THURS 11/1: Protest Rangel Support for Peru Free Trade Agreement

From: Sowmya
Sent on: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 6:17 PM
PROTEST REP. CHARLIE RANGEL?S SUPPORT FOR THE PERU FREE TRADE AGREEMENT!
JOIN THE NATIONAL WEEK OF PROTEST TO STOP NAFTA EXPANSION TO PERU!
hanks to bribes from corporations like drug giant 
Pfizer (which wants to limit access to generic 
AIDS medications) sell-out Democratic Rep Charlie 
Rangel, Chair of the House Ways and Means 
committee is leading Democrats to support the 
Peru Free Trade Agreement (Peru FTA or "TLC" in 
Spanish), a NAFTA-style free trade deal which 
will be devastating to workers, indigenous 
people, Afro-Peruvians, family farmers, the 
environment, people with AIDS, social security 
recipients, animals ? everyone but multi-national 
corporations!  A vote on the agreement is likely 
to take place during the first or second week of 
October.  The Peru Free Trade Agreement is the 
first of new NAFTA-style trade agreements the 
Bush administration intends to pass.  After Peru, 
Panama, Colombia, and South Korea are next!  Four 
million Peruvian farmers and workers went on a 
two-day general strike this summer to protest 
their President?s betrayal of his campaign 
promise to oppose this agreement!  In addition, 
the two largest labor union federations in Peru 
have written letters to U.S. legislators urging a 
?No? vote on the trade pact.

PROTEST & STREET THEATER @ RANGEL?S OFFICE!
DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 1st,[masked]:30PM
PLACE: in front of Congressmen Charles Rangel's 
Office: Adam Clayton Powell State Office 
Building, 163 West 125th Street (between Malcolm 
X Blvd and 7th Ave) (2/3 to 125th St)

CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEMBERS!
Even if you can?t make the protest, be sure to 
call your Senators and Represenatives in their 
Washington, DC offices. To find your legislators' 
names and contact info, visit 
<http://snipurl.co...­. 
Ask to speak to their Legislative Aide on trade 
issues and express your opposition to the Peru 
Free Trade Agreement.  Ask them how they intend 
to vote.  If you get voicemail, leave a message 
and ask for a call back. Email a summary of their 
comments to Tom Loudon at <mailto:[address removed]>[address­ removed].
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Sponsored by the NYC People?s Referendum on Free Trade.
Voice: [masked]
Email: [address removed]    Web: http://tradejusti...­

To learn more about the Peru Free Trade 
Agreement, visit http://tradejusti...­




WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE PERU FREE TRADE AGREEMENT?

If passed the Peru Free Trade Agreement will:
? THREATEN SMALL FARMERS. The agreement will 
favor only a small sector of Peruvian farmers who 
export to the US. By lowering Peru?s tariffs on 
agricultural products, the vast majority of 
farmers would be vulnerable to cheap subsidized 
imports from the U.S.  This would wipe out local 
farmers?as happened to the 1.3 million who have 
been displaced in Mexico since NAFTA passed 12 years ago.

? THREATEN ACCESS TO LIFE-SAVING MEDICINES. While 
the amended text of the Peru FTA removes the most 
egregious, CAFTA-based, provisions limiting the 
access to affordable medicines, it still includes 
NAFTA provisions that undermine the right to 
affordable medicines for poorer countries.

? THREATEN WORKERS. Changes to the labor 
provisions are insufficient. The Peru FTA allows 
discretion for FTA dispute settlement panels to 
interpret and apply the terms of the ILO 
Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights 
at Work differently than the Declaration has been 
interpreted and applied by the ILO itself. 
Enforcement of the new changes will be dependent 
on the Peruvian Executive Branch that has a 
consistent record of undermining domestic labor.

? THREATEN THE AMAZON.  The Peruvian Amazon 
rainforest is already under attack by oil, gas, 
timber, mining, and corporate 
agribusiness.  Investor rules under the free 
trade agreement will allow corporations to sue 
the Peruvian government when enforcement of 
environmental laws results in lost corporate 
profits.  By contrast, environmental groups are 
not granted the right to sue corporations in 
international tribunals for violating 
multi-lateral environmental agreements?only the 
anti-environmental Bush administration will have that power.  New rules

? THREATEN INDIGENOUS PEOPLES by opening the way 
for large pharmaceutical and agribusiness 
corporations to patent traditional knowledge, 
seeds, and life forms. This opens the door to 
bio-piracy of the Andean-Amazon region and 
threatens the ecological, medicinal and cultural 
heritage of indigenous peoples.  Oil corporations 
like Occidental Petroleum have a devastating 
history of polluting the lands of indigenous 
communities and will be able to use the new 
investor rights provisions of the agreement to 
continue their practices with impunity.

