Zahara’s Arrest


Zahara, a seven-year breast cancer survivor, was arrested on September 30, 2015 after disrupting Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in Atlanta, Georgia in a protest aimed at maintaining access to affordable cancer medicines in the 12 countries affected by the trade treaty. Zahara, in a

t-shirt reading "I HAVE CANCER. I CAN'T WAIT 8 YEARS," and holding an IV pole that read "TPP: Don' t Cut My IV,” refused to leave the Westin Hotel. She demanded that negotiators show her the text of the agreement, so she could verify that it did not contain a “death sentence clause” which would increase de facto monopolies on biological medicines for up to 8 years. Zahara is currently being treated by biologicals.

 

According to Zahara, “For thousands of women to die unnecessary of breast cancer because of the TPP is a horrible, cruel, premeditated, and avoidable catastrophe… Some of these medicines cost up to tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. When you have breast cancer today, you can’t wait 8 years or 7 years or 6 years for a treatment to become available or affordable. When you have cancer, even a one-year delay in affordable medicine can be a death sentence. That is why we call this proposed provision of the TPP a 'death sentence clause.' If it passes, thousands of women like me will die waiting." Zahara remained in custody until 2 AM the next day. Read Zahara’s speech to supporters upon her release from jail after her arrest.

 

Show your support for the actions of Zahara and other individuals living with cancer! Sign the petition to urge lawmakers and public officials to oppose TPP’s “death sentence clause!”