"FTAA Means Corporate Control from
Pole to Pole"
It's been called "Nafta for the
Western Hemisphere," but the FTAA is more than that. NAFTA and the
WTO agreements form the foundation on which the FTAA negotiators hope to build a
firm structure of corporate-led globalization at the expense of environmental
protection, workers' livelihoods, human rights, and democratic governance.****** National
All-Call Days to Protest FTAA ******
While the FTAA draft text is still secret, we know it will cover investment and
services -- incorporating as much of the failed MAI as possible and putting more
pressure on the privatization of public services. We also know the U.S.
wants to retain the highly controversial investor-to-state provision in NAFTA
which allows corporations to protect their profits, even future profits, by
suing national governments directly.
The trade ministers are meeting to discuss the FTAA in Buenos Aires on April 6
in preparation for the meeting by the heads of state in Quebec City April 20-22.
President Bush has made the FTAA with fast track authority a top priority. He'll
soon learn it is our priority too! Here are some ways to raise a commotion.
Come to Quebec City and let freedom
ring. The 2.4 mile perimeter of concrete
barricades topped by chain link fencing around the ministerial meeting will not
stop our voices. Watch Alliance Announce and our website www.thealliancefordemocracy.org
for details regarding Alliance activities.
The Hemispheric Social Alliance is holding events starting April 16 culminating
in an International Day of Action permitted rally on Saturday. For details
in English go to www.sommetdespeuples.org/en
Register to attend these sessions on the website. Space is limited so mention
that AfD is a member of HSA.
CLAC, the Anti-capitalist Convergence from Montreal, is organizing a Carnival
Against Capitalism including teach-ins, workshops, concerts, cabarets,
street theater, direct actions. Details at <www.a20.org>
Join women who will be weaving a web of solidarity around the barricades and
around the city on April 19.
For up-to-date information on housing, border crossing, etc., go to www.stopftaa.org
Hemispheric Day of Action Sat. April 21 Can't get to Quebec City? Plan a demonstration for April 21, the Hemispheric Day of Action, with other local
organizations. For information about what is going on in your area: on the
West Coast, contact Nancy Price 530-758-0726 firstname.lastname@example.org
; on the East Coast, contact Mike Morrill 610-775-4914 email@example.com
; and in the middle, contact Stevie Miller 317-872-3516 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thurs. March 22 Call-in to Congress and the USTR We'll
be pushing to get the FTAA text released when the trade ministers meet April 7
and to protest the assault on labor, environment and democratic rights. Watch
for details on Alliance Announce.
Wed. April 18 FTAA Summit Call-in We'll
be giving the U.S. delegation to Quebec City a royal send-off with calls to key
officials and members of Congress. Watch for details on Alliance Announce.