TPP Talk @ Reclaim the Commons Free University-NYC

DATE: Saturday, July 20th, 2013

 TIME: -4-5PM (part of Reclaim the Commons Free University, which begins at 1PM and ends with a potluck dinner beginning at 5PM)

LOCATION: Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn. Myrtle Ave., De Kalb Ave. bet. Washington Park and St. Edward’s St. Use entrance at Dekalb and S Portland.

 DIRECTIONS: Take the B, Q, or R trains to Dekalb Avenue. Walk south on Flatbush Avenue Extension until Dekalb Avenue and then make a left onto Dekalb. Make a left on South Portland Avenue into the park.


 ADDITIONAL INFO: (pre-event only) Phone (718) 218-4523 Email:


“Behind closed doors, US trade negotiators and representatives of the governments of 11 other countries are negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an international agreement that will erode the commons in the interest of corporate profits.

TPP will:

- enclose the digital commons with expanded and limit the free sharing of information on the internet

- expand corporate patent rights on pharmaceuticals – preventing drugs from entering the public domain and being sold in the form of affordable generics

- allow corporate banks to challenge the existence of public banks with rules restricting state owned enterprises

- eliminate regulations that protect the land, air, and water we share from corporate polluters.

According to International Commons Conference organizer and blogger, Silke Helfrich:

“”The Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty and its kin are a strategic and powerful enclosure movement that helps a few appropriating what belongs to many. Negotiations are usually kept secret, probably because the so called Free Trade Agreements promote anything but our freedom? This is the most fundamental reasons why so very diverse groups oppose them. They have been mis-rebaptized as “partnerships”. In fact, they are enclosure agreements.

We need to work together to develop a novel type of alliance among organizations specialized in trade-related issues, environmental and development organisations, Occupiers and digital commoners, social organizations and trade unions, indigenous people and geeks etc, to demand recognition for the thousands of alternatives that can be said to belong to the Commons Sector.
Using the awesome capabilities of new communication technologies to connect & collaborate, we can massively spread a strong message:

There is no need for more global competition, relentless resource extraction, greater market concentration, and more restrictive corporate (intellectual) property rights.

We can do better. We can put forward, promote and protect the Commons, a paradigm that consists of a huge variety of practical alternatives to free-trade principles.

If we look at the spirit of those agreements for the last 20 years, as embodied in the World Trade Organization, it remained the same. Beginning with NAFTA in 1994, all multilateral trade agreements have undermined and destroyed our commons in countless areas — seeds and farmland, human rights and democracy, nature conservation and culture, health (medicines) and public services. Let us build an international, light-weight, efficient communication network to convey a simple but powerful message from below.”"

Join representatives of OWS TradeJustice to discuss how we can defend the commons and stop TPP!


  • On July 20, 2013, as part of our summer series, Free University-NYC welcomes one and all to learn and share how to “Reclaim the Commons.” The future of our diverse communities’ struggles are inextricably linked, as is our need for space to strategize together in person.

    We invite you to contribute a workshop / lead a discussion about community justice projects, lessons from past struggles, and ideas for future victories.

    Among the classes that will be offered:

    How Does Housing Influence Gender Roles?
    Food Justice & Food Sovereignty
    Holding the NYPD Accountable: Community Organizing and People Power
    The History of Crime & Punishment in America
    Extreme Energy Extraction v. The Commons
    Stop, Drop, and Roll: From Fossil Fuel Divestment to Reinvestment
    Teach/learn at The Public School
    Overtested and indebted: Critiquing and Imagining Education (Together)
    Zine Workshop
    Moving Freely
    Parks: The Gateway Space
    …And more!

    Come join us in the park!


    “The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city.” – David Harvey

    “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde

Tues, 5/28: Stop TPP – Pacific NAFTA: Panel w/ Sierra Club, IPS, CWA, Public Citizen

The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Attack on Democracy

Our Jobs, Health, & Environment at Risk

Panel & Organizing Meeting

TUESDAY, MAY 28th, 6:30 PM to 9 PM
1157 Lexington Ave. between 79th and 80th Streets, NYC.
RSVP at!

Directions: 6 train to 77th Street. Walk two blocks north. Enter through garden


  • Alisa Simmons, National Field Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
  • Kenneth Peres, Chief Economist, Communications Workers of America
  • Ilana Solomon, Trade Representative, The Sierra Club
  • Manuel Perez-Rocha, Associate Fellow at Institute for Policy Studies

After the speakers conclude, we’ll break into groups by Congressional district and plan to organize against TPP in our communities!

What is TPP?

The TPP, a trade agreement the U.S. is negotiating with 11 other nations, will outsource more jobs, prohibit banking regulation, and expand corporate intellectual property rights that curtail Internet freedom and limit access to lifesaving generic drugs. It will also grant foreign corporations the power to sue our government when our laws block their environmentally destructive projects and toxic products.

The TPP is shrouded in secrecy. The Administration intends to complete negotiations by October 2013 with almost no media attention or input from the public and Congress. President Obama has said he’ll ask Congress to grant him Fast Track Authority, which will force Congress to vote on the TPP without the power to change a single word of it.

Sponsored By

  • All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Brooklyn for Peace
  • Citizens Trade Campaign
  • Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline
  • Colombia Studies Group
  • Communications Workers of America
  • Food and Water Watch, Global Justice for Animals and the Environment
  • Green Sanctuary Committee (Community Church of New York)
  • Harlem Fightback Against Wars at Home and Abroad
  • Institute for Policy Studies
  • New York Climate Action Group
  • New York Environmental Law and Justice Project
  • New York Whale and Dolphin Action League
  • NYC Friends of Clearwater, NYH2O/Damascus Citizens
  • Occupy the Pipeline
  • Occupy Wall Street Trade Justice Working Group
  • OWS Environmental Sustainability Working Group
  • OWS Special Projects Affinity Group
  • Sane Energy Projet
  • The Sierra Club, TradeJustice New York Metr
  • United for Action
  • WBAI’s Eco-logic

Facebook Event:

5 Trade Justice Events This Week!

OWS Trade Justice  will be participating in or organizing 5 events this week!

We look forward to seeing you  at these events!

Tues,  Mar 19, 2013: 11:30am – 1:30pm Challenge US Korea FTA & TPP Negotiator @ Korea Society Event

Wendy Cutler, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea and APEC Affairs, and chief negotiator of the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement will speak at the Korea Society. With Japan announcing this week that it intends to join the infamousTrans-Pacific Partnership this is a critical opportunity to speak out against the infamous Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Korea FTA.

Wed, Mar 20, 2013 3pm – 4pm National TPP Organizing Call
On the call, you’ll get a status update on the TPP in light of the just-completed Singapore Round of negotiations and Japan’s announcement seeking to join. More importantly, we’ll discuss steps you can take to introduce accountability on the TPP during the upcoming spring Congressional recess — and you’ll also get a heads-up on a proposed International Day of Action prior to the Lima Round of negotiations this May.
Details at http:/

 Thurs, Mar 21, 5:30pm – 8:30pm: Protest: Tell  Rep. Crowley to Vote NO! on Fast Track for TPP @ B-Day Fundraiser
Congressman Joseph Crowley, a consistent supporter of job-killing ,environment destroying free trade agreements, is holding his annual birthday fundraiser to rake in corporate cash from the companies who want to ensure that he will continue pushing free trade agreements that endanger our jobs, our health, and our environment.  Join TradeJustice to expose Crowley’s past free trade votes and demand that he vote against Fast Track Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an 11 country trade deal currently being negotiated, described by critics as “NAFTA on Steroids” and “a corporate power tool.”
Details @

Fri, March 22, 7:00pm – 9:30pm: Bullshit – Vandana Shiva Documentary w/ anti-TPP Speaker
Follow the tireless Indian nuclear physicist Vandana Shiva for two years in her worldwide battle against the leaders of globalization. In the discussion portion of the evening, a rep from TradeJustice member group Global Justice for Animals and the Environment will discuss the environmental threat posed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Details @

Sun, March 24, 10:30AM – 5:00PM March and Table on TPP @ Veggie Pride Parade
Join TradeJustice member group Global Justice for Animal and the Environment at this massive vegetarian community event to raise awareness on the connection between free trade agreements, the global expansion of inhumane and polluting factory farm agriculture, climate change, rising consumption of animal products and increases rates of diseases in the developing world, “NAFTA flu” and other dangerous diseases spread by factory farm globalization.
Details at  http:///

Tues, 11/27: Panel Discussion & Organizing Meeting: Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership: Endangering Our Food, Health, & Environment

Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership:

Endangering Our Food, Health, & Environment

Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership will threatens our right to ban fracking and genetically modified foods and limit access to lifesaving generic drugs

Panel Discussion & Organizing Meeting

Tues, Nov 27th, 2012, 6:30-9:30PM

Metropolitan Community Church of NY, 446 W. 36th St. bet. Dyer & 10thAvenues, Manhattan


- Ana Maria Quispe-Piscoya (GMO activist) on how TPP will attack bans on genetically modified foods

- Amanda Lugg (Health Global Access Project) on how TPP will limit access to generic drugs

- Adam Weissman (Global Justice for Animals and the Environment) on how TPP will attack bans on fracking and other environmental laws.

6:30-8 PM: Join a panel of experts at to learn more about TPP.

8-9:30 PM Join activists to plan a campaign to stop it!

Suggested Donation: $5-15 (free if you can’t afford to pay!)

RSVP & Additional Info:

Organizations: To Endorse:

Downloadable Flier:

(copy same original on both sides and cut into four quarter page sized fliers)

Info:Phone: (718) 218-4523 Email: Web:


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.


American Jobs 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.

What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive proposed expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). 11 countries are part of TPP negotiations and more are expected to join. TPP negotiations are being conducted in secret – the public, the media, non-governmental organizations, and even member of Congress have been denied access to the negotiating texts of the agreement – but 600 corporate advisers have full access and in collusion with the Obama administration have been shaping an agreement that will advance their interests at the expense of the public interest.

Pharmaceutical companies are pushing for expanded intellectual property rights that will drive many generic drugs out of the marketplace- a death sentence for people who cannot afford exorbitantly priced brand-named drugs for life-threatening illnesses like AIDS.

Biotech and agribusiness corporations and the US government, want to include rules that will force countries to drop their bans on dangerous genetically modified foods – and would even attack government labeling programs for GMO foods!

Corporate polluters, including the hydrofracking industry, benefit from TPP’s investor provisions, which give investors in any TPP nation the power to sue the government of another nation if that nation’s environmental laws prevent those investors from profit from environmental destruction.

Help Promote Fri, 10/26 Forum on TPP vs. Environment!

On Friday, October 29th, we’ll be holding a forum on the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s threat to the environment.  You can learn more about it at

Here are some ways you can help spread the word about this event:

Facebook Event – invite all your friends:

IM this to your Facebook, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, iChat, IRC, & ICQ Friends:

Friday, October 26, 2012, 6:30pm: Will Obama’s Secret TPP Agreement Expand Fracking, Mining & Industrial Pollution? w/ Alisa Simmons (Public Citizen), Ilana Solomon (Sierra Club), Manuel Perez-Rocha (Institute for Policy Studies) & Bill Weinberg (World War 4 Report, Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade)

- instant messaging this to your friends on AIM, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, iChat, IRC, ICQ, etc.:
Friday, October 26, 2012, 6:30pm: Will Obama’s Secret TPP Agreement Expand Fracking, Mining & Industrial Pollution? w/ Alissa Simmons (Public Citizen), Ilana Solomon (Sierra Club), Manuel Perez-Rocha (Institute for Policy Studies) & Bill Weinberg (World War 4 Report): Details @

 Tweet this:

Fri10/26 TPP=Fracking? Simmons (Pub Citizen), Solomon (Sierra), Perez-Rocha (In Policy Studies), Weinberg (WW4 Report)

 Text this to your phone contacts:

Fri 10/26: TPP=Fracking & Mining? Simmons (Public Citizen), Solomon (Sierra Club), Perez-Rocha (Inst. Policy Studies), Weinberg (WW4 Report)

 Get other groups to help promote:

Send this support request letter to groups you know or present it at meetings (you can leave in my name and contact info or swap in yours:

 Outreach at Events:

There are lots of activist events in the next few days that we should pass our fliers at to promote our TPP Forum. You can find a list of key outreach events at Please let me know if you are able to flier at any of these events (contact me at (718 218 4523 or You can print and distribute either of these two fliers below to pass our at events.

