People and the planet before profit!
With the next round of The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations set for Montréal from January 23rd to 27th 2018, it is important for organized labor, environmentalists, family farmer groups, and other civil society organizations to show their united opposition to corporate trade deals as we did in our efforts to defeat the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas in the 1990s. Common Frontiers, the Trade Justice Network, the Council of Canadians and Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale have joined forces to demonstrate their opposition to market liberalization at the detriment of human rights and the environment.
These four networks coordinate a pan-Canadian coalition consisting of labour unions, environmental groups, farmers, Indigenous groups, women’s groups, digital rights activists, social justice organizations as well as other activist and civil society groups. The coalition was formed during the Mexico City civil society meeting in May 2017 to voice concerns of social movements and the public about NAFTA renegotiations throughout English-speaking Canada and Québec.
We invite other organizations and civil society from across English Canada and Quebec to initiate actions and mobilize on January 23rd to 27th to coincide with the sixth round of NAFTA negotiations in Montreal, Quebec.
Launch of the joint NAFTA website and plans for action
To promote actions and activities by different labour and social organizations in Canada and Quebec, the pan-Canadian coalition launched a new web site today https://nocorporatenafta.net.
This platform has three main goals:
· Centralize and make accessible NAFTA-related information
· Share alternatives to the neoliberal trade model
· Share information about events and actions, and help to coordinate activities during days of action
During the week of January 22nd to the 27th, we encourage everyone to take action and participate in diverse ways in their own city.
We invite organizations to share details of their actions and any photos or videos with us. We commit to sharing them as we coordinate these days of action. (need contact info of someone)
Montréal rally on NAFTA and the Paris Climate Agreement - January 27, 2018
The pan-Canadian coordinating group invites Québec and Canadian organizations to participate in a rally to be held in Montreal on Saturday January 27 organized by Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale. The theme of the rally will be NAFTA against the Paris climate agreement, and will be followed by a social gathering.