2nd TUESDAY of the month at 11:45 AM
The format for our meetings is that about noon the speaker begins the presentation, after being introduced by Bob Kirby. About half an hour later lunch is served, which doesn't stop the presentation. Questions for the speaker are during the presentation or after it, depending on the wishes of the speaker.
Lunch costs $12.00 and is served family style. There is no charge for showing up if you don't want to eat lunch.
The Trans Pacific Free Trade Agreement
Xiomara Castro is an activist with the California Free Trade Coalition, an organization dedicated to ensuring that U.S. trade policy reflects the American values of democracy and justice, and working with local, national, and international organizations and individuals to secure the livelihoods of American workers, promote a sound environment, and protect human rights.
The Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement is a massive new trade deal for the Pacific Rim. After eleven major rounds of negotiations, the United States has reportedly introduced proposals for most, if not all, of an estimated 26 separate chapters for this pact — proposals that will likely affect jobs, wages, agriculture, migration, consumer safety, the environment, financial regulations, internet freedom, access to medicine, indigenous rights, public procurement and more throughout the world. Despite the far-reaching nature of the Trans-Pacific FTA, the U.S. Trade Representative has refused to release any of its negotiating proposals for public scrutiny
Xiomara will give an overview of past trade agreements (such as NAFTA), describe (to the extent possible) the highly secret Trans-Pacific FTA and its possible/probable impacts, and explain the controversy behind the push to fast track the negotiations.
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