TPP Makes Me Sick: The Barf Brigade
Sickening New Video Exposes "Back-Room Deal for the 1%" on the 1-Year Anniversary of the Occupy Movement
New "TPP Makes Me Sick" Web Video Documents Recent Action at Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations
Leesburg, Va. — A group calling itself the Biotic Barf Brigade released an online video today documenting a "barf in" that took place during the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations held at the Lansdowne Resort on Thursday.
The activists say the TPP is a significant threat to public health, the environment and the economy, and that they released their video on the anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement in order to draw attention to what they call "the world's biggest back-room deal for the 1%."
"It's revolting that, while TPP negotiators refuse to tell the public what they've been proposing in our names, they've granted approximately 600 corporate lobbyists access to the texts," said Chuck Grossman, one of the activists. "Corporations like Walmart, Chevron and Cargill are colluding with governments behind-closed-doors on a pact that will promote sweatshop working conditions, block access to generic medications, accelerate fracking and deregulate Wall Street. If that doesn't make you sick, I don't know what will."
The TPP summit held in Leesburg from September 6 to 15 was the 14th major round of negotiations on what is poised to become the largest Free Trade Agreement in U.S. history.
While none of the draft text of the TPP has ever been officially released, some leaked documents have been published on the Citizens Trade Campaign website, and negotiations are said to be taking place on some 29 separate chapters covering everything from banking regulations and energy policy to food safety standards and medicine patents. The 2-minute video, titled "The TPP Makes Me Sick," shows activists sneaking into the negotiations, vomiting on the resort grounds and being ejected by security.
The video is available online at: https://vimeo.com/49582396 "I'm sure the 'barf in' will leave a bad taste in some people's mouths. It certainly did in mine," said Liz Hurley, another of the activists. "But a little vomit is nowhere near as distasteful as allowing this back-room deal for the 1% to continue forward in the shadows. I encourage people to watch and share the video, and to do whatever they can to help stop this disgusting corporate power grab."
The names Chuck Grossman and Liz Hurley are noms de guerre.
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