Pro-Corporate Deal Opposed by Broad Spectrum of People Across Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) today applauded reports that the largest proposed pro-corporate trade deal in history is not moving forward in the U.S. Congress during the upcoming lame duck session. The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would have given corporations unprecedented power to control everything from environmental and health regulations, to local community governance.
“LSP is proud to have been a part of a broad coalition of labor, environmental, consumer, faith, human rights, and the many other organizations that worked tirelessly to help everyday people raise their voice and oppose the TPP,” said Mark Schultz, LSP's Policy and Organizing Program director.
Schultz added, "This is an important victory for people. The reason the TPP won’t be brought up for a vote in the lame duck session is because it would be defeated. And it would be defeated because the American people, across the whole political spectrum, have clearly and strongly rejected it. Only the corporations and their allies want it. This is a victory for American democracy."
For the past two years, LSP members from across Minnesota, working with various allies, have been participating in meetings, collecting thousands of petitions and making hundreds of telephone calls to stop the TPP. They expressed concerns that this pro-corporate policy was bad for democracy and bad for rural communities. LSP also brought farmers to meet their elected officials in Minnesota and D.C. to oppose this policy.
“This policy would have given corporations the power to sue my local township, which is against my rights and local democracy," said Nolan Lenzen, an LSP member and dairy farmer from Eagle Bend, Minn. "I worked to defeat this policy because this was not a trade deal but a corporate power grab over our democracy and our economy.”
The Land Stewardship Project is a Minnesota-based organization dedicated to fostering an ethic of stewardship for farmland, promoting sustainable agriculture and developing healthy communities. It has offices in the Minnesota communities of South Minneapolis, Lewiston and Montevideo.