Trade Justice: With TPP defeated, the focus turns to NAFTA
The Alliance for Democracy has long opposed undemocratic multinational trade deals that enshrine corporate power over the will of the people. We brought our perspective to the teach-ins and talks that were key to launching an anti-corporate globalization movement at the "Battle of Seattle," organized against the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATTS) and the Multinational Agreement on Investment (MAI), and most recently took on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, by encouraging cities and towns to pass anti-TPP resolutions, and to declare themselves "TPP Free Zones," meaning that they would ignore any TPP-related directive aimed at striking local laws off the books, or overturning local board decisions. Between the Alliance, labor, and determined grassroots organizing, more than 100 cities and counties passed resolutions opposing the TPP, some of which contained TPP Free Zone language as well. You can read more at this page on our old website.
A global grassroots movement defeated the TPP, but in the US it's not dead yet. President Donald Trump's promise to leave, renegotiate, or replace NAFTA is turning into an opportunity to make a bad trade deal worse. Now we are organizing to make sure that a new NAFTA represents the popular demand for better job protection, enforceable labor and environmental standards, strong food and transportation safety, and protection for "buy American" and "buy local" procurement practices.
"So what can I do?"
If you want to ensure that a new NAFTA isn't just a retreaded TPP, it's important to start raising trade issues with your member of Congress.
If your state has an organized trade justice coalition, get connected.
To stay informed, we strongly recommend participating in regular conference calls organized by our friends at Popular Resistance.
Finally, letters to the editor are a great way to inform the public about NAFTA renegotiation, and how it might impact jobs, laws, and your local environment.
Stay up to date with the Alliance's actions for trade justice
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Sign post card and mail to your US Representative and 2 US Senators calling for a new NAFTA for the people and the environment
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