Sen Warren to US Trade Rep: release the Trans-Pacific Partnership docs - if they piss the people off, then we shouldn't be part of it

Senator Elizabeth Warren has written an open letter to Michael Froma, the nominee to run the US Trade Representative's office, calling on him to release the text and negotiating documents for the secretive, controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), whose sweeping and brutal copyright provisions make it clear that this is the next attempt to pass SOPA and ACTA -- the US law and international treaty that flamed out in 2012.

“I appreciate the willingness of the USTR to make various documents available for review by members of Congress, but I do not believe that is a substitute for more robust public transparency,” Warren wrote to Froman, who is now an assistant to the president. “If transparency would lead to widespread public opposition to a trade agreement, then that trade agreement should not be the policy of the United States.”

Senator Warren Presses White House to Release Pacific Trade Text [Mark Drajem/BusinessWeek] (via Reddit)

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    1. She’s too good for us, it’ll never happen.  Yet, I would campaign hard to help make it so.

  1. It’s almost sad that it’s so amazing when our representatives actually stand up the way they’re supposed to.  Three cheers for Elizabeth!

  2. That crazy Elizabeth Warren, embarassing everybody in congress by actually doing her job. Too bad she would not survive being elected president, she would be awesome.

  3. Word just leaked out this morning that there is a mini-round of TPP negotiations taking place in Vancouver, BC, today thru Monday; it’s on the investment chapter that grants corporations the power to challenge new laws, regulations and court decisions as “indirect expropriations.”

    Trade justice activists just organized a last-minute emergency teach-in and action taking place in Vancouver on Saturday night.  Details on this FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/533248003389587/

    Please help them spread the word.  They’re pulling this off with about 30 hours notice.  

  4. Word just leaked out this morning that there is a mini-round of TPP negotiations taking place in Vancouver, BC, today thru Monday; it’s on the investment chapter that grants corporations the power to challenge new laws, regulations and court decisions as “indirect expropriations.”

    Trade justice activists just organized a last-minute emergency teach-in and action taking place in Vancouver on Saturday night.  Details on this FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/533248003389587/

    Please help them spread the word.  They’re pulling this off with about 30 hours notice.  

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