Monthly Archives: March 2014

Tell Bill Foster NO TPP – March 21st 2014

Join us on Friday, March 21st at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in front ofBill Foster’s Aurora office at 2711 E. New York St. Suite 204 Aurora, IL 60502.

Occupy Naperville is joining Illinois Free Trade Coalition and Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice to oppose fast tracking the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), yet another bad trade deal written by the 1% for the 1%.

Bring signs telling Bill Foster to vote NO on Fast Track and No on the TPP. It’s time for him to take a stand.

The Trans Pacific Partnership is a proposed new trade treaty which opponents call NAFTA on Steroids.  NIJwJ believes that it will eliminate many thousands of jobs for US workers, create new obstacles to environmental protection, climate protection, food safety , and workers’ rights. It will also increase the cost of prescription drugs, and impose new, extremely restrictive rules on the exchange of information and “content” on the internet.

The Trans Pacific Partnership is a threat to democracy because it gives multinational corporations the right to sue nation states, including the US,  which pass laws which interfere with a corporation’s “expected future profits.” So, if the US passes the Employee Free Choice Act, or a Carbon Tax, or even a “Buy American” law, the United States could be sued for doing that. The case would be tried before a three person panel, made up of corporate lawyers, who could impose substantial fines (to be paid out of taxpayer money) or possibly the law could be overturned. These tribunals would be held in secret and there would be no appeal.

So, the democratic process, by which we, as a free people govern ourselves, would be trumped by a new principle: that corporations have a right to their “expected future profits.” NAFTA contained some of these provisions, but the TransPacific Partnership strengthens and magnifies those provisions.

Fast Track is a legislative mechanism which will allow treaty proponents to ram it through Congress with no open hearings, and no amendments. Congress would just get an up or down vote.

Since negotiations for the treaty have been held largely in secret, and since most Americans are barely aware of the nature of this treaty, Fast Track would allow treaty proponents to pass into law many provisions which the American people would never allow if they were fully informed.

Bill Foster still claims that he needs to study the Trans Pacific Partnership before he decides his position after several months of appeals from citizens.  But the information already public is overwhelmingly damning. This treaty would only benefit the  elite of each of the 12 participating countries.

March 15th, 2014


10:00 am – Protest the TPP with Signs

11:00 am – General Assembly

Downtown Naperville (Van Buren & Washington across from BOA)

March 8th, 2014

Saturday, March 8th

10:00 am – Protest with Signs

Corner of Naperville Road and Diehl Road, Naperville, IL

11:00 am – General Assembly

Unitarian Church 1828 Old Naperville Road, Naperville IL
(One block east of Naperville Rd. and one block north of Diehl Rd.)
We will hold our General Assembly upstairs.