Happy Election Day! Today, millions of Americans head to the polls. Once the votes are counted, the country will begin the transition into a new administration and Congress. Before this happens, however, there is still work to be done.
This year, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement is on the agenda during the lame-duck session. This refers to the time period after which a new president and Congress have been elected but before those who are newly-elected take office.
These next few months will be the last chance for the president to submit the TPP to Congress for a vote. Therefore, the time is now for people of faith to raise their voice against the TPP.
Why do we oppose the TPP?
As people of faith, we believe in the common good, the dignity of work, care for creation, and solidarity with the poor. We must evaluate trade agreements by these standards and the TPP falls short. Through our work with marginalized communities across the globe, Columbans see how these agreements benefit a small number of individuals, governments, and corporations while leaving many struggling to live.
For example, Columbans on the United States-Mexico border have witnessed the devastating effects of past trade agreements on the border community they serve. In the video below from the Hope Border Institute, Columban Father Bill Morton describes the destabilizing effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on border communities.
We cannot allow another secretly-negotiated free trade agreement to devastate marginalized communities and our common home while a small number reap the benefits. Luckily, there is hope. By coming together, we can stop this agreement.
This coming Monday, November 14th @ 3 PM EST/2 PM CT, we invite you to join a webinar which will provide current updates on the status of the TPP, testimony from communities on the ground, and opportunities to take action now to make the faith voice heard.
The time is now to raise your voice against the TPP so that we are not locked into this unjust economic agreement and can work toward more equitable, representative, and faithful policies.
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