Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Oppose the " Free Trade" Agreements

Most of you know that the Americas Program has been analyzing and monitoring the impact of Free Trade Agreements since the inception of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the early nineties. The conclusion of this work is that FTAs hurt workers, the poor, indigenous peoples, farmers, women and others in every country involved, and they deliver huge advantages to corporations. The result is increased inequality and environmental destruction.

We celebrated the demise of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) when Latin American countries rejected its coercive terms. We have called for renegotiation of NAFTA and written against the Panama and Colombia Free Trade Agreements. We hoped for a new fair trade policy under the Obama administration and we saw those hopes crumble.
Tomorrow the next batch of anti-worker Free Trade Agreements comes before Congress, in the midst of an on-going unemployment crisis. The Panama, Colombia and South Korean FTAs are more of the same unfair terms to favor transnational business as workers and the environment continue to suffer.
Today is the day to act on all we've learned about the negative effects of FTAs. Contact your legislatorsTODAY to let them know we will not accept increasing corporate privileges at the expense of jobs and our environment. Our partners at Witness for Peace have set up an easy way to phone in or to send an email
But we have to do it now! This is our last chance to stand up for decent jobs, labor rights and environmental protections, threatened by the FTAs.

Phone in or send an email to Congress today. Together we can make a difference. Please act now!

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