Dear Columban Advocates,
“The dignity of each person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies.” Evangelii Gaudium. par 203.
Trade ministers from the 12 participating countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership will gather today in New Zealand to add their signatures to the deal. This, however, only marks the beginning of the ratification process. Although leaders of participating countries will sign the agreement, it still has to be approved by lawmakers in each of their respective countries, including the U.S.
From the Columban experience, we know that the TPP does not further the best interests of the communities Columbans serve. Weakening environmental regulations, creating new powers for transnational corporations, and threatening human rights are just a few of the TPP’s potential consequences. You can read more about these international consequences in our latest statement, which includes statements from members of the Columban community who are in countries that will be impacted by the TPP.
We invite you to join us in a national conference call today to learn more about the effects of the TPP and what we need to do in the coming months to stop it. Call in to hear from our own Columban Father Bill Morton on why the TPP is an issue of faith! Father Morton serves on the US Regional Council for the Columbans and is based in El Paso, TX at the Columban Mission Center.
Unpacking the Trans-Pacific Partnership National Conference Call
TODAY, Wednesday February 3rd @ 2 PM EST/1 PM CST
To access the Call, dial 303-248-0285 and enter access code 6017869#
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
[[Picture Caption: Groups gather outside the Capitol building to oppose the TPP.]]
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