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PDA started fighting the TPP back in June 2013 when everyone in DC declared that it was a done deal. Citizens United made corporations people; the Trans Pacific Partnership makes corporations nations. We oppose the TPP because we must prevent outsourcing American jobs, protect the environment, stop pharmaceutical companies from increasing the price of prescription drugs, preserve our democracy, and respect human rights. If the Democratic Party represents us and NOT the corporations, then they must oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership as an integral part of the Party platform.
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The fight to stop the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has reached another critical point.
Last week, members of the Democratic National Convention Platform Drafting Committee voted against an amendment that would have unequivocally stated the Democratic Party's opposition to the TPP.1
Members of the committee who helped defeat the amendment -- including some who say they personally oppose the TPP -- argued that it would be disloyal to President Obama and compromise party unity if the pro-TPP views held by the president and other high-ranking Democratic officials' were not considered. 2
But the goal of the platform is to "advance progressive Democratic values" -- not demonstrate loyalty to an outgoing president by supporting his anti-worker, anti-environment trade deal.3 We have a huge opportunity in the coming days to pressure the full Platform Committee to reverse course and take a stand against the TPP before it finalizes the platform on July 9 in Orlando.
All the Democratic presidential candidates, along with the vast majority of Democrats in Congress, oppose the TPP, recognizing it as a corporate power grab that would destroy jobs, pollute the environment, and undermine corporate accountability both at home and abroad.
There should be no question where the Democratic Party stands on this basic issue. A strong, clear message that the TPP is an unacceptable deal is what is necessary, and what will unite the party. The language must be irrefutable.
As we speak, supporters of the TPP are gearing up for one last push get the deal through Congress before President Obama leaves the White House. With this platform, Democrats have a unique chance to build a firewall against any last-minute attempts to ram this bad deal through after the election. We must speak out now to demand the DNC Platform Committee is clear and unambiguous in its opposition to the TPP.
Thank you for speaking out. Your activism makes a difference.
Murshed Zaheed, Political Director
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1. "Democratic Platform Drafting Meeting Concludes," 2016 Democratic National Convention, June 25, 2016.
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