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CAFTA Critic Speaks in NOLA on Tues. & Wed.

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  • Art Carpenter
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 12, 2003
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      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)

      For more info:
      http://stopcafta.org
      http://indymedia.23rdward.org
      www.cispes.org/cafta
      www.quixote.org
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