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"No More Secrets"

U.S. trade officials are secretly negotiating with other WTO member countries to expand the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) by opening up essential services like our postal system and municipal water systems to competition by foreign corporations. Deregulating and privatizing public services are major policy issues that require open public debate. We the people and our elected officials must have a voice. All the GATS requests must be made public. Send post cards to Robert Zoellick and your Congressional Representative demanding that all the GATS documents be made public. Then get your local officials involved.

First countries "request" other countries to change their laws and regulations. Then countries respond to these requests with their "offers." This bilateral horse trading between countries continues until they agree on a set of changes in each country. Once agreed upon these changes apply to ALL countries in the WTO.

The US negotiators (USTR) have said that they WILL NOT MAKE THESE REQUESTS AND OFFERS PUBLIC. So we have no way of knowing what is being traded away. The USTR is trading away our democracy and potentially putting our essential services under threat.

The U.S. has already sent and received the initial requests. The deadline was June 30. These requests must be made public. The leaked EU documents under "The Big Leak" give a taste of what is to come.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

The Alliance has developed campaign tools for demanding that this process be made public. Once we know what may be bargained away, we can speak out to protect our water, keep essential services public, stop land grabs, and protect local businesses.

POST CARDS

Send a post card to US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick and while you are at it send one to your Representative and one to your local media. That's the first step. We need thousands of post cards to flood the USTR, so take them to your chapter meeting and set up a table in your community. People need to know what is going on behind closed doors.

You can use the post card templates below to create your own post cards or you can order them in bulk from the National Office.

ASK YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS TO SIGN A LETTER

Contact your local council members and other local and state officials and explain what is going on. Ask them to sign a letter protesting this intrusion on their local democratic authority. The letter is also available on this website under "Stop the Secret Deals: GATS Requests Letter."

Here are three Postcard prototypes ready for copying, downloading and sending to the US Trade Representative, your U.S. Representative and your newspaper.

Send this card to: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick

                                Office of the United States Trade Representative

600 17th Ave, NW

                                Washington, DC 20508

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To Ambassador Robert Zoellick, United States Trade Representative

DON’T TRADE AWAY OUR DEMOCRACY – MAKE GATS REQUESTS PUBLIC.  "It is not OK in a democracy for you to secretly negotiate terms for the provision of public and  private services.  If the European Commission's GATS requests had not been leaked recently, we wouldn't know they want our postal service and municipal water systems opened up for competition by foreign corporations.  Deregulating and privatizing public services are major policy issues that require open public debate. We the people and our elected officials must have a voice.  All the GATS requests must be made public."
Here are the public services that I am most concerned about:

____Health Care   ____Drinking water   ____Social Security

____Postal Service   ____Libraries   ____Education   ____Transportation

_____________________________________________Signed _________________Date

               

Send this card to: The Hon. U.S. Representative______________________________________

                 United States House of Representatives

                                Washington, DC  20515

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  To the Honorable Rep_________________________________

I have just written to Ambassador Robert Zoellick, United States Trade Representative, about the secret negotiations taking place on the WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).  Here is what I said:  "It is not OK in a democracy for you to secretly negotiate terms for the provision of public and private services.  If the European Commission's GATS requests had not been leaked recently, we wouldn't know they want our postal service and municipal water systems opened up for competition by foreign corporations.  Deregulating and privatizing public services are major policy issues that require open public debate. We the people and our elected officials must have a voice.  All the GATS requests must be made public."  Congress must also demand that these requests be made public. I look to your leadership on this.
Sincerely, ________________________________________Signed___________Date

______________________________________________________________Address

Letter to the Editor:  Until recently, I never heard of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Now I have learned that this global agreement under the World Trade Organization threatens our public services.  Worse yet, this is being done in secret.  I have just written to Ambassador Robert Zoellick, United States Trade Representative, and to Congress calling for these secret negotiations to be made public. I told Ambassador Zoellick:
"It is not OK in a democracy for you to secretly negotiate terms for the provision of public and private services.  If the European Commission's GATS requests had not been leaked recently, we wouldn't know they want our postal service and municipal water systems opened up for competition by foreign corporations.  Deregulating and privatizing public services are major policy issues that require open  public debate. We the people and our elected officials must have a voice.  All the GATS requests must be made public."

Congress should demand that the US Trade Representative stop trading away our democracy in secret.
___________________________________________Name ___________________Date

 



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