ALERT!!!!! Protect Access to Affordable Medicine! Make a Call to Stop Fast-Tracking of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!

New York members of Congress, unions, consumer, and environmental groups gather outside City Hall to protest fast-track legislation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.  If they can endure the cold and the snow to stop the TPP, you can make a few calls from your warm and comfy abode.

New York members of Congress, unions, consumer, and environmental groups gather outside City Hall yesterday to protest fast-track legislation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. If they can endure the cold and the snow to stop the TPP, you can make a few calls from your warm and comfy abode or office.

It is vital that you take one minute (honest, just one minute!) to call your U.S. House Representative and/or one of the high-priority targets on the list below (these are people who, ideologically, should be against the TPP and Fast-tracking it , but have yet to publicly affirm their opposition). It is very important you do so. Fast-tracking TPP would give the president the ability to negotiate the TPP’s terms without Congress being able to discuss or amend any part of it. Call these reps and yours NOW!

Rep. Waxman (Northwest LA, California)
Rep. Becerra (Central LA, California)
Rep. Matsui (Sacramento, CA)
Rep. Waters (Southwest LA, California)
Rep. DeGette (Denver, CO)
Rep. Lewis (Atlanta, GA)
Rep. Kelly, Robin (Northeast IL)
Rep. Yarmuth (Louisville, KY)
Rep. Clarke (Brooklyn, NY)
Rep. Lowey (White Plains, NY)
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn (Manhattan and Astoria, NY)
Rep. Meng (Queens, NY)
Rep. Blumenauer (East Portland, OR)
Rep. Bonamici (West Portland, OR)
Rep. Schwartz (North Philadelphia, PA)
Rep. Doggett (San Antonio and Austin, TX)
Rep. Eddie Johnson (Dallas, TX)
Rep. Engel (Bronx and Yonkers, NY)
Rep. Welch (Vermont)
Rep. Price (Chapel Hill and Raleigh, NC)

The process is extremely simple:
1) a) to call your rep, go to this website to find out who your Represntative is, if you don’t already know. (Congressman Mike Capuano has already written a letter to Obama expressing his opposition). b) to call one of the above targets, call the House switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for the rep’s office.
2) State “Hi, I’m someone who cares about access to affordable medicines. I’m calling to ask that Rep. XXX vote no on the recently proposed Fast-Track Bill (HR3830) and help stop the TPP!” That is all you need to say. Some offices will ask if you are a constituent. If you’re not, it’s fine – they still tally your call.

There is also a campaign to send emails and letters to the US Trade representative Michael Froman. You can participate here.

If you want to learn more about the TPP and Fast-Track, check out the links below.
TPP:
http://msfaccess.org/spotlight-on/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement
http://www.exposethetpp.org/TPPImpactsYou.html
http://blogs.plos.org/speakingofmedicine/2013/12/06/how-a-free-trade-agreement-threatens-your-health-and-the-health-of-the-people-you-care-about/
Fast Track:
http://www.popularresistance.org/fact-sheet-on-fast-track-bill-why-it-should-be-stopped/

Thanks to Bobby, Katrina, and our friends at BU Global Health Advocacy for the alert.

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