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Texas and the World Say NO to a "NAFTA of the Pacific"

The TPP Opening Bash
Global Activist Reception & Teach-in on the Trans-Pacific Partnership
     Thursday, May 10, 2012
     Reception at 6:00pm  *  Teach-in at 7:00pm
     Community Center for Cooperation
2900 Live Oak St  *  Dallas, TX
     Free and open to the public


As trade negotiators from throughout the Pacific Rim continue to meet in Addison to hammer out final details on the secretive new Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement, it is worth exploring what trade policy has meant and could mean for the economy, the environment and democracy itself.

The TPP is poised to become the largest trade deal of its kind ever.  It is likely to influence the types of jobs available in our communities; the wages and benefits that many jobs pay; tax revenues available for public services; greenhouse gas emissions and the environment; access to affordable, generic medications; consumer safety standards; financial regulations; the health of family farms; global migration patterns; and more. 


Corporate lobbyists are advocating for a business-as-usual vision for international trade - but veteran "trade justice" campaigners from around the country and around the world are offering alternative visions on what trade policy could mean to communities at home and abroad.   


Rub elbows, ask questions and scheme with long-time trade justice champions from the U.S. and beyond during a free, public reception from 6:00 to 7:00pm, followed immediately by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, on the significance of the Dallas Round of TPP negotiations
  • Celeste Drake, trade policy specialist at the national AFL-CIO, on the potential economic impacts of the TPP
  • Ilana Solomon, trade representative for the national Sierra Club, on the TPP's threats to the environment
  • Sanya Reid Smith, an attorney with the Third World Network, on the TPP's rollback of access to medicine and the global movement around it
  • Kelli Seals-Obazee, executive director of the Dallas Peace Center will moderate

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Sponsored by the Dallas Peace Center, Texas Fair Trade Coalition and Citizens Trade Campaign.  This is one of several events taking place will the TPP negotiations occur at the Intercontinental Dallas Hotel from May 8 to 16.  Learn more at  For more info, please contact the Texas Fair Trade Coalition at (512) 912-6630.


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