Manchester Stop TTIP Action Day – 12th July 2014

scaleThe National Stop TTIP Action Day is in LONDON and MANCHESTER.

For those in the north: 12 noon – 3pm, outside Barclays on Market Street.

STREET ACTION * TALKS * *STALLS* BRING A PICNIC!

Facebook page for this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/750524748325270

For other actions nationally see www.nottip.org.uk

The next planning meeting is on 2nd July, 7pm at Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham St M4 1LE.

 

 

Take action now to break the media silence on TTIP

Last month 250 people, including MPs and trade union leaders, were arrested in Brussels while peacefully protesting against TTIP. But this was not covered by the UK mainstream media.

We can beat the media blackout. The UK’s most read print news source is our 1,100 local papers. Please write to your local editor to make sure people in your area hear about TTIP.

TTIP is being negotiated in secret – clearly, policy makers do not want people to know what they are planning to do to our environment, our public services, and our democracy. If we want to beat this undemocratic deal, we need to make sure that the public knows about TTIP and the impact it would have on our lives.

Local papers are read by more than 30 million people in the UK every day. Please take action to make sure people hear about TTIP.

No TTIP! national tour hits Manchester

7pm, 9th July cartoon_corporate_rule_elite_protest-400x219@ NW UNISON Arena Point, 1 Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1UN 

Free and open to all – tell your friends! No need to book.

War on Want is running a national tour with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, UNISON, WDM and other partners to raise awareness and take action against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Currently being negotiated in secret between the EU and USA, TTIP is set to be the biggest transfer of power to transnational capital that we have seen in a generation, and it is up to us to stop it. There is already a major campaign against TTIP across continental Europe, and we need to build one in Britain too.

Speakers include:

  • Melinda St Louis, International Campaigns Director of the Global Trade Watch programme at Public Citizen (USA)
  • Ulrike Herrmann, author of the new anti-TTIP briefing Free Trade: Project of the Powerful
  • John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want and author of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s TTIP briefing (now in seven languages)
  • plus other trade union and activist speakers from the anti-TTIP movement

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/719406398117664/

 

Stop TTIP or we’re fracked!

Trade deals are usually rather straightforward.

They are mechanisms by which rich, powerful nations get poor, weaker nations to open their borders to trade on their terms enriching the large corporations, a small elite and, if you’re very lucky, a few in the middle as well whilst driving those at the bottom off the land and into the sweatshops.

However every now and again something comes along that’s a little different.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a free trade deal between two trading blocks, Europe and the USA, neither or which are particularly poor and which have very few trade barriers.

So what’s going on? Read this blog to find out more.

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Have your say on TTIP — it’s up to us to tell them “NO!”

The official online consultation is HERE but first see Corporate Europe Observatory’s response to and critique of the consultation HERE. Significantly, it doesn’t allow people to feedback on one of the worst aspects of TTIP, the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).
However, this quick and easy poll (open till 6th July) allows members of the public to do just that: http://www.no2isds.eu/