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Trade Justice News: Sun, 2/26: Webinar: The Price of NAFTA + More Events, Video, Action Report, & More! - Please share w/ Global Justice for Animals and the Environment Supporters!

Update: February 23, 2017

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Sunday,  2/26: Webinar: The Price of NAFTA
With the Trump administration's stated intention to renegotiate or pull out of NAFTA, it's critical that trade justice activists understand the impacts of this most infamous of trade agreements in order to understand what would need to be fixed for a NAFTA alternative to be just and sustainable. On this webinar, experts and organizers from Canada, Mexico, and the United States will discuss the harm that NAFTA has done to jobs and wages, the environment, and human rights.  Featuring Celeste Drake (AFL-CIO), Sujata Dey (Council of Canadians), Pete Dolack (Systemic Disorder), Manuel Perez Rocha (Institute for Policy Studies), Adam Weissman (Global Justice for Animals and the Environment), and Margaret Flowers (Trade for People and Planet).

Other Upcoming National Events on Trade Issues
 (not organized by Trade Justice Alliance)

Wednesday, 2/22: Trade for People and Planet National People's Agenda Call
Continue the national discussion for an activist campaign to stop the Trade in Services Agreement, which preserves many of the worst aspects of TPP and covers and even wider range of countries. 

Events on Trade and Investment Policy in NYC
 (not organized by Trade Justice Alliance)

Monday, 2/27: Developments in International Investment Agreements
Prompted by a growing number of investor-state disputes as well as concerns about limitations on policy space, a number of countries are reconsidering whether the costs of IIAs may outweigh their benefits.  This discussion, hosted by the Republic of Indonesia in collaboration with the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, will convene government officials, policy makers, civil society and academics to further probe these issues and help to advance the policy debate about the future of IIAs. Presenters will include Manuel Perez-Rocha (Institute for Policy Studies),  Todd Tucker (Roosevelt Institute), Abdul Kadir Jailani (Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in NY),  Lise Johnson (Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment), and others. Organized by Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.

Thursday, 3/9: The Trump Administration: What's in Store for Animals? (includes talk on animal ag and trade policy)
Trade Justice Alliance's Adam Weissman will speak on this event on behalf of Global Justice for Animals and the Environment, looking at what corporate factory farm interests want from NAFTA renegotiation and US-Japan and US-UK free trade agreements. Also presenting: Valerie Baron (Natural Resources Defense Council) and Paul Shapiro (Humane Society of the United States). Organized by Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

What Will The Trump Administration Mean for Trade JusticeVideo and Supplemental Resources from Our January Webinar

Video - featuring Ben Beachy (Sierra Club Responsible Trade Program), Steve Suppan (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy), Michael Stumo (Coalition for A Prosperous America), and Margaret Flowers (Trade for People and Planet)

Supplemental Materials:
Blog post: After the TPP, Here’s a Progressive Vision for Trade by Ilana Solomon and Ben Beachy, Sierra Club Responsible Trade Program
Discussion paper: A New, Climate-Friendly Approach to Trade by Ben Beachy w/ Ilana Solomon

Letter: Citizens Trade Campaign letter to Trump on NAFTA renegotiation

Disrupt J20: Demanding Trade Justice at Trump's Inauguration

On Friday, January 20th, activists from Trade for People and Planet and TradeJustice New York Metro united as the Trade Justice Bloc of the Disrupt J20 action at President Trump's inauguration. The Trade Justice Bloc was one of many issue themed groups that protested or blockaded at the checkpoints  that would-be attendees were required to enter en route to the inauguration. Protesters with large banners and signs leafleted, and spoke out, and later marched to Union Square, where they converged with a larger anti-Trump march and rally. A number of media outlets covered the Trade Justice Bloc action and it was also widely shared in photos and videos on Facebook and Twitter.

To view photos, watch videos, and read the action press release and media coverage, click here.

US Withdraws from TPP - Read the Official Notice and Our Statement

On Monday, January 23rd, President Trump signed an executive order that required the acting US Trade Rep to officially inform TPP member nations that the US is pulling out of the agreement. By signing this order, Trump fulfilled a major campaign promise and put the final nail in the coffin of a trade deal that had already been killed by years of campaigning by grassroots activists. Along with issuing the TPP executive order, Trump recommitted to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Unfortunately, in following days, Trump signed executive orders and announced policies reflecting many of his most harmful campaign promises -- policies with terrible implications for immigrants, indigenous communities, and the environment. Trade Justice Alliance responded with a statement calling for just and sustainable trade policies and rejecting racism, xenophobia, and attacks on the environment.

You can read Trade Justice Alliance's statement here.

Read the United States' formal notice of withdrawal from TPP here.

E-Petition: Demand a Real NAFTA Renegotiation

As a candidate, Donald Trump said he would withdraw from NAFTA if he could not make it “a lot better.” The corporate lobby will be trying to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through NAFTA renegotiations. We have to drown them out. Add your name to Public Citizen's petition demanding that NAFTA is replaced by a deal that puts people and the planet first.

New Websites and Social Media Pages from Public Citizen

Our friends at Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch have launched two new websites and related Twitter and Facebook pages for trade activism in the Trump era:

Replace NAFTA
 WebsiteFacebook Page * Twitter Page

Trumped Up Trade
Website * Facebook Page * Twitter Page

Statements and News Releases

U.S.-Mexico relations should be based on fair trade, not xenophobia: Farm and food groups call for prioritizing fair and sustainable rural economies
(Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, etc., 1/27/17)

Principles of a new U.S. trade policy for North American agriculture (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, etc., 1/27/17)

Rep. Peter DeFazio Introduces Resolution Outlining Principles for New Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada (Congressman Peter DeFazio, 2/16/17)

Video: Global Trade Watchdog Lori Wallach on Tavis Smiley

The Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch discussed the future of global trade under the Trump administration on Tavis Smiley on February 8, 2017. Watch the video.

