Raymond Johansen, international coordinator for the Norway Chapter of the Pirate Party and advisory board member of FreeAnons, is part of the global movement connected by social media and the internet to oppose FTAs. He points to the strength of a “network of connections on all continents” that will put an end to the trade deals that primarily benefit multinational corporations.
I see international trade agreements as a form of economic imperialism where the large economies, such as the US, gets too much power and render democracies in our countries obsolete. From the standpoint of a European citizen and as a strong supporter of transparency I especially dislike the TPP. I also find it incredible that the US people are not more worried about what TPP will mean for them.
One year ago who could have foreseen that opposition to mega murky free trade agreements would see the birth of a global movement; mobilising tens of thousands of people onto the streets around the world? Well that’s what happened first on 11 October 2014 and again just now on 18 April 2015!
From places as diverse as Hawaii to Argentina, the USA, Europe, Senegal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Korea and even Fiji, citizens in 46 countries or across 5 continents expressed a vehement, creative and insisting no
to TPP, TTIP, CETA and their siblings.
In Europe alone tens of thousands of people marched in Madrid, Munich, Paris, Vienna and many other cities. Globally 734 actions were organized and roughly 650 of them took place in Europe. Compared to the global day of action in October, the number of events increased, as did the number of participating countries.
On 18 April citizens and volunteers collected thousands of signatures for the Stop TTIP ECI. Between 8-10 June the European parliament will vote on a TTIP-resolution and it would be both; great and important if we could reach our target of two million signatures by the time of the vote.
And apropos gathering momentum: thank you for supporting the Giant Pencil Tour! Your generous donations have turned the idea into reality! Two Giant Pencils are ready for action and on their way to Romania and Danemark where they will premier on 1 May! At the time of writing the pencils have been booked in several countries with more reservations on their way. We also received a great amount of invitations to take one of the Giant Pencils to your home town and at various summer events. As we plan each tour we will visit as many as possible and will report back to you via our blog-space and social media.
Thank you for your support and
Your Stop TTIP campaign team
(Michael Efler, Stephanie Roth and Cornelia Reetz)
Global Day of Action… and Inspiration!
On April 18th, Europe felt more united. Citizens all over Europe organized in hundreds of activities, flooded the squares of their cities to send a common and clear message to European politicians: No more trade agreements at the expenses of the environment and human rights!
Ready, steady & go for the Giant Stop TTIP Pencil!
Your support and response for the giant pencil has been incredible: it turned the idea into reality! Your generous donations have come to cover 25 percent of the entire project budget; so we decided to go for it and do it! Hurrahhh here comes the giant StopTTIP Pencil!
European Parliament to vote on a TTIP resolution
The European Parliament is currently working on a resolution on TTIP. A vote in the plenary assembly is scheduled for early June. And although it will be considered a non-binding decision, it could have important implications for the TTIP negotiations. On the table are a multitude of hot issues such as public services, data flow, labour rights, regulatory cooperation…
Support the self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP and CETA!
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