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The Washington Fair Trade Coalition (WFTC) is a coalition of over 60 Washington labor, faith, environmental, farmer, and social justice groups that are committed to creating a fair, balanced, and sustainable global trading system.

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Friends, please join us demanding that the WTO get out of the agricultural sector at this event at the Ballard Farmers Market on December 17th! We'll be standing in solidarity with La Via Campesina as they protest during the WTO meeting in Argentina later this month.

Email hillary@washingtonfairtrade.org if you have questions about the event.

WTO out of Agriculture! Solidarity Action with La Via Campesina

December 17, 2017, 1:00pm - December 17, 2017, 4:00pm

Seattle Says: WTO out of Agriculture! Localize our Food System! Respect Workers Rights! People & the Planet Before Profit! Solidarity Action with La Via Campesina during the WTO’s 11th conference in Argentina Sunday, December 17, 1-2PM Ballard Farmers Market Meet at the Bell Tower, 22nd Ave NW & Ballard Ave NW Agriculture should not be part of any WTO negotiations! The WTO undermines democracy through the most brutal form of capitalism: trade liberalization, deregulation, and privatization, which exploits small farmers and local food systems. Join us at Seattle's largest neighborhood farmers market to demand a trade system that works for all. #WTOKills #FoodSovereigntyNOW #OutWTO Co-organized by Community Alliance for Global Justice, Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21 and Washington Fair Trade Coalition.

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Friends, to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the WTO shutdown in Seattle, the Community Alliance for Global Justice is hosting a film screening tomorrow evening of This is What Democracy Looks Like.
We hope to see you there!

Film Screening: This is What Democracy Looks Like

November 30, 2017, 8:00pm - December 1, 2017, 12:00am

WTO Shut-Down Anniversary Film Screening: "This Is What Democracy Looks Like" - Event is free! - Refreshments provided - Please help us publicize! Share the Facebook event. On November 30th 1999, a people's rebellion shut down Seattle and the World Trade Organization (WTO)! Over 50,000 informed activists from all over the globe took to the streets to say NO to the WTO on November 30. After a week of strategic daily actions and teach-ins, we made history when the WTO failed to come to consensus, permanently rolling back their agenda to expand corporate power. CAGJ was born on this day, although we did not materialize until 2001. Please join us for a film screening of the documentary “This is What Democracy Looks Like,” co-edited by CAGJ member, Seattle’s own Jill Freidberg. A short discussion will follow the film, facilitated by Heather Day, CAGJ’s Director who helped organize the ‘99 protests. We will also share an update on current trade justice organizing! The film screening will start right after Anakbayan Seattle's 15th Anniversary event (www.facebook.com/events/1978401959088033/), We encourage you to attend, starting at 6pm! Anakbayan is celebrating their 15th Anniversary by learning about what 3 members experienced on their recent trip to the Philippines. ACCESSIBILITY • There will be food! • Free childcare provided • Accessible by buses 7, 9, 50, 106 / free, 2-hour street parking • Wheelchair accessible • Space will not be scent-free, but we encourage folks to come unscented / low-scented! For more info about the Film Screening, please contact CAGJ: 206-405-4600, fjp@cagj.org More about Anakbayan Seattle www.facebook.com/anakbayan.seattle/ Nov 30 Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/1978401959088033/permalink/1982500392011523/ Anakbayan is a youth and student organization working to educate, organize and mobilize community to address important issues that affect Filipinos in the U.S. and the Philippines. They aim to unite Filipino youth of all backgrounds in order to achieve genuine freedom and democracy in the Philippines. More about the film: Cut from the footage of over 100 media activists, This is What Democracy Looks Like captures the historic events of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. The film marks a turning point in collaborative filmmaking and achieves a scope and vision possible only through the lenses of over 100 cameras. With a driving soundtrack by Rage Against the Machine, DJ Shadow, and Anne Feeney, This is What Democracy Looks Like, delivers an intensely political and emotional account of a week that changed the world. The film is a co-production between Corrugated Films founder, Jill Freidberg, and Big Noise Films founder, Rick Rowley.

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This past week we visited Representative Smith's office in Renton to put forth a vision for trade policy that benefits workers and the planet!

These office visits are especially important at a time when NAFTA is up for renegotiation and susceptible to public pressure.

If you'd like to join in on the office visit fun: we have one more visit scheduled next Monday, November 27th at 11am at Denny Heck's office in Lacey (420 College Street SE). If you'd like to be there, let Hillary know by sending an email to Hillary@washingtonfairtrade.org.

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Teamsters in the house at this morning's Fair Trade Breakfast! 🙂 Riled up and ready to fight for a trade policy that works for everyone!! ...

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Going live at the WA Fair Trade Coalition annual fair trade breakfast! ...

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Free Trade Facts

The Impact Of Free Trade Policy In Washington State

Manufacturing Jobs Lost in Washington State

Jobs Lost due to the Rising Trade Deficit With Mexico

Current Free Trade policy has proven to be a losing battle for workers, farmers, and communities in WA State and around the world.

Why Should I Care?

  • Mexican farmers unable to compete with cheaper American
    corn lose their land and migrate to cities to find work in maquilladoras
    (sweatshops) or to the US and WA State as farm workers
  • 65,193 workers were certified under Trade Adjustment Assistance
    1994-2011 as directly losing their job because of US trade policy (US DoL statistics).
    positions associated with these jobs such as drivers, suppliers and
    small businesses do not qualify and are not counted.
  • Mexican farmers unable to compete with cheaper American
    corn lose their land and migrate to cities to find work in maquilladoras (sweatshops) or to the US and WA State as farm workers

Fair Trade

Not Free Trade

What Would It Look Like?

For too long, U.S. trade policy has benefited transnational corporations at the expense of workers’ rights, consumer safety and the environment at home and abroad. The Washington Fair Trade Coalition, working with local, national, and international partners, aims to build a new model of trade, a model that supports our communities and our world. What could that look like?

Help us fight for fair trade!