Since 1976, Project Censored, a media research, education and advocacy initiative currently based at Diablo Valley College, has been reporting on "The News that Didn't Make the News," issuing a look at the top 25 most censored stories of the year, and every year, we check in with them to talk about their work. In this edition of "Corporations and Democracy," Annie and Steve host Andy Lee Roth, Project Censored's associate director, to see what we we should have been reading about in the mainstream media. You can click here to listen.
Up until recently, activists here in the US had one main "ask" as they approached members of the House of Representatives on NAFTA renegotiation: to get a pledge that any final text that contained an Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism, NAFTA's current Chapter 11, would earn a "no" vote.
A NAFTA with ISDS out, however, could still be hugely damaging for the environment and climate, public health, jobs and work rights, and food safety.
We have four demands for NAFTA renegotiation:
No Investor State Dispute Settlement provision
Retain and strengthen "Buy Local" and "Buy American" public procurement preferences
Include much stronger protections for workers and the environment in the agreement itself--not as easily-ignored side agreements
Renegotiation must be conducted transparently, with legislators having full access to a public text
If you agree, print this postcard, have your fellow constituents sign, and then deliver to your member of Congress.