NAFTA 2.0: The Devil is in the Details
Start: June 10, 2018• 7:30 PM • Eastern Time (US & Canada) (GMT-05:00)
End: June 10, 2018• 9:00 PM • Eastern Time (US & Canada) (GMT-05:00)
We will hear from two well-respected experts in their fields as they share their analyses of where we are and where we need to go when it comes to trade justice:
William Waren, Senior Trade Analyst with Friends of the Earth, U.S. will fill us in on the details of Friends of the Earth’s take on extremely important chapters some of us hear little about. The new Regulatory Review chapter in NAFTA, for example, involves corporations forcing countries to harmonize our laws and regulations to match up to the trade pact’s demands. This is particularly egregious when it comes to climate change and clean energy, fracking, regulating toxics, bee-killing pesticides, food labeling, and other “technical barriers to trade”. FYI: “barriers are regulations passed in the public interest to preserve our water, our air, our food, that global corporatists see as impeding their future profits. These “technical barriers to trade” protect our health and the well-being of the planet on which we depend for survival. Yet, believe it or not, the drafters of NAFTA and TPP are writing enforceable laws to undermine these important safeguards. Consider that we want to move forward to mitigate and prevent climate disaster and water degradation, presumably, we could be barred from, for example, banning fracking or drilling, or even banning toxics. The shocking truth about the numerous new NAFTA 2.0 chapters is they are regurgitated from the TPP.
We will also hear from Ryan Harvey, a brand-new National Field Director with Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. Ryan comes to GTW with an impressive background in trade activism from the Seattle WTO protests to the Miami Free Trade Area of the Americas protests—both highly successful campaigns. He also worked with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers on their Fair Food Campaign.
Ryan will give us an overview and update with action alerts for the #ReplaceNafta campaign—the push to eliminate ISDS and much more.
Trade Justice Alliance Sunday Webinar
June 10, 2018 / 4:30 Pacific / 5:30 Mountain / 6:30 Central / 7:30 Eastern Time with
William Waren, Senior Trade Analyst, Friends of the Earth, U.S.;
Ryan Harvey, National Field Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch