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Toronto to rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership during continent-wide day of action

More than 45 cities say No More NAFTAs!

WHO: Fair trade, mining justice, migrant rights, indigenous activists, food sovereignty activists, and labour activists.  The march is organized by Common Frontiers, The Council of Canadians, Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly and the Trade Justice Network.

WHAT: On Friday, January 31, Toronto activists will march between the Mexican and U.S. consulates to protest the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and NAFTA. The march and rally outside the U.S. consulate is one of 45 similar actions across North America and the world as part of an Intercontinental Day of Action against corporate globalization. The action coincides with an important conference in Mexico City on the catastrophic impacts of NAFTA on Mexico and the need for a radically new trade model for the continent and beyond.

WHEN: Friday, January 31 @ 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Beginning at the Mexican Consulate (Yonge and King, downtown) and ending at the U.S. Consulate (University Avenue, south of Dundas). The march will make stops outside of legal firms and mining companies associated with the corporate trade agenda embedded in NAFTA and the TPP.

WHY: The pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) expands this pro-corporate regime across this hemisphere and the Pacific Ocean. Leaked texts prove the TPP is another corporate bill of rights that 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