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CALL TO ACTION: January 31 Inter-Continental Day of Action vs TPP & Corporate Globalization


Inter-Continental Day of Action against the TPP & Corporate Globalization

Friday, January 31, 2014

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), the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, and other corporate “trade” deals. Solidarity actions elsewhere throughout the globe are welcome.

January 2014 marks the 20-year anniversary of the 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 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.

This January, we are calling on you to attend, and ideally to help organize, a demonstration against NAFTA and the TPP in your community. An international march is already planned for Mexico City on January 31, and people are already beginning to organize actions in other cities. In the meantime…

Click Here to Receive Updates on the Day of Action (and personally endorse the call to action if interested)

Click Here to Volunteer to Organize an Action in Your Community (and be listed as a point of contact)

Click Here to List Your Organization as Endorsing the Call to Action (for organizational representatives only)

For more info, please email January31@citizenstrade.org

This call to action is endorsed by:

Alliance for Democracy

Backbone Campaign

Citizens Trade Campaign

Common Frontiers

Community to Community Development

The Council of Canadians

Expose the TPP – USA

Flush the TPP

Friends of the Earth US

Illinois Fair Trade Coalition

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Maine Fair Trade Campaign

March Against Monsanto

Mexican Action Network on Free Trade (RMALC)

Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition

Oregon Fair Trade Campaign

Pennsylvania Fair Trade Coalition

Polaris Institute

Popular Resistance

Progressive Democrats of America

Quebec Network on Continental Integration (RQIC)

United Students for Fair Trade

Washington Fair Trade Coalition