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Washington Fair Trade Coalition

What Can I Do, Right Now?

Want to make a difference and get our country on the right track for a trade policy good for our workers, community, and environment?

Please try to attend any public meetings with your Representatives or Senators (and even state-level legislators!). Let them know that the current NAFTA trade model is wrong and is NOT WORKING for working people around the world. Tell them you want them to work for trade policy that creates SHARED PROSPERITY not just prosperity for the 1%.

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Fast Track is Going Nowhere

We have 20 years of lived experience since NAFTA. Across the country, our failed trade policy is connected with rising inequality, weaker environmental policies, and growing corporate influence over how we set goals and manage our economy.

The US and 11 other countries are negotiating a huge new trade deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “Fast track” legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to TPP through Congress. Neither bill is going anywhere.

We expect that inequality will be a featured issue in the mid-term elections, later this year. We can’t make progress on inequality, if TPP passes.

The US Trade Representative, Michael Froman, has started “reading in” members of Congress, to assure them that we’ve had great results from NAFTA, that TPP will not reinforce the shift of power toward global companies, and TPP will not restrict policy options for environment, labor, human rights, public health, financial regulation and internet freedom.

We need to keep in touch with our elected officials, to make sure they understand that the USTR’s credibility on this issue is fading rapidly as we see the real consequences of our bad policies to date.

The best statement, so far, on new trade legislation in Congress comes from Representatives George Miller, Louise Slaughter and Rosa LeLauro:

Our constituents did not send us to Washington to ship their jobs overseas, and Congress will not be a rubber stamp for another flawed trade deal that will hang the middle class out to dry.

Nice 12 minute background video on TPP

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Join Us: International Day of Action Against the TPP

No More NAFTAs-
Stop the TPP!! International Day of Action

Friday, January 31, 2014
12 Noon

Westlake Center
, Seattle

In solidarity with our trade justice allies in Mexico, Canada and across the U.S., communities throughout WA State are coming together to remember 20 years of NAFTA’s failed promises.
And to call on our elected leaders to oppose the “NAFTA of the Pacific,” the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive “free trade agreement” that could impact nearly every aspect of our lives, from the food we eat to the air we breathe to the quality of our jobs. Despite the huge impact the agreement would have on our communities and the environment, the TPP is being negotiated in near complete secrecy.

In addition, this month, members of Congress introduced a ‘fast-track’ bill which would take away Congress’ ability to debate TPP, amend it or do little more than vote yes or no. Fast-track takes away our elected officials ability to represent us. It takes away our democracy.

The good news is that Congressman Jim McDermott has pledged to vote “No” on Fast Track. We need the rest of the WA State delegation to represent us by protecting good living wage jobs and a healthy environment for the people of WA and all across the world.

What:  Press Conference/Action to honor Rep. McDermott’s leadership in pledging to Vote No on fast-track and to call on every member of the WA State delegation to do the same!
When: Friday, January 31st 12 pm
Where: Westlake Center, 400 Pine St Seattle
Who: Sierra Club, 350.org, Community Alliance for Global Justice, Plant for the Planet, Backbone Campaign, Occupy Bellingham, Spokane Move to Amend, Expose the TPP, the Washington Fair Trade Coalition & You!

For more information contact:  Kristen Beifus at: kabeifus@gmail.com or  206.992.7913

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TPP on KUOW

KUOW, the Seattle NPR radio station, took a look at the TPP, yesterday. Give it a listen:

Here’s the background segment:

http://kuow.org/post/biggest-trade-agreement-you-havent-heard-about

And here’s the pro and con segment, with Eric Shinfeld, from Wa Council on International Trade for 6 minutes, then 6 minutes with Stan Sorscher, President of the WFTC:

http://kuow.org/post/what-trans-pacific-partnership-could-mean-washington

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WFTC Annual Membership Meeting – Jan 23rd at 3pm

Please Join Us!
Washington Fair Trade Coalition Membership Council Gathering
Thursday January 23rd from 3-5 PM, followed by a Happy Hour


Please note: New location !!
2821 2nd Ave in Seattle, Bay Vista Building – 6th Floor – Beaumont Room

Agenda
  • Introductions – why the Coalition’s work are important to my organization
  • Update on the Coalition’s structure
  • What we want as organizations
  • Accomplishments from 2013
  • Why we need to continue in 2014
  • Staffing for Development Director and Executive Director
  • Fundraising plan
  • Actions:
    – Fast Track and TPP state of play and Congressional outreach campaign
    – Organizational sign-on letter opposing Fast Track
    – January 31 Intercontinental Day of Action
  • Happy Hour !!


Please RSVP to Stan Sorscher stans@speea.org 206 255 4393.

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Join us for the Inter-Continental Day of Action, Jan 31st

No more NAFTA — 20 Years is Enough!

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) and other corporate “trade” deals.

January 2014 marks the twenty-year anniversary of 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.”

We are calling on you to join us in demonstrating against NAFTA and the TPP here in Seattle and throughout WA state.   For more information,  go to the Trade Justice Network

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Fast Track Introduced Into Congress

The best statement on new trade legislation in Congress comes from Representatives George Miller, Louise Slaughter and Rosa LeLauro:

Our constituents did not send us to Washington to ship their jobs overseas, and Congress will not be a rubber stamp for another flawed trade deal that will hang the middle class out to dry.


And here’s an article from CommonDreams.org.

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WFTC ED Fund Kickoff a Success!

The WFTC Education Fund Breakfast Was a Success!

The combined and energized presence of 160+ fair trade advocates helped us raised over $10 thousand dollars to support our education work on trade justice!

Special thanks to Stan Sorscher, Colette Cosner, Meg Kennedy, Celso Tolman, Kamaria Hightower & Michael Righi for organizing a most memorable event.   And deep gratitude to Rosalinda Guillen from Community to Community and Kshama Sawant for inspiring us all.

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TPP Hurts Small Businesses & Manufacturing-Explain Yourself Pres. Obama!

YES! Magazine explores why ‘Factory owners in the United States say that the Trans-Pacific Partnership—will force them to lay off workers. Yet opponents in Washington are few and far between.

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#TPPTuesday Get Ready for a Twitter Storm!

This Tuesday, August 13th
Learn more about TPP’s effects on food and farming, at this Twitter Party. The virtual party will take place Aug. 13 from 6-7:30pm PT. The experts are Alexis Baden-Mayer from the Organic Consumers Association and Kerstin Lundgren from the Fair World Project. Send your questions to them at #TPPMediaMarch and follow the #TPPMediaMarch hashtag to see their responses. Share this with your friends and family so that they can participate as well.

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