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Citizens protest Brad Ashford’s vote in favor of Keystone XL outside his Omaha offices on Jan. 13, 2015. (Photo: Mark Hefflinger)

Saturday, April 18 is Earth Day, and before we head to the Earth Day Omaha celebration in Elmwood Park, we’ll be making a short detour to Rep. Brad Ashford’s office, to join a broad coalition calling on him to vote against TPP (the “Trans-Pacific Partnership”), a secret “trade” deal that would give corporations powers to trump a country’s environmental and labor laws.

  • WHAT: Rally Against Fast-Track & TPP at Brad Ashford’s Omaha Office
  • WHEN: Saturday, April 18th at 10:00 a.m. (before Earth Day at 11:00 a.m!)
  • WHERE: Brad Ashford’s Office, 7126 Pacific Street, Omaha (map)
  • RSVP: Complete the form below to let us know you’re coming.
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The TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) is a “trade” deal being negotiated in secret by corporations and 12 countries’ governments, including the U.S.

What’s worse, Congress is considering putting TPP on “fast-track,” meaning the President could sign it without any meaningful hearings and absolutely no amendments — ensuring the corporations that wrote it have the final say.

TPP would give corporations new power to sue governments at an international tribunal, if they don’t like a country’s laws protecting the environment, or workers, or people of faith.

In addition to giving Big Oil and polluters the power to trump environmental laws, TPP would kill small farms and lead to unprecedented levels of job outsourcing overseas, weakened Internet freedoms, and higher drug prices among other ills.

Some advocates for TPP like to argue that the trade deal would increase “exports” for agricultural products like soybeans, corn and beef — but the dangerous flipside is that unsafe food and products also could come flooding into the U.S.

Along with Bold Nebraska and Sierra Club, TPP is opposed by a broad coalition of environmental and labor groups including AFL-CIO, Communications Workers of America (CWA), Nebraska Farmers Union,, Natural Resources Defense Council, League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Union of Concerned Scientists and CREDO.