CAFTA Isn't "Free Trade"!!!
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Tue Aug 2 06:09:41 MDT 2005
July 28 Statement: Stop CAFTA Coalition Denounces CAFTA Approval
Groups in Solidarity with Central American Opposition Pledge to
Continue the Fight Against the Implementation of Unjust Trade
CAFTA Passe House of Representatives by the Slimmest of Margins
Grassroots CAFTA Opponents Mobilize for Final Vote
To download a congressional call-in script, go here or aqui para
Informacion en espanol
A National Call For People Of Faith To Reflect On Trade Justice
Tell your Representative STOP CAFTA
Anti-CAFTA organizational sign-on letter
join over 300 organizations in the US and Latin America in signing
a letter that will be delivered to Congress
For more action ideas download stopcafta's organizing guide. For a
list of local organizations visit our contact page.
anti-CAFTA Petition from the Meso-American forum
Why We oppose CAFTA-DR (Oakland Institutue)
Urgent Action - Protesters in Guatemala face Brutal Repression
During Protests Against CAFTA
CAFTA Ratified in El Salvador after Marathon Legislative Session
Groups Opposed to DR-CAFTA Release Letter with over 160
Contact Your Member of Congress. Never lobbied before? No problem.
Download stopcafta's lobby kit created by the stopcafta
Get Educated. To find out more about CAFTA download the Washington
Office on Latin America's (WOLA) CAFTA briefing.
The Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) was signed by
trade representatives from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua,
Guatemala, the U.S. and later Costa Rica at the end of January.
The governments of Central America were forced to concede to the
demands of the Bush administration on most key elements of the
agreement. But, the fight against CAFTA is far from over. In order
for CAFTA to become official it must be approved- along with all
necessary implementing legislation by the National Assemblies
(Congress) of each participating country.
Despite tremendous popular opposition to the agreement in Central
America at present, it seems clear that stopping CAFTA will have
to happen in the United States Congress. Members of Congress are
hearing a lot these days from their constituents about the
negative impact of "free" trade. Now more than ever it is critical
to tell your congressperson to say No to CAFTA, Yes to Jobs, Yes
to small farmers, and Yes to equality! (click here to find out how
these issues are related.)
Why is CAFTA important? Defeating CAFTA will set back the already
reeling FTAA process, perhaps for good. Throughout Central America
and the U.S. people have been organizing. Thousands have marched
in Guatemal City, Managua, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa and San Jose.
Negotiations have been picketed in Cincinnati, Houston, New
Orleans, and Washington D.C. COME JOIN US!
Some suggested actions:
Voice your opinion. Call your member of Congress.
Meet with Congress. Organize a delegation to meet with your
representative. Lobby materials and other CAFTA information is
available at the new and improved Quest for Peace CAFTA website.
**Para materiales en espanol vaya a la pagina de web de United for
Street Theater: act out the Witness for Peace CAFTA role-play
Hold a "fair trade" sale, with fair trade coffee and other
products. Raise money for a local action and raise awareness about
alternatives. Check with Transfair USA for a list of certified
fair trade distributors.
Have a teach-in at a local university. Contact Tom Ricker
(tomr at quixote.org) for help if you need a speaker.
Picket a local Federal Office Building
Collect ballots against CAFTA and deliver to your member of
Congress. Witness for Peace has a CAFTA/FTAA ballot available as
well as other CAFTA materials. Feel free to adapt it to raise
awareness of local issues.
Fight CAFTA with Cookies. Set up a table with a cell-phone handy
and give away cookies to anyone willing to call their member of
Visit www.stopcafta.org for a list of actions and local contacts,
or to post an event.
INFO for making your own flyers and posters!
Top 10 Reasons To Op pose CAFTA
US/LEAP Fact Sheet
Campaign For Labor Rights Fact Sheet
>From the Stop Cafta Coalition: Quixote Center, NISGUA, CISPES,
Share Foundation, US El Salvador Sister Cities, Witness for Peace,
Nicaragua Network and more.
Other CAFTA resources
Citizens Trade Campaign
Campaign for Labor Rights
Global Trade Watch, Public Citizen
Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC)
Central American Groups Working Against CAFTA
Encuentro Popular Costa Rica
Centro de Estudios Internacionales Nicaragua
Central America is Not For Sale!
For Indymedia coverage of CAFTA and other important events go
More information about the Rushtalk