Speaking Event: What Is the TransPacific Partnership, And Why Are People Saying All Those Terrible Things About It?

When & Where
Unitarian Universalist Center - Chapel
1187 Franklin Street @ Geary
San Francisco, CA
July 25, 2013 - 7:00pm

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a multi-national “free trade” agreement strongly supported by corporations (Chevron, Halliburton, Walmart, AT&T, Cargill and Pfizer, among others), banks and powerful government officials. Negotiations to finalize and implement the deal are taking place behind closed doors: a select group of corporate advisors can see the text, while the public, members of Congress, journalists, and civil society are excluded.

If implemented, the agreement could send millions more US jobs offshore, exempt multinational banking and financial institutions from oversight, endanger public health and environmental safety, and extend restrictive intellectual property laws across the globe—with disastrous consequences for technological innovation, freedom of information and the right to personal privacy.

This forum will focus on several key elements of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, describing how it can affect the lives of millions of people and what can be done to stop it.


Danny O’Brien
International Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Danny O’Brien, who currently supervises EFF's global strategy, has been an activist for online free speech and privacy for over 15 years. In his home country of the UK, he fought against repressive anti-encryption law and devised an electronic communications system, “FaxYourMP,” designed to make the UK Parliament more transparent. Through the Committee to Protect Journalists, he worked for three years to protect at-risk online reporters. He is also the co-founder of the Open Rights Group, Britain’s own digital civil liberties organization.

Victor Menotti
Executive Director, International Forum on Globalization (IFG)

Victor Menotti writes and speaks extensively about the impact of globalization on ecosystems and has helped build international networks among the traditional farming, forest, fishing, and indigenous communities whose survival depends on them. His reports, published by the IFG, include “Free Trade, Free Logging: How the World Trade Organization Undermines Global Forest Conservation” and “The Other Oil War: The Halliburton Agenda on WTO Energy Services.” He also wrote the chapter “WTO and Native Sovereignty” in Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Economic Globalization.

Free Admission • Wheelchair accessible