advocated for the creation of a new equitable and effective multilateral fund for climate change and for public finance for adaptation in developing countries. Ilana has authored and co-authored numerous articles and reports focused on the need for a new global climate fund and on proposals for how to generate substantial public finance for climate change. Before joining ActionAid, Ilana worked with the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta, Georgia, working on program development with women refugees. Ilana graduated from Oberlin College with majors in Latin American Studies and Music and has a Masters of International Service from the School of International Service (SIS) at American University.
Manuel Pérez-Rocha helps to coordinate the Networking for Justice on Global Investment project, as part of the IPS Global Economy Project. In this role, he works together with allies at the Democracy Center in Bolivia and organizations in several countries. Prior to that, he directed “The NAFTA Plus and the SPP Advocacy Project,” as part of the Global Economy Project. He is a Mexican national who has led tri-national efforts to promote just and sustainable alternative approaches to North American economic integration for more than a decade. Prior to moving to Washington, DC in 2006, he worked for many years with the Mexican Action Network on Free Trade (RMALC) and continues to be a member of that coalition’s executive committee. For the past several years, he has also contributed to the Alternative Regionalisms project of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, and worked as a consultant to Oxfam International on trade issues in the Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean region. Manuel studied International Relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and holds a M.A. on Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at The Hague, Netherlands.
Bill Weinberg is an award-winning 25-year veteran journalist in the fields of human rights, indigenous peoples, ecology and war. He is the author of Homage to Chiapas: The New Indigenous Struggles in Mexico (Verso Books, 2000), and War on the Land: Ecology and Politics in Central America (Zed Books, 1991). As a correspondent and contributing editor for Native Americas, Cornell University’s quarterly journal of hemispheric indigenous issues, he won three awards from the Native American Journalists Association for his reportage from Nicaragua to Arizona between 1996 and 2000. He also won an award from Project Censored in 2007, although he hates Project Censored. His work has appeared in The Nation, Newsday, The Progressive, The Village Voice, New America Media, AlterNet, NACLA Report on the Americas, Middle East Policy, Toward Freedom, In These Times, Yes! Magazine, Indian Country Today, The Amsterdam News, The Ecologist, Earth Island Journal, City Limits,Cannabis Culture and numerous other publications. He also served as news editor at High Times in the 1990s, covering the global war on drugs, and was a regular contributor to New York’s Guardian newsweekly in its final years. He continues to cover the drug war beat for High Times, Kush and other magazines. With Ann-Marie Hendrickson, he for 20 years co-produced the anarchist variety show Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade on WBAI-NY, 99.5 FM. He was removed from the air in 2011 for his political dissent. He lives on New York’s Lower East Side. Earlier this year, he was in Peru on assignment for the Progressive.
- The Green Sanctuary Committee, CCNY, UU - www.ccny.org
- Occupy Wall Street Environmental Solidarity Working Group - http://www.nycga.net/groups/environmentalist-solidarity/
- Sierra Club -http://sierraclub.org/trade
- Global Justice for Animals and the Environment http://gjae.org
- Health Global Access Project http://healthgap.org
- TradeJustice New York Metro http://tradejustice.net
- Occupy Wall Street Trade Justice http://tradejustice.nycga.net
- New York Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador http://nycispes.org
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Forum #2: Thurs, Nov 15th : Topic & Speakers to Be Announced
Location: Brecht Forum, 451 West Street between Bank and Bethune Streets, Manhattan, NYC.
Time: 6:30-9:30 PM
WHAT IS TPP?
Behind closed doors, the Obama administration and the governments of 10 other countries are negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive expansion of NAFTA that will increase the profits of the 1% – at the expense of
* family farmers * decent jobs * the environment * internet freedom * access to lifesaving drugs * animal rights * freedom of speech * indigenous communities * financial industry reform * national sovereignty * democracy * labor rights * food safety
Learn more about TPP at these sites: