WHEREAS, the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement ( hereinafter referred to as TPP) is being negotiated in secret as a “trade agreement” while 24 of the 26 chapters are about new enforceable corporate rights and privileges and restraints on government regulations on drug patent monopolies affecting the price of HIV/AIDS drugs among others, on the offshoring of jobs, on the preservation of natural resources, and on financial services, land use, food safety, energy, tobacco and threats to internet freedom; and
WHEREAS, these new rules will be enforced through trade sanctions enforced by corporate –appointed tribunals which will have the power to sue the US government and other governments for compensation for losses caused by enforcement of financial, health, environmental, land use and other laws which they deem to have caused them financial loss; and
WHEREAS, after Obama’s election US trade officials were instructed to withdraw from the TPP negotiations launched by President Bush to sort out a new approach to trade which would fix the NAFTA model and prevent the corporate control of international trade of which TPP is an extreme example;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party calls upon the Obama administration to immediately withdraw from TPP negotiations and make public all negotiations that have been carried out thus far; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURHTER RESOLVED, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party calls for the distribution of this resolution to all California state and federal elected officials and to President Barack Obama and the Office of US Trade Representatives.
Submitted by Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains