Repeal NAFTA – "The People United Will Never Be Defeated"
The National Governor’s Association Summer Meeting took place July 13 – 16, 2017.
Local unions, civic organizations, Our Revolution and Larry Cohen held rallies to protest the Republican kill bill and to push for repeal of NAFTA.
Repeal NAFTA – “The People United Will Never Be Defeated”
Why isn’t the Republican-led United States Congress working to repeal and replace the unpopular, job-destroying NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) instead of the popular, life-saving Affordable Care Act? That was the central question of the “fair trade” Replace NAFTA Rally outside the National Governor Association conference in downtown Providence yesterday.
Organized by Our Revolution, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice and Citizen Trade Watch, the rally focused on Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, chair of the National Governors Association, “to support a NAFTA replacement that puts people and the planet first.”
“We need fair trade that works for citizens and the environment!” said organizers in a statement, “We are fighting to make NAFTA the trade deal it should be: one where workers are treated fairly, the environment is treated with respect, and corporations play by our rules, not their own.”
Larry Cohen, former president of the Communications Workers of America and currently chairman of Our Revolution, a political group organized by Bernie Sanders, spoke at the rally.
“We’re talking about fair trade, not free trade,” said Cohen, “Fair trade means that all the people in the Americas would get decent healthcare, not the pharmaceutical companies running roughshod over all of us…”
Larry Cohen, friend of JackpineRadicals, kicks off the rally
“The People United Will Never Be Defeated”
Why is this important nearly a month later? Because NAFTA is up for renegotiation.
“While lawmakers had anticipated the notification, their reaction to it Thursday reflected a range of attitudes reflecting the complicated trade politics in which Trump will be relying largely on Democratic members to push through significant changes in the agreement.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who represents a border district in the Laredo area, said he was glad to see that the administration was moving to “update NAFTA, not dismantle it.”
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), calling NAFTA “deeply flawed,” commended the step to overhaul the agreement but insisted that “we must see real details on how the administration intends to level the playing field for our workers.”
Renegotiation talks are set to begin August 16th. They plan to have everything done by 2018.
Trump, as usual, goes back and forth on withdrawing or renegotiating. Depends on thetime of day and who he’s talking to.
He says he’ll pull out if there isn’t a better deal for the USA. But, we know, he’s just another corporate shill.
We need to start pushing for this trade agreement to do what we were promised it would do.Phlem, Fasttense, twenty and 18 othersEnthusiast, Koko, Spanishprof27, Tuesday, nevereVereven, Iwalani88, Coldmountaintrail, aspirant, Babel 17, closeupready, draa, Populist Prole, tokenlib, whispers, Haikugal, Two way street, jwirr, NV Wino like this"Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier, it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian
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