Upcoming Event on Colombia and SPP

Our last posting announced an event to be held tomorrow (Feb. 27th) on the assasination of Colombian labor activists. Here’s the info again in case you missed it:

Luciano Vasquez, Director General of the Escuela Nacional Sindical, will address these issues at a Global Policy Network forum on Wednesday, February 27th. Click here for further information and to RSVP.

Here’s some information about an event in the Boston area on related topics—this time with a bit more advanced notice:

Alliance for Democracy/North Bridge chapter presents

NAFTA Failure and Alternatives for the Future:
Stop SPP and the US Colombian Trade Agreement

Sunday, March 9

2 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

MIT Building 34, Room 101

Learn about the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, a “super-NAFTA” package of trade and security initiatives being organized behind closed doors between corporate leadership and the Mexican, Canadian, and US governments, and the Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (Colombia FTA), a “free-trade” agreement built on a history of neoliberal repression of workers rights. How can we stop these pro-corporate giveaways, and support democratic, fair-trade alternatives? Local groups are working to stop these measures and promote democratic alternatives‹find out how you can help!

This two-part event is free and open to everyone. NAFTA/SPP speakers include Carleen Picard of the Council of Canadians, Hector Sanchez, policy education coordinator for Global Exchange’s Mexico Program, and Manuel Perez Rocha, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington. At 4:10 p.m., author Maria Clemencia Ramirez and Luis Fernando Castro of Colombia Vive will discuss Plan Colombia and the Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.

Directions: MIT’s Building 34 is located at 50 Vassar St., off Mass. Ave, one block east of Memorial Drive.

Co-sponsored by the Greater Boston Latin American and Caribbean Coalition, Boston/Cambridge Alliance for Democracy, North Bridge Alliance for Democracy, AFSC Project Voice, MIT Western Hemisphere Project, Colombia Vive, Jobs with Justice, Massachusetts Global Action, Global Exchange, and Grassroots International. For more information, please call Barbara at 781-894-1179.

If you can’t make it to this event, check out our recent article on the SPP and the articles we’ve run on the dangers of labor organizing in Colombia (listed at the bottom of our last blog posting.

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