The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) will hold its 6th round
of negotiations in New Orleans from July 28 to Aug. 1. Basically, CAFTA
aims to extend NAFTA-style provisions to Central America.
To encourage discussion of and opposition to this latest thrust of
corporate globalization, a number of New Orleans and Louisiana groups have
formed the NO CAFTA Coalition. The coalition is planning a series of
events--ranging from a protest demonstration to educational forums--in the
Crescent City before and during the negotiations.
The first of these events will take place this week when Tom Ricker of the
Maryland-based Quixote Center (a faith-based, social justice group) speaks
on Tues. and Wed. evenings. On Tues., Tom will present an in-depth look at
CAFTA and explain why it should be defeated. On Wed., he'll meet with
folks interested in working with NO CAFTA and other antiglobalization
activists in opposing the New Orleans round of negotiations.
Tom's knowledge of "free trade" agreements and his familiarity with
struggles for social justice in Central America offer us a great
opportunity to learn a lot about CAFTA and how to fight it. Please make
every effort to join NO CAFTA and other activists at these important events.
WHAT: "Is Fair Trade Quixotic? CAFTA and Why It Should Be Fought" A talk
by Tom Ricker of the Quixote Center
WHEN: Tues., July 15, 7:30pm
WHERE: Multimedia 1, Loyola University Library
WHAT: "Building the Anti-CAFTA Struggle" A conversation between Tom
Ricker and NO CAFTA members and other antiglobalization activists
WHEN: Wed., July 16, 7:00pm
WHERE: The ARK, 511 Marigny (at Decatur)
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