Want to make a difference and get our country on the right track for a trade policy good for our workers, community, and environment? Check out these action steps, and look below for a wealth of resources to learn more.
- Call your Representative, urge them to OPPOSE TPP (855)856-7545
- Visit your Representative at their office or set up a meeting.
- Collect postcards from your friends to send to Congress! Call Gillian at 206*227*3079 to request postcards.
- Hit the streets! Join our newsletter to learn about upcoming opportunities to engage. Email email@example.com with subject heading Newsletter Addition
- Organize. A teach in! A bannering! Light projections! A Street theater! Be inspired by Backbone Campaign’s creative visual tactics.
- Attend our WA TPP ACTIVATION SUMMIT on April 9! Whether you’re interested in getting involved or have been organizing on trade justice issues for years, this day-long training and skill-share is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject heading RSVP Summit for more information.
Corporations vs. Constituents: Whose side are you on? Check out this partial list of organizations that support and oppose the TPP and this “beautiful” trade deficit: Think our trade policy is taking us in the right direction?
More Information on Fair Trade policy issues:
- Citizens Trade Campaign – A one-stop shop for citizens and activists on how to move fair trade policy forward.
- Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch – A research center with extensive background materials and analyses covering the policy and practices of global trade.
- AFL-CIO Global Economy Website – Wide-ranging set of resources (including news and blogs) on the impacts of trade policy on worker rights.
- National Farmers Union Trade Resources – Provides resources and commentary on trade policy from the perspective of the family farmer.
- Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program – Information on how trade policy affects national & international environmental protection.
- Doctors without Borders Access Campaign – Provides analysis and resources on how TPP would undermine access to medicines in low income countries
- Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy – Provides updated analysis and news on how trade policy developments would impact small farmers and local, sustainable, healthy food systems.
Trade and Immigration:
Did you know that our current trade policy has led to increased forced migration around the world?
The Washington Fair Trade Coalition believes that the free movement of goods and people can be beneficial. However, our current NAFTA-style trade model has instead lead to forced migration – people feeling like they have no other option but to leave their homes and move somewhere where they believe there will be better opportunities to make a living. Millions of people have been forced to leave their homes or even their countries as NAFTA and other trade agreements have made it harder for certain groups of people to make a living.
To learn more about the links between trade and migration see: Public Citizen’s Trade and Immigration page.
Links For Fair Trade Products:
There is also a lot of energy related to building fair trade markets and supporting fair trade producers. While this is not the specific focus of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition, we work in partnership and endorse the practices of many organizations in this area, including: