- We query the people willing to step forward and discuss the issue – and that does NOT include any of the companies whose perspectives we sought for this show but who all refused: Target, 3M, and Cargill, and others.
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an Assault on Democracy That Will Undermine the Economy
Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi, Truth to Tell, KFAI-FM | MN
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Mon, 07/22/2013 | Why in the world is TruthToTell taking on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement trade pact now in negotiation half the globe away? Usually, TTT is less concerned with subjects like the TPP than we are teepees and HERCs and the local NAACP, among the many state, local and regional issues confronting our listeners and viewers.
The primary reason is that local and regional transnational corporations – like 3M, Cargill, ADM, Alliant Tech, the now ubiquitous Target (which has its name on practically every publicly owned facility and event in Minnesota) and who knows what others are the mute participants in this trade organization that has the potential for preempting and overriding all US and local laws and regulations theoretically ion business to protect consumers, workers and the public interest – think FTC, FCC, EPA, MPCA, Commerce, DNR (it ain’t all fish and wildlife there).
Rep Keith Ellison (D-MN) – 5th District – Member, House Financial Services Committee; Co-Chair, Congressional Progressive Caucus; Founder, Congressional Consumer Justice Caucus
Josh Wise – Executive Director, Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition
Steve Fletcher – Fellow and Director of Grassroots Strategy, Minnesota2020; founding Executive Director of MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an Assault on Democracy That Will Undermine the Economy, Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance
Ron Kirk former US Trade Representative: making the text public would raise such opposition that it could make the deal impossible to sign.