Dear Chapter Contacts and Activists,
As part of our National Campaign Against Corporate Globalization And For
Positive Alternatives, the Alliance is extending its work to include the FTAA
(Free Trade Area of the Americas). There is real urgency on this because the
heads of state of the 34 countries of the western hemisphere will meet from
April 20-22 in Quebec City, Canada, to begin negotiating the FTAA in earnest.
Many chapters have already begun to organize around the FTAA locally and
Alliance members are making plans to be in Quebec City this April. Herein
youll find materials to help learn about and organize against the FTAA.
The FTAA has been described as "NAFTA FOR THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE" but
it goes far beyond a geographic expansion from three to thirty-four countries.
The FTAA is likely to combine the worst aspects of NAFTA, the MAI, and the WTO,
thus creating the most potent consolidation and codification of corporate power
in the western hemisphere to date.
This is why thousands of people from Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Latin America
are gearing up to voice their opposition to the FTAA in Quebec City April 16-22,
and thousands more will do so from their own communities. If your chapter has
not yet focused on the FTAA, we encourage you to look through this packet to see
how you can get involved and take the lead in educating your community.
Some actions, like national call-in campaigns to public officials, are ready to
go with just a quick phone call or e-mail). Some just require picking up your
pen to write a letter-to-the-editor or an op ed piece. Even teach-ins, caravans,
and workshops can be organized fairly easily by calling one of several
organizations listed below that are ready to show up at your doorsteps to
produce these events. Whatever level of involvement your chapter chooses,
we hope you will make your voice heard opposing the FTAA.
April 16 is just around the corner, so whether you want to have people join
the protests in Quebec City or plan related events at home, it is time to get
organized! We hope you will get the word out right away to your chapter members
There is an immediacy to the FTAA protests which we think Alliance members
will find exciting. The materials in this packet, and others listed in the
packet which you can order, can be used for a high energy chapter meeting or a
community teach-in on the FTAA -- a great chance to attract new members.
Please be sure to share this information with chapter members and with others in
your community concerned about the impact of NAFTA and corporate globalization.
For more information, contact:
David Lewit firstname.lastname@example.org
Globalization Campaign Co-Coordinator
Garret Whitney email@example.com
AfD Co-Vise chair