Submitted by lrt2 on Sun, 09/07/2014 - 18:28

LONDON TTIP Day of Action Saturday 11th October
11.30am,T-TRIP BIKE RIDE, Assemble Lincoln's Inn Fields London WC2A,
-visiting people and places that will be affected by TTIP including a Global Frackdown at HSBC. US embassies across Europe have been offering grants up to $25,000 for activities promoting TTIP. Exposing it for the corporate power-grab that it is didn't qualify us for one of these grants, so please get creative, decorate your bikes, bring bells and whistles and help us ride the T-TRIP to Parliament Square by 2.00pm.
<!--break-->TTIP, the US/EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (called TAFTA - Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement in the US) is a 'free trade' agreement between the world two biggest economies, being negotiated now in secret. However TTIP is not about trade. It is in fact a corporate coup that will take us to a "legalised" 'corporatocracy', a corporate-run world. A broad coalition has been formed to defeat it which Rising Tide UK has joined. You can sign-up your Group, Network or organisation to the International callout for the next decentralised Day of Action on Saturday October the 11th (text below).
If agreed, the EU-US Trade Deal (TTIP) would grant corporations the power to sue governments, threatening to lock-in the privatisation of our schools and NHS. Rules
that protect workers, the environment, food safety, digital rights and privacy would be undermined, with harmful industries like fracking encouraged. Together we can stop it.

DOA Call-out text:- Reclaim Democracy! : Roll back corporate power! : People and planet before profit!

 Call for European decentralised multi-sectoral day of action against TTIP, CETA, TISA and corporate free trade agenda* – 11th October 2014**


Civil society, trade unions, farmers and grassroots activist groups from all over Europe call for a day of action to stop the ongoing TTIP, CETA, TiSA and other free trade negotiations and to promote alternative trade policies, which put peoples‘ rights, democracy and the environment first.
TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and EU) are the most prominent examples of how trade and investment policies are being negotiated undemocratically and in the sole interest of large corporations. Negotiations are being undertaken in secrecy, with very little information available for public scrutiny, while allowing corporate lobbies increasing influence over them.
Should these agreements go ahead, multinational corporations will have exclusive rights to sue governments before international panels independent from national and European legal systems. They will reduce health and safety standards in a bid for transatlantic „harmonization“ and undermine national and local governments authority to prevent harmful business practices such as fracking** or use of GMO's. They will induce the sell-off of essential public services and force workers and social rights in a race to the bottom.
These policies are closely linked to the ongoing dismantling of social standards and the push for privatization of public services in the name of "austerity", „crisis-policies“ and increasing „competitiveness“.
The day of action will make our dissent publicly visible in the streets of Europe. We will carry the debate about these policies into the public arena, from which the EU Commission and European governments try to keep it away. And we will promote our alternatives for different economic policies.

 We stand in solidarity with citizens and groups around the world who share our concerns for the environment, democracy, human and social rights. TTIP/CETA/TiSA and other similar trade agreements will be stopped by the energy which the citizens of Europe, Canada and the US put into making our voices heard.

 We call on organisations, individuals and alliances to participate by organising autonomous decentralized actions across Europe. We welcome diversity of tactics and solidarity actions from across the world that will help inform, engage and mobilise people locally.

 We can win this battle. Together, let's roll back corporate power!


* Groups are welcome to translate, adapt and change the call for your their own mobilisation.
** Groups are also welcome to choose a different day of the week if more appropriate for their local campaign
*** The 11th October is also the Global Frack Down
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