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No More NAFTAs-
Stop the TPP!! International Day of Action
Friday, January 31, 2014
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!
KUOW, the Seattle NPR radio station, took a look at the TPP, yesterday. Give it a listen:
Here’s the background segment:
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:
Please Join Us!
Washington Fair Trade Coalition Membership Council Gathering
Thursday January 23rd from 3-5 PM, followed by a Happy Hour
- 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
– 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 !!
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
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.
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.
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.
Rep. McDermott was an early signer onto a recent anti-fast track letter led by Rep. DeLauro (from Connecticut), signaling that there are significant issues at stake with the TPP and this is not just another bi-lateral trade deal.
We need to thank Rep. McDermott for his leadership and ask the rest of the WA delegation to sign on to this critical letter in favor of Congressional oversight of US trade negotiations. Fast-Track is going to be coming up September/October so we have a very small window to take action. For a copy of the letter visit: http://washingtonfairtrade.org/transpacific-partnership-tpp/fast-track-wa-leaders/
During the recent WSLC Convention in Vancouver, WA there was a sea of delegates wearing ‘Stop TPP No More NAFTAs’ stickers thanks to Shannon Hagen and IBEW Local 46 for making them and Celso Tolman for very thorough distribution! Celeste Drake, trade expert with the AFL-CIO gave a rousing plenary presentation, which led to an overflowing workshop later in the day, where we were joined by Mark McDermott, who never fails to enliven a room! Special thanks also goes to Stan Sorscher for his smart workshop edits on the fly. Throughout the workshop and convention, we distributed action flyers on Fast-Track, encouraged outreach to Congressional offices on the DeLauro letter, talked to locals about the critical role of members in the work of the WFTC and signed up individuals for #TPPTuesday and newsletter updates.
The WFTC hosted a very well attended WFTC lunch with Celeste that resulted in immediate actions when some WFTC members reached out to their internationals on the spot to see if they had passed TPP resolutions. If you have not yet, please ask your international if you have a resolution on the TPP and if so please forward to the WFTC.
Thanks to IBEW Local 46 (Shannon, Nicole & Bob) the Construction & Building Trades passed 3 TPP resolutions, and SPEEA with leadership from Judy Mogan, Brent McFarlane, Becky Hewitt, Stan and Chelsea passed another TPP resolution for good measure. See: http://www.wslc.org/2013res.htm Resolutions #5, 10, 11 & 12!
Special appreciation to Lynne Dodson, Secretary Treasurer of the WSLC & WFTC Boardmeber for arranging for Celeste to attend the convention and for such an important focus on the TPP. Also many thanks to everyone at the WSLC for an incredibly well organized event.
Then the first week in August, thanks to Shannon Hagen’s monumental efforts, the WFTC held one of only two workshops offered at the Building and Construction Trades Convention in Wenatchee. It was a huge technical feat as Celeste was in DC, however with Shannon’s technical savvy, we were able to webinar her in. IBEW packed the room along with some new allies and it was an important opportunity to focus on the impact of the TPP and the building/construction trades. Thank you to the enormous team effort at the WFTC!