TTIP: European Day of Action11 October 2014

The capitalists owned everything in the world, and everyone else was their slave. They owned all the land, all the houses, all the factories, and all the money.
George Orwell

The above quotation pretty much describes what is happening in the world today and if the TTIP ( Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) goes through capitalists, multinational corporations, will in effect also own or at least control our governments even more than they do now.

TTIP site home page actual

The TTIP is the biggest free trade agreement in history and is being negotiated between the European Union and the USA.  As would be expected these days the UK government is a major supporter of this deal, which would increase the hold of big business still further and give corporations more power over our lives and the decisions our government makes. It will undermine workers rights, food safety, animal welfare regulations and regulations that protect our environment

Please support the European Day of Action on 11th October 2014

As it stands the TTIP has serious and detrimental consequences for everyone here in the UK and throughout the EU, each country is effected differently. If you value the NHS, or think an increase in the basic minimum wage is important and you don’t want corporations to have the final say in government policy you need to take action. If  the TTIP passes as it is now, it will enshrine privatisation in our public services including the NHS and allow big businesses to sue the government for protecting people and the environment. If this agreement goes through without any amendment the TTIP could mean the destruction of the NHS. The NHS is not excluded from TTIP, and many fear imposed privatisation and systemic changes.

I don’t pretend to fully understand this complex agreement however the possibility of handing over such powers to corporations, which in my opinion have too much power as it is, is worrying in the extreme as essentially if this agreement goes ahead corporations could outrank the government.

Watch the video from 38 degrees:

As you see from the video TTIP has far reaching consequences and will adversely effect what little animal welfare and environmental regulations that are in place within the EU – you can read more information about these issues further down

The rampant unbridled spread of capitalism fueled by the insatiable greed of the few has turned this plant into a living hell for the vast majority of us and the other animals with whom we share this world. Unfettered Capitalism is responsible for the continuing destruction of our environment and in the end the destruction of us all. Lets stop them having even more power to destroy our lives.

Take Action

Take to the streets

Behind closed doors, the EU and US are planning the biggest corporate power grab in a decade. Join us on Parliament Square on 11 October to say: hands off our democracy!

If agreed, the EU-US Trade Deal (TTIP) would grant corporations the power to sue governments, threatening to lock-in the privatisation of our schools and NHS. Rules that protect workers, the environment, food safety, digital rights and privacy would be undermined, with harmful industries like fracking encouraged.

But we can defeat this agreement. On Saturday 11 October, people across Europe and the USA will be taking action together.

http://www.wdm.org.uk/trade/rise-against-ttip-day-action-11-october

Make your voice heard on 11 October. #NoTTIP.

London action
Edinburgh action
Find more actions on www.noTTIP.org.uk or contact activism@wdm.org.uk
http://www.wdm.org.uk/trade/rise-against-ttip-day-action-11-october#sthash.8MC8kHpd.dpuf

Sign Petitions

Please sign a simple petition to tell Vince Cable and the UK TTIP team to fix or scrap the TTIP trade deal.
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/vince-cable-fix-ttip#petition

Petitioning The European Commission
Do Not Sign Up to TTIP
http://www.change.org/p/to-the-eu-and-uk-governments-do-not-sign-up-to-ttip

Suggested petition from Occupy London:
http://occupylondon.org.uk/petitions-to-sign-stop-ttiptafta-the-tpp/

European Union: Stop signing away our hard-won consumer rights in a secret trade deal with the US.”
http://action.sumofus.org/a/ttip-consumer-rights/4/6/?

Actions from 38 degrees 

38 Degrees members across the country are signing up to join with the European day of action against the TTIP trade deal on Saturday 11th October.

Things are finally happening. But together we need to keep up the pressure. MEPs, our representatives in Europe, have heard almost nothing about it from the people they represent. If they start feeling the heat, we could up the pressure in Brussels even more.

When you sign up, you’ll be able to see who else in your area is taking part. There’ll be information about where and when to meet, and you’ll even get to chat online to other members to iron out any problems. You’ll get leaflets to hand out and further information through in the post.

Together, we can warn even more people about the dangers of TTIP. We can show MEPs that we won’t stand for this dangerous trade deal. Can you join us on the streets on Saturday 11th October?

Just enter your postcode below to get started

Click the link below to take action:
http://ttipaction.38degrees.org.uk/  You don’t have to be a member to take action

You can read more information from 38 degrees at the end of this post.

Download, print and distribute leaflets to family, friends and co workers:

Lets get the word out, few people know what is going on.
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/pages/ttip_leaflets

Keep up with further 38 degrees campaigns

TTIP: DO YOU WANT TO ATTEND AN EVENT?
FILL OUT YOUR DETAILS BELOW IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING FUTURE EVENTS IN THE CAMPAIGN TO FIX OR SCRAP TTIP.
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/future-ttip-events#petition

Action planned in other countries
https://www.campact.de/ttip-ebi/aktionstag2014/uebersicht/

Need to Know More

The TTIP treaty will have significant repercussions for our democracy. The treaty, if passed, will provide powers to corporations that raise serious questions about where the power lies in the world today.

TTIP will provide transnational corporations with the power to sue governments for lost future profit as a result of government actions.

An American union has, for example, warned that under this agreement a corporation could sue a government for raising the minimum wage.

a similar trade treaty meant that when Argentina froze water and energy prices in the recession, the government was consequently sued by international utilities corporations for the profit they had lost out on.

Extracts from the new Statesman Article:
TTIP: the biggest threat to democracy you’ve never heard of
Read the entire article
http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/09/ttip-biggest-threat-democracy-youve-never-heard

 TTIP and animal Welfare

Animal welfare is one of the areas expected to be adversely affected. Agribusiness in the EU and the USA  is pushing to rollback regulations that hinder their profits at the expense of food safety, consumers and animal welfare.

