Ask Your Member of Congress to Support the Trade Act Today!
Join The Washington Fair Trade Coalition's Letter writing campaign to Congressman McDermott!
With 137 co-sponsors, the majority of democrats in the House have co-sponsored the TRADE Act. By refusing to sponsor the TRADE Act, Representative McDermott is in the minority of his own party and on the wrong side of reforming trade policy. McDermott sits on the Ways and Means Commitee's subcommittee on Trade and has the potential to be a powerful voice for change. Check out our letter to him below.
Dear Congressman McDermott,
an organization committed to supporting peace, justice, and sustainable
economies in the Americas, Witness for Peace Northwest urges you to support the
passage of the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE)
Act.Our organization represents
faith communities, students, and community leaders from all over the Pacific
Northwest, including those in your district.
Latin American communities advocated for by Witness for Peace Northwest have
been unfairly treated due to ineffective trade policies. The North American
Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) of 1994, touted as a way to create jobs and raise
the standard of living, resulted in devastating consequences for the rural
poor, the environment, workers rights, and indigenous sovereignty. Over fifteen
years after the passage of NAFTA only 10% of the Mexican population has
witnessed a higher standard of living while the socio-economic situation for
many more Mexicans has drastically declined.
Latin American nations, such as Nicaragua, have seen similar disastrous effects
due to trade policies that have failed to deliver on their promises. Since the
inception of the 2006 Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement
(DR CAFTA) extreme poverty levels in Nicaragua have only gotten worse. Although
exports have increased, this increase has not resulted in greater jobs or more
wealth for the majority of the population.
TRADE Act offers a much more balanced way to expand trade and to ensure that
trade agreements deliver on their promises. The TRADE Act would guarantee that
existing agreements be renegotiated and all future agreements be negotiated to
protect environmental sustainability, human rights, and workers’ rights.The Act offers an important opportunity
to correct the failings of past trade agreements and to ensure the
effectiveness of all future agreements.
know of your commitment to supporting economic development in some of the
poorest nations in Africa and Southeast Asia and of your efforts to alleviate
difficult environmental problems. Current trade agreements hinder economic
progress in many developing nations since they allow multi-national
corporations to reap the most benefit. Current trade policies have,
additionally, allowed corporations to successfully sue local governments for
passing laws to protect public health and the environment. Passage of the TRADE
Act would reverse these negative economic and environmental issues. The TRADE
Act would allow nations to prioritize public health, local development, and
food security above the interests of foreign investors. Environmental
sustainability would also be protected in all trade agreements.
a member of the Ways and Means Committee’s Trade Subcommittee, you have the
power to make a difference on reforming trade policy. We ask you to join the
137 co-sponsors of the TRADE Act in passing this important piece of legislation.
The TRADE Act ensures fair and just trade agreements and that meet the goals of
broad-based, people-centered development and poverty reduction.Before another exploitative trade
agreement is signed, make your stand now.
Megan Bilas and Colette
Witness for Peace Northwest
Contact your representatives and tell them to sponsor the TRADE ACT today. Click here for the Citizens Trade Campaign Action page--including talking points, sample letters, and representative contact information.