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No more NAFTA — 20 Years is Enough!

This is a call to action for communities throughout Mexico, Canada and the United States to join together on January 31, 2014, and say “ENOUGH!” to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other corporate “trade” deals. Solidarity actions elsewhere throughout the globe are also welcome.

January 2014 marks the twenty-year anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a pact that has had devastating consequences for working families, small farmers, indigenous peoples, small business and the environment in all three countries and beyond. The pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been described as “NAFTA on Steroids.” Four years into the TPP negotiations, this new corporate power grab threatens to:

  • Destroy livelihoods and accelerate the global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions
  • Further commodify agriculture, trample food sovereignty, hurt small farmers and contribute to forced migration
  • Enable new corporate attacks on democratically-enacted environmental and consumer protections
  • Undermine global economic stability by prohibiting effective regulation of financial markets
  • Reduce access to life-saving generic medications, increase the costs of prescriptions, and restrict freedom on the Internet

The harm that NAFTA has already cost our communities, and the new threats that the TPP poses, must be both acknowledged and resisted. We also need to spread the word that since NAFTA, when people have come together across issue areas and across geographic borders, we have defeated similar corporate power grabs like the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), the Millennial Round of the World Trade Organization, and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). We will do so again with the TPP.

We are calling on you to attend, and ideally help organize, a demonstration against NAFTA and the TPP in your community. An international march is already planned for Mexico City, and people are already beginning to organize actions in other cities.

In the meantime:

For more info, email January31@citizenstrade.org.

This call to action is endorsed by:

  • The Action Hub
  • Alliance for Democracy
  • Backbone Campaign
  • Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
  • Citizens Trade Campaign
  • Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform (COMER)
  • Common Frontiers
  • Community Alliance for Global Justice
  • Community to Community Development
  • The Council of Canadians
  • The Council of Canadians – Kamloops Chapter
  • Expose the TPP – USA
  • Flush the TPP
  • Food First, Institute for Food and Development Policy
  • Food and Water Watch
  • Friends of the Earth US
  • Global Exchange
  • Global Justice for Animals and the Environment
  • Grandmothers Advocacy Network
  • Green Party of Delaware
  • Illinois Fair Trade Coalition
  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • Institute for Policy Studies, Global Economy Project
  • January 1st Collective
  • Maine Fair Trade Campaign
  • March Against Monsanto
  • Massachusetts Pirate Party
  • Mexican Action Network on Free Trade (RMALC)
  • Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition
  • Move On Dallas Council
  • Move On Fort Worth Council
  • Move On Tampa Council
  • National Farmers Union (Canada)
  • Occupy Edmonton
  • Occupy Red Deer
  • Oregon Fair Trade Campaign
  • Orlando Light Brigade
  • Pennsylvania Fair Trade Coalition
  • Planting Justice
  • Polaris Institute
  • Popular Resistance
  • Progressive Democrats of America
  • Quebec Network on Continental Integration (RQIC)
  • Raging Grannies Action League
  • Reclaim Our Democracy Canada
  • United Students for Fair Trade
  • Washington Fair Trade Coalition
  • Witness for Peace Northwest
  • Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Corporations vs Democracy Issue Committee
  • Writers on Societal Issues & Futurism

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