All posts tagged: TPP

Notes from October Meeting – The Spirit of Service: America’s Veterans and the Obligation We All Share

Club President Susan Peinado called the meeting to order five minutes earlier than usual at 3:55 PM. She welcomed and introduced guests, including Howard Singer, Jess Durfee, and Brian White with CBS News 8. Susan then introduced the following elected officials and candidates and welcomed each to give 2 minutes of remarks: Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Candidate District 1, San Diego City Council: Barbara Bry Candidate District 7, San Diego City Council: Justin DeCesare Candidate San Diego City Attorney: Gil Cabrera Candidate San Diego City Attorney: Rafael Castellanos Candidate for Congress (Vs. Congressman Darrel Issa): Douglas Applegate Candidate San Diego Mayor: Gretchen Newsom The agenda for the meeting was approved unanimously. Congressmember Scott Peters Congressmember Scott Peters provided an overview of recent congressional news, including the race for Speaker, gun regulations, climate change, renewable energy, and innovations in the military. He also reviewed the controversial agreement – the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Congressmember Peters was asked by club members to support the Quiet Skies Caucus and the Social Security Act of 2015. Program: The Spirit of Service: America’s Veterans and the Obligation We All Share Nathan Fletcher …

Gretchen Newsom Gives Union Perspective on the TPP Trade Deal

Originally posted on San Marcos Democratic Club:
Gretchen Newsom of IBEW Local 569 discusses TPP Have you heard about the “TPP” and wondered why there is so much disagreement among Democrats, Labor and our President about it? Gretchen Newsom, Political Director of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 569 in San Diego spoke to our club members at our monthly meeting about the current trade deal with Asia currently under negotiation. To set the stage for common understanding, Gretchen explained why this is so important – this trade deal is the largest ever negotiated in global history, covering 40% of the global economy affecting 792 million people. She then unraveled the confusion around what the various acronyms such as TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), TPA (Trade Promotion Authority) and TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance) mean. Currently, the President and his representatives from the State Department are in negotiations with 12 other Asian countries on a far reaching trade deal, the “TPP”. The first item that Congress already passed a few weeks ago was “TPA” –…

What Can Be Better For People Than TPP/TTIP?

During discussion of granting President Obama Fast Track Authority to ‘negotiate’ the Trans-Pacific Partnership two friends recently asked me: why is TPP wrong for the U.S., for U.S. workers and businesses? where are the ideas to provide something better? [Jump below the line for the short answer ☟] A lot of the discussion has covered the potential loss of American jobs, with corporations preferring to move manufacturing to where labor costs are lower, or there are less regulations or oversight, but I’d like to consider an even broader issue. Creativity. Let’s begin with a slight detour to think about culture, and in particular how digital media defines culture (a passing interest of mine, and hopefully yours if you’re reading this online). “Free Culture” is the title of a book by Lawrence Lessig. It’s subtitle is – How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. Lessig outlines the problems and some solutions with our ability to easily copy and manipulate digital artifacts. Interestingly enough you can download the book for free as a PDF file (or in many …

Scott Peters on Fast Track Authority the TPP and German Beer

Congressmember Scott Peters is now a Senior Party Whip as well as serving on the Armed Services and Judiciary Committees. Despite these extra commitments he, and Mary Anne Pintar, still made time to visit the club meeting on Sunday afternoon. In this short video he answers Gretchen Newsom’s question on Fast Track authority & the Tran-Pacific Partnership (and contrasts the quality of San Diegan and German beer). You can view other videos and subscribe to the club’s YouTube video channel here. Photo: Patrick Schultheis (German citizen)

TPP – Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Future of America

On July 2, 2012 Carol Heasley and I participated with the Occupellas as delegates to the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) conference. After singing our songs protesting the TPP, the IP and Labor negotiators remained after the meeting and spoke with our group. We expressed our concerns about this very broad international agreement that can take precedence over our national sovereignty. The TPP has been drafted and negotiated in secret by 300 corporations. Even members of Congress have been denied access to the documents. I’m providing this summary at this time as, in spite of protests in San Diego and other cities, the TPP is continuing to move ahead. Every citizen should be aware of the potential impact of the TPP and should join in a movement to stop the approval and implementation of the TPP.