Flier Version# 1: Fracking Focused:

Flier Version #2: General:

To print them, print the same page on the front and back and then cut them to make quarter page sized fliers (palm cards). Or if you’d prefer, we can print them and give them to you – call or email Adam (718) 218-4523 / to arrange this.

Sept 6-15: Protest TPP Negotiating Meeting – Stop the Corporate Free Trade Coup!

Direct Action Training: OCCUPY THE TPP: Stop the Global Corporate Coup!No Back-Room Deals for the 1%
TPP: Out of the Shadows!As the 14th major round Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations gets under way in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, please join with labor, environmental, public health, family farm, consumer, Occupy and other social justice organizations from September 6-15th for a major mobilization demanding an end to back-room dealmaking for the 1%.The TPP is poised to become the largest Free Trade Agreement in U.S. history.  Approximately 600 corporate lobbyists have been granted access to the negotiating texts, while the general public is barred from even reviewing what U.S. negotiators are proposing in our names.  If it continues on its current course, the TPP is likely to:

-    Offshore good-paying jobs to low-wage nations and undercut working conditions globally
-    Create new tools for attacking environmental and consumer safety policies
-    Deregulate Wall Street banks, hedge funds and insurance companies
-    Further concentrate global food supplies, displacing family farmers, expanding factory farms and subjecting consumers to wild price fluctuations
-    Lengthen patents thereby blocking access to affordable, generic medications

Activities will include:

-  a free direct action training in Baltimore in preparation for the week of action on Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th
-  a rally at the site of the negotiations on Sunday, September 9th
-  creative actions through the negotiations!

RSVP online now for info on carpools, buses, housing, and volunteer opportunities.

About the Direct Action Training:

Action Camp to Stop the Global Corporate Coup!
September 8th and 9th
Real News Network Building, 235 Holiday Street , Baltimore, MD will be holding a direct action training  organized by the Backbone Campaign. The training will focus on spectacle actions as well as ways to engage the negotiators. To get an idea about what will be covered, visit The training will be held at the . The training will be led by two top national trainers, Bill Moyer of the Backbone Campaign and Kim Marks of Earth First! and Rising Tide North America. Space is limited and running out. If you want to attend RSVP to  Please fill out the form at to find out about carpool opportunities.

On Sunday, September 9th, training participants will travel together to Leesburg, VA, site of the TPP negotiations for the rally.  Email for details.  Click here to download a copy of the training flier.

Rally for Good Jobs, Affordable Medicine & a Healthy Environment

Sunday, September 9  •  3:00pm
Lansdowne Resort  •  44050 Woodridge Pkwy  •  Leesburg, Virginia (near Washington, DC)

Rally cosponsors include the American Jobs Alliance, American Medical Student Association, Bergen County Green Party, Brooklyn For Peace, Citizens Trade Campaign, Communication Workers of America, Fair World Project, Family Farm Defenders, Friends of Animals United NY/NJ, Friends of the Earth, Global Justice for Animals and the Environment, Healthcare for the 99%, Health Global Access Project,  International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers,  International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, International Brotherhood of Teamsters,, Manhattan Greens, Mingas Network, National Family Farm Coalition, New York Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, Occupy Astoria Long Island City, Occupy Wall Street Environmental Solidarity Working Group,  Occupy Wall Street Trade Justice Working Group,, Organic Consumers Association, Penley Global Law, Pennsylvania Fair Trade Coalition, Peruvians in Action NY, Public Citizen, Queerocracy, Rainforest Action Network, Rainforest Relief, The New York Whale and Dolphin Action League, The Sierra Club, TradeJustice New York Metro, United Students Against Sweatshops, West Queens Greens, and Wetlands Activism Collective.  Occupy Queens is in solidarity with the rally.

How to get there:

Limited carpool space is available for people leaving on the 8th.

Otherwise, get on the bus!  People will be traveling to DC together on commercial bus lines (Greyhound, Megabus, etc. -tickets to DC now only $17 online!)  From there, we’ll have chartered buses to Leesburg. RSVP now to reserve your seat on free union-operated buses leaving Washington, DC and to find out details on how to leave NYC with others going to the rally, training, and other events.

Click here to download a PDF of the rally flyer


Wait, there’s more!

Actions will be taking place almost every day between Sept 6 and 15 and we can use your help! Let us know what dates you are available and we’ll work to arrange housing.

