Free Trade, Murder, and Resistance in Panama and Colombia
A Teach-in at Occupy Town Square
Organized by Occupy Wall Street Trade Justice Working Group
Date: Saturday, February 11th, 2012
Location: West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 West 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024
Directions: Take the 1 or 2 to 86th Street or the B, or C to 86th Street.
In October 2012, President Obama broke his campaign promise to oppose NAFTA-style free trade agreements by sending the Panama and Colombia Free Trade Agreements to be voted on in Congress, despite warnings from human rights groups that the passage of these trade agreements would inevitably lead to the killing of labor organizers, activists, and members of Afro-descendant and indigenous communities and the destruction of indigenous lands by extractive industries and agribusiness. Less than four months later, these predictions have already come true. Join us to learn about the effects of these trade deals and to discuss how we can act in solidarity with the people of Colombia and Panama and hold President Obama and the members of Congress who voted for these agreements accountable for putting the profits of the 1% over human lives . We’ll also discuss Obama’s next free trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and what we can do to stop it.
* Ruth Santana, Global Justice for Animals and the Environment
* Ricardo Prado, Colombia solidarity activist
* Curtis Ellis, American Jobs Alliance
* Christina Schiavoni, US Food Sovereignty Alliance
* Adam Weissman, Global Justice for Animals and the Environment
* Leandra Requena, Peruvians in Action New York