Action Alert — November 8, 2005

Bush and FTAA Rejected by Latin America

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Non-violent direct action activists rally the crowd of 50,000 as the stadium fills up at the end of the march against President Bush and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) on November 4 in Mar de Plata, Argentina.

Dear Fair Trade Activist,

On Friday, November 4, over 50,000 concerned citizens from all over the Americas marched in the streets of Mar del Plata, Argentina during the IV Summit of the Americas. Responding the next day, the presidents of the South American nations of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Venezuela then delivered a stunning defeat to President Bush and his misguided plan to lock all of the hemisphere into a massive job and environment-killing NAFTA expansion called the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

Spread the word!

Take a look at the articles below, or the appropriate article in your local paper, and send a Letter to the Editor to one of your local papers.

The widespread media coverage of the protests against the FTAA focused on the profound failure of the NAFTA model in Latin America and the anger and discontent of Latin Americans with the model’s push for deregulation and privatization (to see photos from the protests click here).

However, the coverage tended to gloss over the fact that people in the United States are also exasperated with Bush’s plans to expand the NAFTA model, as evidenced by the American public's resistance to CAFTA NAFTA expansion, which was pushed through Congress by just one vote last July.

We need to make sure that the huge defeat for the FTAA proposal this weekend in Mar del Plata leads to a serious review of U.S. trade policy — for the sake of North Americans and South Americans.

Write a Letter to the Editor celebrating the defeat of the FTAA and urging the administration to stop all further NAFTA expansion negotiations, including AFTA.

Thank you for all that you do!

Global Trade Watch

Articles about the failed Summit of the Americas:

Democracy Now: "Bush Fails to Revive Free Trade Talks in Latin America Amid Mass Protests."

Chicago Tribune: "Dissent stalls goals of trade talks."

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