The progress that has been made by the EU regarding animal welfare will come under attack from TTIP and the UK and the rest of the EU will be forced to adopt the USA s weak or non-existent animal welfare laws. For example the recent progress that has ended battery chickens in 2011 would be compromised as we would be forced to accept eggs laid in battery farms in the USA. We would not be able to challenge this or stop imports of products linked to cruelty because our right to do so will have been signed away.

The European Union has enacted legislation for the protection of animals on-farm, during transport and at slaughter. Currently, three major bans are in force and were imposed because the systems were considered detrimental to animal welfare: veal crates, conventional battery cages for hens, and there is also a partial sow stall ban. In addition,

…a major breakthrough with the potential to transform legislation regarding animals has been the reference in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to the recognition of animals as sentient beings, along with the obligation to pay full regard to their welfare. Overall, despite major concerns about existing laws and serious enforcement issues the EU is far ahead of other countries, including the U.S., and further progress is expected. We should be extremely concerned that we will be entering into an agreement with a country with poor animal welfare standards that also vary from State to State.

Read more from Compassion in World Farming
http://www.eating-better.org/blog/29/trading-away-meat-standards.html

The U.S. meat and dairy industries want to weaken provisions for animal welfare in the EU. American and European civil society have pushed hard over the years to strengthen animal welfare standards in both regions. California is in the process of strengthening its own regulation on layer hens. However, the U.S. meat and dairy industries are pushing to eliminate or weaken animal welfare standards that they say are “barriers to trade.” For instance, the National Milk Producers Federation and U.S. Export Dairy Council Dairy would like to see limits on somatic cell counts in dairy herds removed11—the cell count indicates mastitis, a painful infection of the breast tissue in cows. Other regulations, such as the pig housing regulations that came into force in the EU in 2013 are also being targeted.

Read More:
http://www.iatp.org/documents/10-reasons-ttip-is-bad-for-good-food-and-farming#sthash.Xt0gr7da.dpuf

Please Note:
As a vegan I of course do not condone any kind of animal farming or other exploitation: the above links have only been included as they contain pertinent information that is not available elsewhere. Although as an animal rights activist my philosophy is total abolition, I nevertheless welcome the progress that has been made so far by the EU, such as the end to battery farming and veal crates, and the recognition of animals as sentient beings. Though of course we still have a long way to go it would be a serious set back in the progress towards the abolition of animal farming and other exploitation if we entered into the TTIP agreement.

The TTIP and GM Foods

The U.S. grain industry would like to see faster approvals of new genetically modified (GM) seed varieties used for feed in the EU. The U.S. seed and grain industry associations such as the U.S. Grains Council want faster approvals of GM traits in grains used for animal feed than the current EU framework allows.8 Each trait requires its own approval in the EU, whereas new varieties being developed in the U.S. and elsewhere have multiple traits in one seed. The industry wants these multiple traits to be approved at the same time and at a much faster rate.

Read More :
http://www.iatp.org/documents/10-reasons-ttip-is-bad-for-good-food-and-farming#sthash.Xt0gr7da.dpuf

The TTIP and the environment

The deal could facilitate imports of shale gas from the US and Tar Sands from Canada, but it could also have far reaching impacts on Europe’s environmental regulations, effectively harmonising them with the US.

http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/newsdesk/energy/analysis/qa-what-does-trans-atlantic-trade-deal-mean-environment

More information from 38 degrees

I recently received the following from 38 degrees concerning the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. As a result of this I feel strongly that this trade agreement is a matter of great concern which needs to be challenged and the implications of this agreement for our society need to be more widely known. It is wrong that decisions such as this are not discussed openly. In reality despite belonging to a democratic country we have little say in anything, even issues that effect us profoundly.Voting for an MP or an EMP surely should not give them carte blanche to do whatsoever they please.

Right now, big businesses are quietly persuading the government to sign one of the most dangerous trade deals you may never have heard of – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – TTIP for short. [1]

It’s a deal between the US and the EU that would make privatisation of our services like the NHS and National Rail irreversible. It’ll also allow big corporations to sue our government if it makes changes to the law which affect businesses’ profits – like raising the minimum wage. [2]

TTIP is being negotiated behind closed doors. But thanks to 38 Degrees members the secrecy around it has finally been lifted. We took to the streets in our thousands a few weeks ago. [3] And now, finally, the media and politicians have started to talk about it – openly. [4]

But now we need to take the fight against TTIP straight to the people who have the power to scupper it. On Saturday 11th October, people all across Europe will be standing together to send a strong message to the people who represent us in Europe – our MEPs. From Germany to France, Italy to Spain – will you stand with them?

The plan in the UK is simple. Thousands of 38 Degrees members will take to the streets. We’ll meet up and hand out leaflets together explaining MEPs’ stances on TTIP; and tell people to get in touch with them and put them under pressure.

Are you free on Saturday 11th October? Click below to join your local team:

YES – I’M IN http://ttipaction.38degrees.org.uk/

NO BUT I’LL CHIP IN https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/contribute/ttip-october#petition

Things are finally happening. But together we need to keep up the pressure. MEPs, our representatives in Europe, have heard almost nothing about it from the people they represent. If they start feeling the heat, we could up the pressure in Brussels even more.

When you sign up, you’ll be able to see who else in your area is taking part. There’ll be information about where and when to meet, and you’ll even get to chat online to other members to iron out any problems. You’ll get leaflets to hand out and further information through in the post.

Together, we can warn even more people about the dangers of TTIP. We can show MEPs that we won’t stand for this dangerous trade deal. Can you join us on the streets on Saturday 11th October?

 

 

 

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