Activists Prepare for Major Trade Summit in Texas

International trade ministers and corporate lobbyists will be descending on Texas from May 8 to 18 for a critical trade summit aimed at rushing the secretive new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement towards completion.  CTC, the Texas Fair Trade Coalition and our allies are planning welcome them — and we need you to join us.

TPP: Out of the Shadows!
Rally for Good Jobs, Affordable Medicine & a Healthy Environment 
Saturday, May 12 * 1:00pm
Addison Circle Park * 15650 Addison St * Addison, TX

The May 12th rally and march is the main event while negotiators are in town.  It features a permitted rally with trade justice advocates from around the world, followed by a march down to the negotiation site.  It has been endorsed by the Citizens Trade Campaign, Code Pink, Communications Workers of America, Dallas AFL-CIO Council, Friends of the Earth, International Association of Machinists, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, National Family Farm Coalition, North Texas Jobs with Justice, Occupy Texas, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, Texas AFL-CIO, Texas State Building Trades Council, United Steelworkers, United Students Against Sweatshops and many others.

Reserve your free seat on a bus from San Antonio or Austin to attend the May 12th action

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No Back Room Deals for the 1% 

Press Event Demanding Transparency
Tuesday, May 8 * 10:00am
Intercontinental Dallas Hotel * 15201 Dallas Parkway * Addison, TX

CTC, the Texas AFL-CIO, the Texas Fair Trade Coalition and others will hold a press conference demanding transparency in the TPP negotiations and delivering a petition urging that negotiators release the texts.

Sign the petition that will be delivered to U.S. trade negotiators in Texas

The TPP Opening Bash
Global Activist Reception & Teach-In
Thursday, May 10 * 6:00pm
Community Center for Cooperation * 2900 Live Oak St * Dallas, TX

Join trade justice advocates from around the world for an activist reception starting at 6:00pm, followed by a teach-in at 7:00pm with national and international speakers including Lori Wallach (Global Trade Watch), Celeste Drake (AFL-CIO), Ilana Solomon (Sierra Club), Sanya Reid Smith (Third World Network) and Kelli Seals-Obazee (Dallas Peace Center).

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Other events are being organized for throughout the negotiations. Please sign up here to receive updates as they develop.

Download copies of CTC’s most-recent factsheets about the TPP and find other background information online here.