Thursday, April 9, 2009

FREE TONIGHT - Food Security, Trade and Migration in the U.S. and Mexico

Panel and Community Discussion
Food Security, Trade and Migration in the U.S. and Mexico as NAFTA Turns 15

WHEN: TONIGHT! April 9, 2009. 7-9pm.

WHERE: Seattle Labor Temple, Hall 8 (ground floor), 2800 1st Ave, Seattle

NAFTA turns 15 this year and has yet to deliver on claims of increased prosperity and reduced migration.

  • How does this impact workers, farmers, small business owners, and the environment?
  • What should fair U.S. trade and immigration policies include, and what should the future of NAFTA and similar agreements look like?

Join a panel of civic leaders and community members to look at the impacts of trade and immigration policies on communities in the US, Mexico and beyond. Small group discussions (facilitated by panelists plus other local community leaders) will further explore the roots of migration and the various social movements for food sovereignty and trade justice in our communities.

Special guest Baldemar Mendoza, of Oaxaca, Mexico, is an expert on food sovereignty and the impacts of free trade agreements on indigenous farmers from Oaxaca.

Guest panelists and discussion leaders from Seattle organizations include:

Carlos Marentes (El Comit(& Pro-Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social)
Teresa Mares (Community Alliance for Global Justice )
U.S. and Latino workers
Rebecca Watson (Witness for Peace)
Stephanie Celt (Washington Fair Trade Coalition)
Sue McGann (Lettuce Link)
and more

This event is free and open to the public - donations are welcome.

Homemade tamales will be available for sale, courtesy of the CASA Latina Workers' Defense Committee.

Local bus routes: 1, 15, 18, 39, 57, and more. Street parking available nearby.
Wheelchair accessible venue.

Witness for Peace NW, CAGJ (Community Alliance for Global Justice), El Comit(& Pro-Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, Lettuce Link of Solid Ground, CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador), Student Labor Action Project (SLAP), Bridges Center for Labor Studies, Martin Luther King County Labor Council.

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