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Anti-CAFTA Rally at UCSC on April 15th

Fight CAFTA through active democratic participation this Friday, April 15th, at 12:00pm in front of the Baytree Bookstore at UCSC.

CAFTA, the Cenral American Free Trade Agreement, is like NAFTA but worse. It extends abuses of human rights and the environment, corporate profiteering, and poverty to the Central American nations of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.

CAFTA is slated to be voted on in May, but its supporters are still scrambling for votes and corporate lobbiests are swarming DC. They need 20-25 votes and are looking to Democrats in California for support on this issue.

We aren't against trade, but we are against unfair trade that legislates benefits for only a few rich corporations to profit off poverty.

See also: UCSC Students Oppose CAFTA! | Sam Farr Opposes CAFTA | Stop CAFTA | | Public Citizen | ALCA CMI::FTAA IMC

A commenter reports: The anti-CAFTA rally went well. About 50-100 protesters showed up. Mike Rotkin and Paul Ortiz spoke out about how we in the US need to take responsibility for the behaviour of our government and organize to oppose CAFTA. Mike Rotkin complained about how he can't even make copies of excerpts from his own book to use in class since the company that published it owns the rights. Paul Ortiz noted that the concept of Free Trade is a very sick and twisted concept, as first introduced by the British when they were exploiting the people of India.


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