Action in NYC: US Out of the Asia-Pacific Region! No to the TPPA!
Posted: 04/23/2014 Filed under: Uncategorized
Asia-Pacific community organizations in NYC and across the US will hold actions on Friday, April 25 to protest the so-called US “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The actions are timed with President Obama’s visit to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines beginning this week.
What: Rally Against Increasing US intervention in Asia-Pacific Region & the TPP
When: Friday, April 25, 6:30pm
Where: Times Square US Armed Forces Recruitment Station (43rd Street & Broadway)
The usage of the word “pivot” as a policy term to describe the US strategic agenda in the Asia-Pacific region was first introduced by former US Secretary Hillary Clinton in October 2011. Months later in January 2012, President Barack Obama and then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a shifting of US military forces to the Asia-Pacific region.
At the same time, the Obama administration has been leading top-secret negotiations with big multinational corporations and 11 other countries in East Asia, Southeast Asia and along the Pacific Rim on a multi-lateral trade agreement that has been dubbed “NAFTA on Steroids”. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) stands to be the largest “free trade” agreement in history, and the most vicious against labor, the environment, and people’s rights.
US-based Asian-Pacific Islanders are building a broad movement to oppose increased US economic, political, and military intervention in the Asia-Pacific region. We demand our tax dollars be redirected towards resolving the worsening domestic economic crisis, rather than on increasing intervention abroad. We also recognize and stand in solidarity with the peoples of the Asia-Pacific region who have long been resisting US intervention and hegemony.