CALL TO ACTION: Call Congress!
THIS WEEK, Wed.
May 25 and Thurs. May 26, from 2-5pm Eastern Standard Time on both days,
we are calling upon you to mobilize for a phone/online campaign urging
members of the House of Representatives to vote NO on the Korea-U.S.
Free Trade Agreement.
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Stop the NAFTA-Style Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement!
Call your Congressional Representative THIS WEEK and tell them to VOTE NO!
In a matter of WEEKS, Congress could vote on the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the largest trade deal since NAFTA. If passed, the Korea-US FTA will also open the door to pass the Colombia- and Panama-US Free Trade Agreements. We must demand an end to NAFTA-style free trade agreements that endanger jobs and worker rights, food sovereignty, public health, and the environment, only enriching transnational corporations.
#1 The Korea-US FTA is a Bush legacy that pre-dates the financial crisis and contains many provisions that would further deregulate finance and banking at a time when we are still trying to build a sustainable, transparent and just economy. Why is Obama trying to pass a Bush-era agreement that further deregulates our economy?
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KAFT Letter to Congress
February 15, 2011
Korean Americans for Fair Trade (KAFT) is a national network
of organizations and individuals founded in 2006 to unite Korean American
voices for equitable and sustainable trade. We stand deeply opposed to the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS
FTA) and we urge you to vote NO on the proposed agreement if it comes to a vote.
This deal will take away American and Korean jobs, and threatens vital
financial, environmental, labor, and public safety protections in both
countries. We see it as an affront to democratic process and national
sovereignty of both countries, and are concerned that this FTA has the
potential to damage diplomatic relations between two historical allies, the
U.S. and South Korea.
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Korean Americans for Fair Trade (KAFT) is a national
organization of concerned Korean-American citizens that calls for trade
that promotes the equitable and sustainable development of working
people and the environment.
KAFT was formed in 2006 due to concerns with the non-transparent negotiations process and dangerous provisions proposed in the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KorUS FTA). Our coalition works closely with peasants/farmers, trade unionists/labor, public health and other civil society organizations in the United States and South Korea.
KAFT promotes a fair trade model that supports the following principles:
- Mutual benefit, respect for democratic rights and progress towards equality;
- Democratic participation, transparency and accountability during the trade negotiations process;
- Strengthened labor and environmental standards;
- Protection of vulnerable populations.
We are not convinced that the KorUS FTA will be beneficial to ordinary American workers and farmers. In the United States, unfettered free trade has been directly responsible for the massive loss of jobs and erosion of hard-won benefits and rights for workers, unions, and the middle class. Nowhere has this been more apparent today than with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).Click to read more >>