Action Alert

Fair trade or free trade? Let your voice be heard on Minnesota’s future!

The Obama Administration is negotiating two new mega trade deals (one with Pacific Rim countries, another with Europe) entirely in secret, with the goal of further expanding the NAFTA-model of free trade. These trade agreements could have major impacts on Minnesota's farmers, workers, small business owners and rural communities. They could limit Minnesota’s ability to support local food and energy systems and grow local businesses. In order to stay up to speed, Minnesota has set up a new Trade Policy Advisory Council (TPAC) to advise the state legislature and Governor.

TPAC wants to hear from Minnesotans: What concerns do you have about free trade? What role could TPAC play in the future? Now is your opportunity to have a say in our future trade policy. Complete the survey and let them know future trade negotiations should be public, not secret. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard in the development of trade agreements and that they protect local control and our quality of life. The free trade model has failed for Minnesota and we need a new approach to trade. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard before trade agreements are completed, and that they protect local control, our natural resources and our quality of life.

Please take five minutes and complete the survey. To find out more about these trade agreements, go to

Percolate: TTIP: The Biggest Trade Agreement You've Never Heard Of

Tue., July 23, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Peace Coffee Shop - Wonderland Park
3262 Minnehaha Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Negotiators from the U.S. and Europe are busy working on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. If passed, this would be the biggest trade agreement ever, with impacts far beyond what most people think of as "trade," and could seriously erode public goods and "the Commons" on both sides of the ocean.

Join IATP's international trade expert Steve Suppan for a discussion of this behemoth free trade pact, how it could affect you and your community, and why so much of the official debate on something so important is being held in secret.

Please register for the inperson event by contacting Marin Byrne at or (612) 870-3411 or view the livestream on our YouTube channel.

Live stream will start at 6:00pm CST

Percolate is an opportunity, every other month, to join IATP in discussions about food, farming and trade. This isn’t just another lecture—come ready to participate!