FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: "Open for Business Closed to the Public" -- People's Summit Responds to "Three Amigos" Agenda
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jessica Walker Beaumont (917) 609-5788
Mayaba Lebenthal (917) 385-5472
Open for Business Closed to the Public
NEW ORLEANS (April 22, 2008) - The “Three Amigos” of North America showed once more that they will ignore the growing clamor to renegotiate NAFTA and will continue to push our countries in the same direction through the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). With the fourth
Over 30 local, national and international organizations and networks hosted the New Orleans People's
The SPP process is blatantly controlled by the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC) made up of the top 30 corporations CEO's in the three countries--confirmed by President Calderón when he stated clearly that “this morning, the Business Leaders gave us a specific agenda to follow” and “we are here to support them.”
President George Bush revealed his motives behind the SPP and holding his summit in
“This is the most developed and advanced form of privatization for an entire city in the U.S. at the expense of people of color and indigenous people fighting for their right to return,” said Cindy Wiesner of Grassroots Global Justice.
Participants of the
“I was shocked to learn that in
“What we have experienced in
“This calamity was not a natural disaster but a manmade disaster" said Kimberley Richards a resident of the Gulf Region and organizer in
Fundamental issues affecting the future of our societies are at stake under the SPP plan. "It is unacceptable that human security, energy policy, workers rights, and environmental standards, are left in the hands of Walmart, Lockheed Martin, Halliburton, Power Corp and the like, of our world", said Pierre-Yves Serinet, from the Quebec Network on Hemispheric Integration (RQIC), one of the four anti-free-trade coalitions in the region. “With the SPP, we are facing the privatization of policy making, tantamount to a Corporate Coup d'Etat, where deep changes are taking place, bypassing our democratic institutions, like parliaments and Congress,” he added.
“Nancy Pelosi's blocking of U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement demonstrates why the Bush Administration is so determined to keep the SPP process outside of Congressional authority," said Tom Loudon of the Alliance for Responsible Trade. "Undermining democratic processes is the necessary ingredient to push these policies through.”
“Silencing the people of
Now we are exporting this policy as President Bush reaffirmed his commitment to the Plan Mexico (Merida Initiative), providing $500 million dollars in aid, primarily to Mexican military and police force to help fight the “war on drugs” in Mexico, modeled after the failed plan in Colombia.
Many people have not given up the fight however. Opposition gathered for a People's
“As social movements, we are advancing in defining how an alternative model of relations among peoples can foster the harmonious development of national societies founded on social justice and the equitable distribution of wealth,” said Alejandro Villamar, from the Mexican Action Network on Free Trade (RMALC). “Many activities we held in
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