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
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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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
Contact: Jessica Walker Beaumont
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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