Atlanta, October 3 — We are holed up in downtown hotels, working with journalists, negotiators, lobbyists and government advisors late into the night. The fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which could be the largest regional trade agreement ever, may be decided in the next few hours. And it comes down to the issue we have defended all along: access to medicines. Five years’ work with partners in many countries has forced the U.S. government to compromise in favor of public health, much to the chagrin of the pharmaceutical giants. Read and watch more in The New York Times (two stories), The Washington Post, at WikiLeaks, on Democracy Now! and on our access program‘s web site. Public Citizen recently published this short profile of our program’s work.
Our no user-fees Sierra Leonean School of Hope has reopened its doors. Join Foday Mansaray and the stone mining kids of Adonkia as we put Ebola behind and provide education for all. See also this letter in The New York Times from my father, who served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Sierra Leone, critiquing the US government’s missed opportunities controlling the virus in West Africa.