NO MORE NAFTAs! 20 YEARS IS ENOUGH!
Inter-Continental Day of Action against the TPP & Corporate Globalization
Friday, January 31, 2014
This is a call to action for communities throughout Mexico, Canada and the United States to join together on January 31, 2014, and say "ENOUGH!" to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, and other corporate "trade" deals. Solidarity actions elsewhere throughout the globe are welcome.
January 2014 marks the 20-year anniversary of the NAFTA, a pact that has had devastating consequences for working families, small farmers, Indigenous peoples, small business and the environment in all three countries and beyond. The pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been described as "NAFTA on Steroids." Four years into the TPP negotiations, this new corporate power grab threatens to:
Destroy livelihoods and accelerate the global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions
Further commodify agriculture, trample food sovereignty, hurt small farmers and contribute to forced migration
Enable new corporate attacks on democratically-enacted environmental and consumer protections
Undermine global economic stability by prohibiting effective regulation of financial markets
Reduce access to life-saving generic medications, increase the costs of prescriptions, and restrict freedom on the Internet
The harm that NAFTA has already cost our communities, and the new threats the TPP poses, must be both acknowledged and resisted. We also need to spread the word that since NAFTA, when people have come together across issue areas and across geographic borders, we have defeated similar corporate power grabs like the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), the Millennial Round of the World Trade Organization, and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). We will do so again with the TPP.
This January, we are calling on you to attend, and ideally to help organize, a demonstration against NAFTA and the TPP in your community. An international march is already planned for Mexico City on January 31, and people are already beginning to organize actions in other cities. In the meantime...
For more info, please email January31@citizenstrade.org
This call to action is endorsed by:
Alliance for Democracy
Citizens Trade Campaign
Community to Community Development
The Council of Canadians
Expose the TPP - USA
Flush the TPP
Friends of the Earth US
Illinois Fair Trade Coalition
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Maine Fair Trade Campaign
March Against Monsanto
Mexican Action Network on Free Trade (RMALC)
Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition
Oregon Fair Trade Campaign
Pennsylvania Fair Trade Coalition
Progressive Democrats of America
Quebec Network on Continental Integration (RQIC)
United Students for Fair Trade
Washington Fair Trade Coalition