San Diego and the Nation Prepare to Greet the TPP

People from southern California and throughout the nation are preparing to greet trade negotiators and corporate lobbyists as they gather for the 13th major round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations from July 2 -10 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.

The San Diego-Imperial Central Labor Council, Citizens Trade Campaign (CTC) and others are holding a kick-off rally to welcome trade negotiators on Monday, July 2 at 12:00 noon at the park adjacent to the Hilton Bayfront and the Convention Center.  The broader Stop TPP Coalition, led by Occupy San Diego and others, is also planning a series of actions and educational events, the details of which will be announced online at StopTPP.org.

Nationally, CTC and its allies have announced National Days of Action that correspond with the San Diego negotiations, and draw attention to the fact that approximately 600 corporate lobbyists have access to the TPP negotiating texts, while the public has been barred from reviewing what trade negotiators have been proposing in our names.

The critical San Diego round comes on the heels of two major announcements.  First, CTC published leaked text of the TPP investment chapter, showing that each TPP negotiating country except Australia has agreed to allow transnational corporations to challenge their laws, regulations and court decisions as “barriers to trade” through private tribunals that circumvent domestic judicial systems.  Second, the United States has allowed Mexico and Canada are being allowed to join the negotiations, which would make the TPP far larger than NAFTA if it were ever enacted.

 


TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP WEEK OF ACTION
San Diego, CA * July 2 – 7

Kick-Off Rally & Press Event
Monday, July 2nd * 12:00 noon
Between the Hilton Bayfront & Convention Center (Park & Harbor)
For more info, email SNaranjo@unionyes.org

Stakeholders’ Forum — Must Be Pre-Registered with USTR

Monday, July 2nd * 10:00am – 2:00pm 

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel (1 Park Blvd)
For more info, email arthur@citizenstrade.org

OccupYrCorner Corner Occupation and Flyering
July 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th * 12:00 – 2:00pm
The corners outside the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel (1 Park Blvd) and Gaslamp
For more info, email info@occupyrcorner.com

Better World Conference: Workers’ Rights, Outsourcing, Wal-Mart & Gentrification
Monday, July 2nd * 6:30 – 8:30pm
Logan Heights Public Library (567 South 28th Street)
For more info, email osdnotpp@gmail.com

Better World Conference: IP, GMOs & Healthcare AND Women & the TPP
Tuesday, July 3rd * 6:00 – 9:00pm
Centro Cultural de la Raza (2125 Park Blvd)
For more info, email osdnotpp@gmail.com

Fourth of July Petitioning
Wednesday, July 4th * Ongoing
Throughout the City
For more info, email bharper@citizen.org

Soapbox Speeches Action
Thursday, July 5th * 11:30am - 2:30pm
Outside the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel (1 Park Blvd)
Brief history of San Diego “soapboxing” at 11:30am
For more info, email jamesbartoli@yahoo.com

Better World Conference: Geopolitics & Empire AND Indigenous Rights
Thursday, July 5th * 6:00 – 9:00pm
Centro Cultural de la Raza (2125 Park Blvd)
For more info, email osdnotpp@gmail.com

Better World Conference: Local Economies & Sustainability AND Biodiversity & Climate Change
Thursday, July 5th * 6:00 – 9:00pm
World Beat Center (2100 Park Blvd)
For more info, email osdnotpp@gmail.com

Stakeholder Reception — Must Be Pre-Registered with USTR
Friday, July 6 * 6:00pm
Lou & Mickey’s (224 5th Ave)
For more info, email Cdrake@aflcio.org

Pots & Pans March
Saturday, July 7 * 10:30 am
Civic Center (1100 3rd Avenue)
Gathering at 10:30am; march to Hilton leaves at 11:00am
For more info, email osdnotpp@gmail.com

Better World Conference: Fukushima & Nuclear Power
Saturday, July 7 * 3:00 – 5:00pm
Peace Resource Center (3850 Westgate Place)
For more info, email osdnotpp@gmail.com