NAFTA helped corporations outsource one million middle-class American jobs and grab $390 million in taxpayer funds by attacking domestic laws before tribunals of corporate lawyers – tribunals that have power to order payment of our tax dollars to those corporations.
The terms of this massive corporate power grab are now being renegotiated, with talks happening right now in Washington, D.C.
This could finally be our chance to replace NAFTA and end its damage — but the negotiations are happening behind closed doors with 500 corporate advisors granted special access and the public locked out.
When it comes to agriculture, the big agribusinesses like to point to the increase in exports – but they completely fail to acknowledge that the increased exports have meant more money for big corporations like Tyson and Cargill, but not increased profit margins for farmers and ranchers. Farmers in all three NAFTA countries have been hurt, in the name of corporate profits.
Call your members of Congress now to demand a NAFTA replacement that puts our farmers ahead of corporate powers.
TAKE ACTION: Call Congress
On December 13, a nationwide coalition of farm, labor, environmental, consumer, and faith groups are holding a #ReplaceNAFTA Call-in Day urging Congress to demand that NAFTA renegotiations put people ahead of corporations.
You can use the Capitol’s switchboard number: 202-224-3121
Or the coalition has toll-free call-in numbers you can use:
Call your representative: 1-877-775-9294
Call your senators: 1-877-750-7411
And here’s a sample script you can use:
“Hi, this is NAME from CITY/TOWN. I’m calling to ask the REPRESENTATIVE/ SENATOR to demand that NAFTA’s renegotiation put people ahead of corporations by ensuring that farmers in all three countries receive fair prices for their production, that consumers are guaranteed the right to know the content and origin of their food, and that strong environmental protections are put in place to protect the sustainability of rural communities and food production. No vote should be held until these minimum requirements have been met.”
Making this call is quick and easy. And it really makes a difference. The #ReplaceNAFTA Call-in Day is a chance for We the People to speak with one loud, unified voice against NAFTA’s corporate greed.
Your member of Congress needs to hear from you TODAY.
Thank you for all you do.
Jim Goodman of the National Family Farm Coalition has written an excellent article about why NAFTA needs to be replaced: