As many as 1,000 demonstrators participated in a “Don’t Trade Our Future” rally in Washington on Monday to denounce Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that “fast track” will push through Congress. The protest was organized by Campaign for America’s Future, National People’s Action, Alliance for a Just Society, and USAction.
The protesters pulled a 15-foot Trojan horse through the streets, as they marched from Lafayette Square in front of the White House to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.
Featured speaker Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said, “The TPP is another corporate-backed agreement that is the latest in a series of failed trade policies which have cost us millions of decent-paying jobs, pushed down wages for American workers and led to the decline of our middle class. The TPP must be defeated.”
“The TPP isn’t a trade deal,” said columnist Jim Hightower. “It is a corporate coup d’etat, that is about to be rammed down the American people’s throats. It would make us poorer and less free, and we the people aren’t going to stand by and let it happen.”
“Fast Track is not what democracy looks like,” said Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen. We are shut out of the debate and the consequences are horrible for the environment, workers here and abroad, for our cities devastated by abandoned factories, and for public services underfunded with trade deficits leading to greater public deficits.”