[act-ma] NAFTA and SPP talk on Sunday at MIT

Molly Adelstein peacepunk315 at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 7 15:20:48 PST 2008


NAFTA Failure and Alternatives For the Future

A Latin America conference in two parts
Sunday March 9th
2-5:30pm
MIT Building 34 Room 101 map


PART 1: NAFTA failure and alternatives for the future, 2-4pm
While NAFTA has increased trade and benefited hemispheric multinationalcooperations, it has not contributed significantly to hemisphericemployment, has lowered environmental and labor standards, andincreased inequalities in wealth and income. Now the emerging Securityand Prosperity Partnership (SPP) threatens a hemispheric military andinternal security state and a loss of local and regional control overnatural issues.
Speakers: Carleen Pickard from the Council ofCanadians, Hector Sanchez from Global Exchange’s Mexico Program, andManual Perez Rocha from the Institute for Policy Studies in WashingtonDC


 PART 2: Colombian Reality, Plan Colombia, and Stop the US-Colombian Trade Agreement
A discussion of the reality of Colombia–recent history, civil war,paramilitaries, including Plan Colombia, a US counterinsurgency war andprogram for neoliberal repression of democracy masquerading as a war ondrugs. A presentation on the likely impacts of the Colombia TradePromotion Agreement (CTPA) and the role ofindividuals and organizationsin stopping the CTPA.
Speakers: Maria Clemencia Ramirez from the ColombianInstitute of Anthropology and History and Luis Fernandez-Castro, aColombian community organizer.


Sponsoring Organizations: Alliance for Democracy,Greater Boston Latin American and Carribbean Coalition (and its 6member organizations), Massachusetts Global Action, Jobs for Justice,MIT Western Hemisphere Project, Global Exchange, American FriendsService Committee Project Voice, Grassroots International




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