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May Days of Action on the TPP-2013
Washington Fair Trade Coalition

www.washingtonfairtrade.org
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Calling all EATERS, WORKERS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS & Real 'Persons' to learn why the TPP Matters to YOU!

May 11th DAY OF ACTION & Global Fair Trade Day

In Seattle
2-5pm TPP-FairDeal 2
Central Co-op/Madison Market Annex
1900 E. Madison, Seattle


Program
2pm TPP & Eaters & Farmers
Community Alliance for Global Justice, Canaan Fair Trade & Equal Exchange & Domestic Fair Trade Association
10 Reasons why TPP matters to Eaters * Impacts on Farmers Globally & in WA

2:30pm TPP & Workers
Washington State Labor Council, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 21, Philippine US Solidarity Organization (PUSO)
Loss of living wage jobs in WA * Poverty wage jobs in US * Forced Migration * Rise of Sweatshops

3pm-TPP & Healthy Communities
Sierra Club, WA Physicians for Social Responsibility
Privatizing water & land * Challenging environmental laws * Access to affordable life-saving medicines

3:30pm- TPP & “Personhood”
Get Money Out of Politics (GMOP) & WA Mend
Corporate take over of policy-making * How to assert your ‘person-hood’ & reclaim the political process!

4pm- TPP & Consumers (of all ages)
Once Again Butters & Fair Trade Federation members Sol Fair Trade, Jam Town

Sample fair trade foods & wines, & Drum with Jamtown!!!

In Olympia
1-3pm
WSLC Offices/WFSE 443 906 Columbia (2nd Floor) Olympia, WA
Join Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE 443), South Sound Clean Clothes Campaign, Marigold Fair Trade, Traditions, the Green Party & the Washington Fair Trade Coalition to educate & activate yourself as an eater, a conscious shopper, a worker, & a community member. Enjoy fair trade coffee & chocolate and connect fair trade products to fair trade policy. TPP will impact food, sustainable jobs, access to affordable medicine, our environment, education & our very democracy. Be involved in upcoming actions! Activities for all ages!

In Bellingham
Noon-5pm
Bellingham Co-op
1220 N. Forest St., Bellingham
Look for Diane Foster, Occupy Bellingham and others connecting TPP with forced immigration, farmer's rights and environmental justice!

For Global TPP Assemblies: TPPxBorder.org


WA Elected Officials: Take the Pledge Vote NO on Fast Track and be our voice on trade!

Fast-track, otherwise known as 'trade promotion authority' is when Congress gives up its constitutional mandate to regulate commerce with foreign nations. Congress gives its power to unelected officials in the Executive Branch. Repeat-our elected officials give up the power we grant them to represent us in international trade deals. In the 16 times it has been used-what has come of it? NAFTA, CAFTA, Peru FTA, Colombia FTA...clearly the negotiators of the executive branch can not be trusted to represent the interests of the people.

Fast-track expired in 2007, and that is where we want it to remain! On May 11th we are kicking off our campaign to get our elected officials to take the pledge!:
Vote NO on Fast-track
& Represent Eaters, Workers, Communities & Real 'Persons' on Trade!

For more information click here see: http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/FastTrackFactsheet.pdf


En Contra el TPP! Peru Gears up for the 17th TPP Round

Peru-FreeTradeImagePeruvian activists and allies throughout Latin America are readying for the 17th Round of the TPP negotiations May 15th-24th. They have invited parliamentarians & members of Congress from governments throughout the TPP region, who are resisting the TPP, to come to Lima for actions and events. They are hosting a strategy session on Intellectual Property as well as public forums and a huge protest on May 17th calling out the TPP as a policy of 'dis-integration' of Latin American economic and social solidarity. TPP May Days of Action worldwide are in solidarity with Peruvian trade justice activists.


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Trade Justice in Action

Bangaldeshi garment worker activists Kalpona & Sumi are still in all of our hearts and minds for their strength, courage and resistance in the face of multi-national corporations who continue to exploit their families and communities for profit.

We the WFTC, joined by our many allies throughout WA State, are even more resolved to work towards a SweatFree Procurement policy for WA in 2013 and to never forget who is at the other end of the supply chain making the things that we wear and use everyday.

Here is some coverage of Sumi & Kalpona's time in the Pacific NW:
Crosscut on SweatFree Procurement & Corporate Responsibility in WA

KPLU's Humanosphere Interview w/ Sumi & Kalpona & Follow-up Podcast

Seattle Times & The Nation & NY Times

 


What's Going On?

May 11th
International Fair Trade Day & Kick-Off for Days of Action to Resist the TPP
Peoples'' Assemblies
(See details above)


May 14th
We heart Co-ops!
Greendrinks hosted by YES! Magazine
5:30-9pm
Second Use (new location in SODO)
3223 6th Ave. S.

Enjoy free Wilridge wine, Fremont Brewing beer, food from Central Co-op, Snoqualmie Ice Cream, and Raaka chocolate & get to know diverse communities meeting their needs through cooperation.

 $5 suggested donation at the door

Bring your own vessel for drinking!

May 15th-24th

17th TPP Round in Lima, Peru

June 1st
Green Party Convention
Plenary on the TPP
Spokane, WA

June 14th-16th

Backbone TPP Action Camp
Bellingham WA
For more information contact: Kim@backbonecampaign.org


July
18th
TPP Round…

July 16th
Jobs & the Environment NOT Jobs vs the Environment
PSARA Forum
5:30-7:30pm
Location-TBD


July 16 & 17
Ilana Solomon, Sierra Club's Trade Campaigner to the NW!!


                 606 Maynard Ave South #102 Seattle, WA 98104 ~ 206. 227.3079 ~ kristen@washingtonfairtrade.org



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