Demand More Time for Public Input on International Treaties

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Target: Office of the US Trade Representative

Goal: To provide more time for public interests groups to interact with the architects of a highly secretive international trade agreement

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) is a highly secretive treaty that is currently being negotiated. The TPP will require all of its member nations (like the US) to submit to its rules even though the people and legislative bodies of these member nations have no say regarding the treaty’s approval. As you might guess, the TPP is highly controversial, and many people in this country are calling for more transparency surrounding this its creation. The Office of the US Trade Representative has agreed to allow stakeholders, or groups that represent those wary of the TPP, to speak directly to the treaty’s negotiators at the next round of negotiations next month. There’s just one catch: the time allotment has been reduced from an already paltry 15 minutes to eight minutes. Act now and demand more time for these stakeholders to question the TPP negotiators.

The Direct Stakeholder Engagements have been ongoing at the past several rounds of TPP negotiations, however, their time is being cut in half. Perhaps even more troubling is the news that the stakeholders will be split up into four groups and placed in separate rooms; meaning the TPP negotiators will have to choose which group they will spend their eight minutes with. The treaty is already a complete insult to the representative governments that are participating in it, since it will be approved and ratified by power brokers behind closed doors instead of by the legislative bodies of the respective member nations. We will thus be bound to abide by the treaty’s tenets without giving our consent.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is unconstitutional and it is being created right under our noses. Unless we are willing to stand up and voice our complete rejection of this unspeakably audacious attempt at a power grab by international power brokers, it will be ratified and implemented without any resistance. Demand that more time be given to the stakeholders during these engagement events. It’s our last hope at preventing this devastating international agreement from becoming a reality.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Office of the US Trade Representative,

We feel that by limiting the already woefully inadequate time allotted to stakeholders at the engagement events being held during the next round of Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement negotiations you are thereby limiting any public input by the member nations and sending a message that the TPP is anti-democratic.  It is already nothing short of unspeakable that any group of international power brokers would think to circumvent the popular sovereignty of each member nation in such a flagrant manner as to attempt to ratify such an agreement; and to then reduce our public representatives to eight minutes with the negotiators when the seminar lasts a total of nine days is simply ridiculous.

The level of secrecy surrounding these proceedings is baffling, and coupled with the shrinking window for public input, one is left to conclude that the architects of this treaty really don’t want the general public to know what they’re working on for fear of  public outcry. I can assure you, the public outcry is already here, and it will continue to grow. Do not limit public input with respect to these proceedings. The power to govern comes from popular consent, and these attempts to limit public discourse and even awareness of this issue border on conspiracy. We demand more time for public interest group representatives to question and speak with the negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Any refusal will only confirm that a swiftly approaching international tyranny awaits us all.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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