MEETING! FRACKING BAN CHALLENGED UNDER NAFTA!
Last week, a US
corporation revealed that it is suing Quebec in an international
tribunal under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for
banning fracking. You can read more about this here
As this disturbing precedent illustrates,
if we succeed in banning fracking in New York state, foreign
corporations invested in NY fracking will be able to sue our
government for unlimited sums in an international tribunal outside
the jurisdiction of the US court system, claiming that our ban
violates their "investor rights." And Trans-Pacific
Partnership, a plan to massively expand NAFTA, will grant these
rights to corporations in many more countries!
BRIEFING AND PLANNING MEETING!
Please join us on Tuesday, November 27th for an
informational event and organizing meeting to plan to demand that
President Obama fix or abolish NAFTA - instead of expanding it via
Adam Weissman, Global Justice for Animals and the
Ana Maria Quispe-Piscoya, nutritionist and anti-GMO
Amanda Lugg, Health Global Access Project
DATE: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
6:30PM - 9:30PM
LOCATION: Metropolitan Community Church of
New York, 446 West 36th Street between 10th and Dyer Avenues,
(free if you can't afford to pay! No pressure!)
& Additional Info: http://tradejustice.net/tppforums
By Subway: A, C, or E to West 34th Street. Walk or take the M34 bus to Dyer Avenue. Walk North to 36th Ave and west (in the direction of 10th Avenue. Church is on the South Side of the Street.
By Bus: M34 to Dyer Ave. Walk North to 36th Ave and west towards 10th Ave. Church is on the South Side of the Street.
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6:30-8PM: A panel of anti-TPP
activists will discuss what this NAFTA suit means for the fight
against fracking, why TPP is an even greater threat, and will also
discuss how TPP will limit access to lifesaving generic medicines and
force countries to drop their bans on genetically modified foods.
8-9:30 PM: A concrete planning about how we can get the
word out about TPP to more people and demand that our elected
officials take action to derail this terrible trade deal in the
Alliance; Brooklyn for Peace; Center for Health, Environment, and
Justice; Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines; Global
Justice for Animals and the Environment; Mingas Network; Occupy Wall
Street Environmental Solidarity Working Group; Occupy Wall Street
Trade Justice Working Group; Sane Energy Project; and TradeJustice
New York Metro.
In 2008, Barack Obama said "I will make sure
that we renegotiate [NAFTA], in the same way that Senator Clinton
talked about. And I think actually Senator Clinton’s answer on
this one is right. I think we should use the hammer of a potential
opt-out as leverage to ensure that we actually get labor and
environmental standards that are enforced. And that is not what has
been happening so far. " But since being elected, he's
completely reversed course. Instead of working for a more
environmentally responsible NAFTA or pulling out, President Obama is
instead working to EXPAND NAFTA to many more countries via
negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement (also known as
the Trans-Pacific Partnership), which will give corporations in 11
countries the right to sue the United States in an international
tribunal outside the jurisdiction of the US court system for
unlimited sums if New York bans fracking.