Lisbon, When international trade agreements are negotiated behind closed doors and outright protests have been marginalized, if not criminalized, what are the 'little people' to do? A score of rogue "delegates" infiltrated a corporate-sponsored gala welcoming guests to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations and held a mock award ceremony for "Corporate Power Tools." Other actions involved an 'occupied' mic-check and replacing toilet paper throughout the hotel with custom rolls. Clearly, the elite don't like being made fun of, but they certainly got the message that people paying attention and don't like what is being done behind closed doors. Video: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/10582.html Goodman Green - Brasscheck
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By Andy Bichlbaum
Yes Lab (yeslab.org)
Two dozen rogue "delegates" disrupted the corporate-sponsored welcome gala for the high-stakes Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations yesterday with a fake award ceremony and "mic check." Other activists, meanwhile, replaced hundreds of rolls of toilet paper (TP) throughout the conference venue with more informative versions, and projected a message on the venue's facade.
The first action began when a smartly-dressed man approached the podium immediately after the gala's keynote speech by Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative and former mayor of Dallas. The man (local puppeteer David Goodwin) introduced himself as "Git Haversall," president of the "Texas Corporate Power Partnership," and announced he was giving Kirk and other U.S. trade negotiators the "2012 Corporate Power Tool Award," which "Haversall's" partner held aloft.
The crowd of negotiators and corporate representatives applauded, and "Haversall" continued: "I'd like to personally thank the negotiators for their relentless efforts. The TPP agreement is shaping up to be a fantastic way for us to maximize profits, regardless of what the public of this nation—or any other nation—thinks is right."
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