Dear fair trade activists, concerned citizens, friends:
Last week, on February 7, 2006, we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch (GTW). While our dedication to fighting for democracy by challenging corporate globalization is constant, we would like to pause and reflect on where we have been, and where we are going.
In 1995, recognizing the insidious rearguard attack that so-called "trade" agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization were posing to the hard-won gains of public interest movements, Public Citizen founded Global Trade Watch. Under the leadership of Lori Wallach, GTW was created to ensure we would remain effective in our goals of promoting democracy, accountable governance, economic justice, environmental protection, and public health and safety in the era of corporate globalization. Since then, on a small budget multiplied by enormous energy and passion, GTW has developed unique research, public education, press, international networking and U.S. grassroots capacities.
Please visit our website to read further details of Global Trade Watch's founding and of our many successes over the past decade — and to see some photos from our 10th anniversary event.
It has been an honor working with you this past decade-plus; we're being respectful, but not gushy in saying so. So, let's dig in one and all! It is only by redoubling our efforts and multiplying our forces that we can deliver on the special solidarity that we, as U.S. activists, owe our brothers and sisters around the world in the common struggle for global justice.
When we look ahead to the next ten years, we see endless opportunities. We hope you do too, and that you will continue to work with us to build a better world.
The Global Trade Watch Team