Protests Planned for International Trade Talks at Waikoloa

A series of  protest and educational  events are  being planned to coincide with talks scheduled to take place at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott on the  Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new trade agreement that would further lower trade barriers between at least twelve countries around the Pacific Rim. The talks, scheduled to take place March 9 through 15, will involve trade and industry representatives to work out details  preceding a ministerial-level meeting in April. At least 12 countries –The U.S., Japan, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico and Canada–have been participating in the talks, though South Korea and additional Latin American countries have made noises about joining.  The Obama Administration, at its official Web site on the talks, calls the TPP the “cornerstone” of its trade policy and maintains that in addition to attempting to open  more markets to U.S.-made products, the administration is negotiating for “robust environment standards and commitments from member countries”  and “strong and enforceable labor standards” in all the signatory nations.  But opponents claim that the treaty will lead to the export of millions of American jobs, strengthen pharmaceutical monopolies, encourage the privatization of lands and resources used by indigenous peoples, and erode national sovereignty in favor of corporate power.

Protest groups plan to place peaceful pickets around the resort throughout the week, culminating in a peaceful protest rally n Saturday, March 14, from 11. a.m. to 1 p.m.  They  have also  scheduled events with “educational speakers” at the Hilo Women’s Club on Wednesday, March 11, at 6 p.m.,  and at the West Hawaii Civic Center Council Chambers in Kono on Friday, March 13, at 6 p.m.   Among those speaking will be a representative from Global Access to Medicine;  The Third World Network, and  Unite Here, Local 5; as well as Palekapu Dedman of the Pele Defense Fund and Dr. Jane Kelsey from the University University of Auckland, New Zealand.

For more information about the proposed treaty, visit the Obama Administration’s TTP Web site.   For a good independent overview of the issues involved, see this article in Salon.  For more information about the protests, contact or visit:

Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760
Phone 808-966-7622



–Alan McNarie

5 replies
  1. Sara Steiner
    Sara Steiner says:

    I have been needing a Kona trip, I am so there! The TPP is another step into new world order, corporates in charge, loose more of your rights, kill independent business by more cheap walmart-type disposable stuff…

  2. Puna Ohana
    Puna Ohana says:

    the TPP will also take away Constitutional and states rights and replace them with corporate rights. I wish more people would read up on this and stop it in it’s tracks. They always tell you the good things it will do but never the bad things it will do. People watch TV and TV News which will NEVER tell you of their hidden agendas (21)? NWO, IMF

  3. Obie
    Obie says:

    Make sure you all wear your clown outfits and beat on drums like you usually do so we can pick out the Punatics in the news reports.The tin foil hats are a nice touch too !

  4. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    So Obie, instead of addressing any number of salient issues connected with the ‘trans pacific partnership’, chooses to ridicule.
    There is international resistance to the TPP because it is yet another mechanism for the .1% to f*ck over the rest of us.
    Apparently Obie has no problem with the corporate control of the planet. Simply trollish.

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