Trade Politics in the News

North American Free Trade Agreement

Free Trade Agreements and the Dynamics of Capitalism (Left Voice, 1/30/17)

TRUMP: 'Maybe we do a new NAFTA' with 'an extra F' (Business Insider, 2/2/17)

Worker rights must be at the core of NAFTA renegotiations (The Hill, 2/7/17)

Trump promises better trade deals. He should also make them more democratic. (Bangor Daily News, 2/8/17)

No wall could hurt Mexico as much as NAFTA has (Sacremento Bee, 2/9/17)

TransCanada to proceed with ISDS case despite Trump's memorandum on Keystone XL (Inside US Trade's World Trade Online, 2/14/17)

Mexico, Canada say NAFTA should be re-negotiated trilaterally (The Gazette, 2/21/17)

Farmers and ranchers want to be at table for NAFTA negotiations (Lincoln Journal Star, 2/21/17)

Mexican senator aims to hit U.S. for Trump's 'big lie' on NAFTA (CNN, 2/22/17)

Windstream Energy Sues Canada over default on NAFTA award payment (Digital Journal, 2/22/17)

President Donald Trump

Sen. Wyden's bill would force Trump to reveal foreign interests in deals (KGW.com, 2/14/17)

Trade Enforcement

Nine Dem senators say hiring freeze hurting trade enforcement (The Hill, 2/2/17)

Trade in Services Agreement

Amidst political uncertainty, new updated secret documents on the “Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)” are leaked (Bilaterals.org, 1/30/17)

Leaked TISA Safe Harbor Proposal: the Right Idea in the Wrong Place (Electronic Frontier Foundation, 1/30/17)

TPP and TTIP are not dead: now they're called the Trade In Services Agreement (The Ecologist, 2/9/17)

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

EU's Katainen sees hope of reviving TTIP U.S.-European trade deal (Reuters, 2/6/17)

TTIP on Thin Ice Likely to Delay US-EU Mutual GMP Recognition Deal (Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, 2/22/17)

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Trump executive order pulls out of TPP trade deal (BBC, 1/24/17)

Vietnam Shrugs Off the Loss of TPP (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2/16/17)

Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership shifts U.S. role in world economy (The Washington Post, 1/23/17)

Asia trade important to U.S. agriculture (National Hog Farmer, 2/17/17)

US Secretary of Commerce Nominee Wilbur Ross

Trump to give Wilbur Ross trade policy powers (Financial Times, 1/9/17)

Protesters interrupt Trump's commerce secretary nominee (video) (The Washington Post, 1/18/17)

Commerce nominee Ross says top priority is renegotiating NAFTA (The Washington Post, 1/18/17)

Wilbur Ross Vows to Push Trump’s Trade Agenda, Starting With Nafta (The New York Times, 1/18/17)

Donald Trump’s Commerce Nominee Wilbur Ross Will Tell Senators He’s ‘Not Anti-Trade’ (Fortune, 1/18/17)

Ex-Democrat Wilbur Ross Makes Some Republicans Nervous At Confirmation Hearing (NPR, 1/18/17)

Commerce nominee Wilbur Ross: Trade partners have to play by our rules (CNBC, 1/18/17)

 Wilbur Ross calls China 'the most protectionist country' (CNN, 1/18/17)

Senate committee approves Commerce nominee (The Hill, 1/24/17)

Finding Wilbur Ross's footprint in China (CNBC, 2/21/17)

US Trade Representative Nominee Robert Lighthizer

Trump’s Trade Pick May Face Hurdle Over Past Lobbying for Brazil (Bloomberg Markets, 1/25/17)

10 Things You Didn't Know About Robert Lighthizer (US News and World Report, 1/31/17)

Trump’s Trade Representative Could Negotiate for His Biggest Client’s Industry (Bloomberg Politics, 2/3/17)

U.S. Trade Representative: Who Is Robert Lighthizer? (AllGov, 2/8/17)

Trump Trade Nominee Lighthizer Needs Waiver Over Work for China and Brazil (Bloomberg Politics 2/15/17)

US-Japan Free Trade Agreement

U.S. meat industry groups urge Trump to start trade talks with Japan after TPP exit (Japan Times, 2/9/17)

Trump may struggle to land a bilateral trade deal with Japan (CNBC, 2/10/17)

Japan, U.S. still facing gaps on trade (Japan News, 2/13/17)

Friends of the Earth U.S. and Japan Call for Resistance to Trump and Abe Trade Talks (Huffington Post, 2/17/17)

Beef industry eyes Japan trade possibilities (Iowa Farmer Today, 2/22/17)

US-UK Free Trade Agreement

Trump could face long path to US-UK trade deal (Politico, 1/3/17)

Why a US-UK trade deal won't help British PM May (The Hill, 1/23/17)


White House National Trade Council Director Pete Navarro

President-Elect Trump Creates Trade Council Office (AgWeb, 12/27/16)

Trump's Appointment Of Peter Navarro To Trade Post Sends Belligerent Signal To China (Forbes, 12/21/16)

Trump Taps Peter Navarro, Vocal Critic of China, for New Trade Post (The New York Times, 12/21/16)

Trump's newest advisor Navarro makes all the tough talk about China look serious (CNBC, 12/22/16)

Trump’s top trade adviser accuses Germany of currency exploitation (Financial Times, 1/31/17)
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