? THREATEN WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND THE POOR. 
Provisions promoting the privatization and 
deregulation of essential services such as water, 
healthcare and education are written into this 
trade agreement. As these services become less 
accessible, women and the poor would have to make 
up for increases in prices of these services.

? THREATEN FARM ANIMAL WELFARE, FOOD SAFETY, AND 
DRINKING WATER.  As family farms are displaced, 
the US will flood the Peruvian market with animal 
products produced in inhumane, polluting, 
unsanitary factory farms.  Factory farming is 
also likely to increase in Peru with 
contamination of drinking water a likely 
outcome.  Under the free trade agreement, Peru 
will be forced to lift its ban on the import of 
US poultry products suspected of spreading avian influenza.

? THREATEN U.S. AND PERUVIAN SOVEREIGNTY. The 
Peru FTA contains a NAFTA-style foreign investor 
chapter that allows corporations to bring actions 
against governments that pass environmental and 
public health laws that might reduce corporate profits

?  THREATEN WILDLIFE.  Rainforest logging in Peru 
is associated with mass scale hunting of 
rainforest wildlife by logging personnel, causing 
the extermination of entire populations of large 
mammals.  New logging projects encouraged by the 
agreement's investment rules will exacerbate this 
problem.  The investment rules will also 
encourage by increased development along coastlines, threatening sea turles.

TAKE ACTION TO STOP THIS DISASTROUS TRADE AGREEMENT!


NYC People?s Referendum on Free Trade
News Release /Media Advisory
For Immediate 
Release 
Contact: Jessica Walker Beaumont
10/31/07 
(917)[masked]

Sen. Clinton Wrangled by Rangel, Edwards, Bush, 
and Corporate Lobbyists in Peru Free Trade "Tug-O-Hillary"

Who: NYC People's Referendum on Free Trade, NY 
Committee in Solidarity with the People of El 
Salvador, Wetlands Activism Collective, Global 
Justice for Animals, HealthGAP (Global Access 
Project), Movement for Peace in Colombia, and others.
Where: Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, 
125th Street and 7th Avenue (2/3 train to 125th Street),
When:  Thursday, November 1, 1PM-2PM
Photo Opportunity: Activists dressed as Charlie 
Rangel, John Edwards, George Bush, corporate 
lobbyists, and free trade foes engaged in a 
tug-of-war over with ropes tied to Hillary 
Clinton's arms, with a sign reading "Where will 
Hillary vote on Peru Free Trade Agreement?"as a backdrop.

Disappointed by Hillary Clinton's silence on how 
she intends to vote next week on the Peru Free 
Trade Agreement (Peru FTA) during her rally with 
Peru FTA backer Rep. Charlie Rangel last 
Saturday, trade justice activists will stage a 
"Tug-o-Hillary" in front of Charlie Rangel's 
office at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office 
Building.  With ropes tied to both arms, Hillary 
will be pulled in one direction by Peru FTA foe 
former Senator John Edwards, cheered on by 
defenders of  the rights of workers, family 
farmers, indigenous people, farmed animals, 
wildlife, the Amazon rainforest and people 
wanting access to affordable HIV 
medications.  Pulling in the other direction will 
be Charlie Rangel and George Bush?with corporate 
lobbyists holding money bags in front of them for inspiration.

Trade justice activists are fiercely critical of 
the Peru Free Trade Agreement, which they argue 
will limit access to generic drugs for people 
with AIDS,  shield corporate polluters from 
environmental laws protecting the Peruvian Amazon 
and its human and animal inhabitants, hurt small 
farmers and workers in both countries, and 
contribute to the expansion of inhumane, polluting factory farms.

According to Phil Josselyn of the NYC People's 
Referendum on Free Trade "Charlie Rangel and 
Nancy Pelosi have sold out to their campaign 
contributors at Pfizer and Occidental Petroleum 
and betrayed voters around the country who 
elected Democrats in November to bring a fair 
trade agenda to Washington.  Critics of the Peru 
Free Trade Agreement like John Edwards represent 
millions of Americans who are fed up with 
NAFTA-style trade deals that hurt our economy, 
pollute our environment, and limit access to 
lifesaving medications for people with 
AIDS.  Hillary Clinton has stated that 'NAFTA 
hurt a lot of American workers', so why hasn't 
she gone on record opposing a Peru Free Trade 
Agreement that's even worse than NAFTA?"

Edwards announced his opposition to the Peru Free 
Trade Agreement on Saturday, commenting, "Like 
the failed free trade agreements before it, the 
Peru Agreement puts the interests of the big 
multinational corporations first, ahead of the 
interests of American workers and communities."

(NOTE: THE NYC People's Referendum on Free Trade 
does NOT endorse any candidate in the 2008 
Presidential election, but encourages all members 
of Congress to vote against the Peru Free Trade Agreement).

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