Bush Pushing Trade Deals with Peru and Colombia -- Call Now to Stop NAFTA Expansion to the Amazon!
Despite the fact that the U.S. trade deficit is at $717 billion, the Bush administration has completed two new NAFTA-style trade agreements with the South American countries of Peru and Colombia. Many in the new Congress are critical of these deals, but because of the way that FAST TRACK trade legislation works, the Bush Administration can leapfrog Democratic leadership and force a vote on whether to ratify the trade agreements in early 2007.
When you reach your representative's office, ask to speak to the person who handles trade issues.
Tell them you think the Peru and Colombia "free trade agreements" are a bad idea and ask them for your representative's position on the deals. Ask for a written statement of their position to be sent you by email or regular mail. 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 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 and Colombia trade deals threaten the upper Amazon basin, the most biodiverse area on earth: The NAFTA-style investment rules could allow foreign investors to challenge environmental laws, a process which could chill future efforts to protect the Amazon rainforest from oil, mining and timber companies.
*Cookie-cutter "free trade" agreements are a threat to regional and international security: The agricultural rules in the Peru and Colombia trade deals will devastate small farmers' crops of corn, rice and beans in the region, just as NAFTA's rules undermined Mexican corn growers. Peruvian and Colombian campesinos would be forced to migrate to overcrowded cities and to the United States, or else to grow more opium poppies and more coca for cocaine production or to join illegal armed groups. It isn't worth creating more instability in a fragile, war-torn region just so big corporations can make extra profits.
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