Call Now: Urge Your Senators to Oppose the Peru NAFTA Expansion

Earlier this year, a handful of Democrats joined the White House and the Republicans in charge of trade in announcing a "deal" that would facilitate the passage of various Bush NAFTA-style "free trade" agreements (FTAs) -- beginning with the Peru FTA. The deal added labor standards, but failed to excise the outrageous NAFTA-style foreign investor, procurement and other rules that are destroying our middle class.

TAKE ACTION: Call the U.S. Capitol at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senators.

Don't know who your Senators are? Just tell the operator what state you live in and ask them to tell you and connect you.

When you reach your Senator's office, ask to speak to the person who handles trade issues, then:

1) Tell them:

"I am calling to urge you to vote NO on the Peru Free Trade Agreement. The mandate of the 2006 election was very clear: no more NAFTAs!

Congress hasn't gotten any legislation enacted to help middle class Americans, and now I understand that President Bush is asking them to expand NAFTA to the country of Peru. We can't afford any more NAFTA expansion. Please oppose the NAFTA expansion to Peru and the rest of the Bush NAFTA expansions."

2) Ask for your senator's position on the NAFTA expansion to Peru. Ask for a written statement of their position to be sent you by email or regular mail.

3) Use some of the talking points below; if you have a local or personal story that shows the damage caused by a bad trade agreement, use it to illustrate your concerns.

Talking Points on Fast Track and the NAFTA Expansion to Peru and Colombia

  • More NAFTA will be bad for our economy. With the highest trade deficit ever, and ever more outsourcing, we can't afford any more NAFTA-like trade deals. We need to change this broken trade model!
  • The Peru trade deal gives corporations too much power over Social Security. The deal could allow Citibank and other corporations to sue if Peru tried to fix its failed social security privatization. That's unfair to the elderly and the poor in Peru. It's hypocritical for the U.S. to include a provision like this in a trade deal -- when the American public rejected privatization here at home. And, its also a terrible precedent. No "free trade agreement" should ever contain provisions that impact social security policy.
  • The Peru trade agreement will tie Congress' hands when it comes to food safety. NAFTA-style trade agreements contain provisions that would allow food exporting companies to challenge U.S. state and federal actions to increase inspections on imported food. In the middle of a imported food safety crisis, this is the last thing we would want to do!
  • The Peru trade deal will increase drug trafficking and instability. The NAFTA-style agreements will undermine the livelihoods of small farmers throughout the Andean region and force them into last-resort cultivation of coca for cocaine production, leading to an increase in drug trafficking, terrorism and violence.
  • The Peru trade deal endangers the lungs of the planet. The upper Amazon basin in Peru is among the most bio-diverse areas on earth - and also one of the most at risk. Pollution and deforestation from oil production and mining is huge problem. The investment rules in the Peru FTA could allow foreign investors to insist that they are allowed to pillage the area for timber, mineral and energy resources, and would chill direly needed efforts to protect the Amazon basin.

Want more info about the Peru, Colombia and Panama FTAs? Click Here.

4) After you've called, tell us what the staff person said! Use the form below to let us know that you made a call about the Peru FTA. If you are told that the congressperson has a solid position one way or another, or if you are told anything interesting at all, let us know. This is critical to our ability to hold Congress accountable.


September 19, 2017

Subject:
I Called About the Peru NAFTA Expansion





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