The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is the propsed agreement currently under secret review of 31 governments anf 500 corporate heads, attempting once more to fortify corporate power at the expense of humans and the environment. The FTAA has been termed "NAFTA on steroids" becuase it is similar in that it would force 34 nations in the western hemisphere to comply with the rules of "free trade." Tariffs on imported goods, restrictions on toxic chemicals or genetically engineered foods, union organizing and current environmental laws all consititute "barriers" to free trade. Under this agreement any labor or environmental protection could be challenged by a corporation, judged by a tribunal and found to be a violation of "free trade!!" The summit for this proposed agreement begins April 19th in Quebec City and opposition is heating up all around the globe!
If you or anyone you know are going to be in Traverse City April 20, please come and join:
April 20, 2001
4:00pm (march at 5:15)
Traverse City Farmers Market Parking Lot (downtown)
WANTED:People on bikes, skateboards, blades, scooters, wagons, unicycles, wheel-chairs, strollers; & pedestrians with placards, puppets, stilts, drums & other percussion for the noise brigade.
******The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is a proposed trade agreement that affects us all!!! It is an assault on the environment, labor, human rights and the sovereignty of nations, including our own.*******
Take part in this DIRECT ACTION, WORLDWIDE SOLIDARITY event!
For more info go to: www.nrec.org/eday01 and www.stopftaa.org
Sponsered by the Grand Traverse Bay Earth Day Committee/Rad Unit