***How Can I Help in Advance?  (sign up to help in any of these ways here)

1) Make signs, banners, and other visuals in advance of the rally that people can bring down.
2) Volunteer to make calls to invite New York activists to come down for this mobilization.  We can provide lists of names and numbers.
3) Pass our fliers at rallies, marches, and other events to publicize the rally, training, and other actions.  We can suggest places to flier.

*** Can i make a donation to support this effort?
Donate to cover materials and other action-related costs at

***I can’t make it to VA – are there other ways I can help?   (sign up to help here)

1) Make calls to reporters to invite them to the actions in Leesburg to and confirm that they received press releases.  Anyone can help with this regardless of experience if they have a phone and a computer (to mail press contact lists to and email press releases from.  People with additional media experience may also be able to help in developing press contact lists and updating news releases with new action details.
2) Offer to house sit or pet sit for someone planning to spend several days in Leesburg.

***What about online petitions and letters?

1) Spread the Word About the Trans-Pacific Partnership Send a letter to the editor to major news outlets and demand that they cover the deal that is swiftly becoming “NAFTA-on-steroids” with the world.
2) Demand a New Trade Model  Ask your senators to help steer our trade policy back on course by cosponsoring the 21st Century Trade Agreements Act today.
3) Derail the Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP negotiations continue in Leesburg, Virginia, with the public locked out and the texts held in tight secrecy. Urge U.S. Trade representative Ron Kirk to release the draft texts.
4) Take Fracking Out of our Trade Agreements Tell US Trade Representative Ron Kirk  that no trade agreement should pave the way for increased fracking.

Questions: Call (718) 218-4523 or email

And don’t forget – fill out the form to RSVP online now for info on carpools, buses, housing, and volunteer opportunities.

Learn more about TPP at these sites: * * * *

Sat, 5/12: Global Food Justice Workshops @ Brooklyn Food Conference

Join OWS Trade Justice for a track of workshops at the Brooklyn Food Conference on the fight against free trade agreements that benefit corporate agribusiness at the expense of consumers, indigenous peoples, Afrodescendant communities, family farmers, farmed animals, wildlife, and the environment.

Date: Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Location: Brooklyn Technical High School, Room 5W12
29 Fort Greene Place Brooklyn, New York 11217
Admission is free; preregister here.

Room 5W12

11AM-12:15AM: Free Trade vs. Safe, Just, and Sustainable Food
w/ Kathy Ozer (National Family Farm Coalition, Leticia Alanis (La Union), Daira Quiñones (Mutual Association Afro-Colombian for Integrated Development and Entrepreneurship (AMDAE), and John Kinsman, President, Family Farm Defenders.

2:00PM-3:15PM: Globalizing Agribusiness: Free Trade, Factory Farms, and Genetically Modified Food
w/ Adam Weissman (Global Justice for Animals and the Environment) , John E. Peck (Family Farm Defenders), and Noam Mohr

3:30PM-4:15PM: Taking Action for Global Food Justice

w/ Christina Schiavoni ( WhyHunger) and Adam Weissman (Global Justice for Animals and the Environment)



Sat, 5/12: Globalizing Agribusiness: Free Trade, Factory Farms, and Genetically Modified Food Panel at Brooklyn Food Conference

Learn how the Obama administration and Congress are helping corporate agribusiness use NAFTA-style free trade agreements to create markets worldwide for genetically modified crops and factory farmed animal products at the expense of consumers, farmers, workers, animals, and the environment. Find out what we can do to stop it. Continue reading

Sat, 5/12: Taking Action for Global Food Justice Workshop @ Brooklyn Food Conference

A participatory session to plan strategies and actions to fight free trade agreements that destroy farming communities, make our food unsafe, and globalize unsustainable industrial agriculture. Learn about the latest free trade agreements threatening our food system, hear about past organizing efforts from seasoned activists, and then: get organized! Continue reading

Sat, 5/12: Free Trade vs. Safe, Just, and Sustainable Food – Brooklyn Food Conference Panel

An information-packed session on the threats of free trade agreements and how we can fight to globalize food justice, not corporate control of our food. Learn how “free” trade hurts farmers, forces migration, exploits labor, jeopardizes food safety, supports factory farming, and otherwise undermines the goals of the food movement. Continue reading