Global corporations are engaged in a series of elaborately planned moves to take away our democratic rights, and currently, nowhere is that more evident than in the promotion of multinational trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Alliance for Democracy’s TPP-Free Zone campaign encourages communities to organize proactively against the TPP. This campaign also provides a basis for establishing strong local rights as part of a global movement for economic and environmental justice.
Alliance for Democracy launched our TPP Free Zone Campaign in August of this year at the Democracy Convention in Madison, Wisconsin. In workshops on trade and at the Anti-TPP rally on the Capitol steps, we challenged Madison to become the first TPP Free Zone in the country. Now Dane County, where Madison is located, has become the first TPP-Free Zone in the country and Madison has passed a very strong anti-TPP resolution. Other cities like Berkeley CA are considering taking similar action.
Our goal is to create a body of local law. Resolutions are an intermediate step, but an important one for public education about the local impacts of the TPP like banning “buy local” rules and for sending a strong message to Congress that they will face resistance if they attempt to adopt TPP. The resolutions lay the groundwork for passage of TPP Free Zone ordinances if the TPP is approved, over-riding local laws. The message is one of resistance: “We will not obey!”