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Our Common Struggle, Making the Links
Sat, 16 April 2016, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM PDT
Our Common Struggle, Making the Links.
Teach in on International Instruments of Corporate Power: TPP, CETA, FIPAs & NAFTA.
Saturday, April 16th
SFU Center for Dialogue, Room 320
520 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Coast Salish Territories
Governments around the world are working hard to secure and expand the rights and powers of multinational corporations. Their most significant efforts involve the negotiation and ratification of international trade, investment and property rights agreements. Canada is currently engaged with the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) involving 12 pacific rim states and counting, 29 existing Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreements (FIPAs) with 7 being negotiated and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The negative effects of these agreements are far reaching and opposition to their imposition has historically been seen as a collective responsibility of various social movements. This one day teach in aims to highlight the various ways in which the expansion of corporate rights impacts communities: corporate bailouts at the expense of social services, promoting the plunder of indigenous lands, undermining action on climate change, exploitation of workers, deterioration of people’s health, threatening food security, displacement of communities, privatization of public resources, limiting internet freedoms and much more.
The day will be provide a panel discussion, keynote presentations and caucus times for people to discuss, learn and plan together.
Accessibility information: to be posted soon.
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[ 9:30 am ] REGISTRATION
[ 10:00 am ]
Making the Links Roundtable
Panel presentation addressing the ways in which different communities and social struggles are impacted by the policies imposed by the international agreements that promote the power of corporations.
Anjali Appadurai on the climate impacts and preventing climate action. Anjali has work with global south movements on international governance including with the Third World Network and Jubilee South Asian People’s Movement.
Caelie Frampton on how people’s health and public healthcare is made vulnerable. Bio**
Formerly Homeless Dave on undermining security as social services for low income people. Dave is is an anti-gentrification and anti-displacement activist in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
Emma Lui on the threats to watersheds, water services and the human right to water. Emma is the National Water Campaigner with the Council of Canadians.
Brenda Sayers on the impacts on indigenous lands and communities. Brenda is from the Hupacasath First Nation that a court challenge against Canada’s ratification of the 31-year investor-state treaty with China.
Blair Redlin on the global exploitation of workers and weakening of workers organizing. Blair Redlin is a policy researcher / co-chair of the Trade Justice Network, retired former research staff of the Canadian Union of Public Employees and was formerly a senior administrator in the B.C. public service.
[ 12:00 pm ] LUNCH BREAK
[ 1:00 am ]
The TPP, Food Sovereignty and Our Health
Presentation by Dr. Shiv Chopra on the threat posed by the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement to public health and food safety. The agreement would allow for the introduction of recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), an artificial growth hormone developed by Monsanto to increase milk output from dairy cows. Dr. Chopra is a renowned scientist, former employee of of Health Canada and a human rights activist. In the late 1990s he with his co-workers testified infront of a Senate standing committee about how they were being pressured to approve drugs that presented safety concerns by senior supervisors, including rBGH.
[ 2:00 pm ]
Caucus Sessions will be facilitated spaces of dialogue and planning. An updated list of caucuses will be posted here as they are confirmed. If you would like to participate or propose and issue specific caucus please contact: email@example.com
Young Activist Caucus - Unite and fight the TPP!
Next Up BC, Check Your Head, and KPIRG are coming together to host a young activist caucus at the Council of Canadians' day-long teach-in happening Saturday, April 16th. We'll brainstorm how students, young and precarious workers, young artists, and other young people can get organized to stop the TPP. We hope this will be an important first step in building collective power against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other harmful trade agreements.
Come equip yourself with general knowledge about why the TPP is so disastrous. We'll give a short presentation, "How to talk about the TPP," empowering ourselves to educate others on its harms. If the TPP is ratified, the rights of corporations will be strengthened at the expense of the public interest, with grave implications on food safety, health care costs, and privacy protections.
At the health caucus we'll gather to discuss how we can work together to share information about the impacts of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade agreements on health, and build our collective power to stop them.
The TPP and other trade agreements have serious implications for people's health. The TPP would dismantle public health safeguards enshrined in international law, and would likely be the most harmful trade pact ever for access to medicines for many people around the world.
Anti-Poverty and Housing Caucus
This caucus will allow people to strategize on how to connect the daily struggles of low income communities with international policies that are likely to deepen and entrench poverty around the world. Historically “trade” agreements have used the concept of lifting people out of poverty as a way to sell the agreements but with several decades of NAFTA and other trade agreements serving as evidence we now know the impact is quite the opposite. At the sametime the recent trade debates focus very little on how low income communities could be impacted.
Join us for a discussion of how we can strengthen campaigns for housing, social assistance, universal childcare and other social services by a deeper understanding about how these international corporate rights agreements will undermine these efforts. We will discuss possible next steps to also make these struggle more visible in the fight against “free trade” and investment agreements.
Climate Justice Caucus
We invite you to join members of Rising Tide - Coast Salish Territories for a discussion about the impacts of trade/investment treaties on climate justice, indigenous rights, ecological protection and the criminalization of dissent.
About us: We ground our work in decolonizing principles, recognizing that environmental injustice stems from discrimination, domination, and violence through colonial occupation and expansion with the help of capitalist and imperialist institutions. We recognize our work as part of a broader global justice movement and seek to align our work with those who oppose all forms of oppression. Our organizing is committed to working in solidarity with impacted peoples locally and around the world.
[ 4:00 pm ] Next Steps: Building the Movement
We will host a brief closing discussion for people interested in exploring next steps, highlighting upcoming initiatives and discussing other organizing ideas in opposition to the many corporate rights agreements governments are currently pursuing.