Don’t ratify the TPP – Mexican and U.S. social movement perspectives

Canada will host U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto during the “Three Amigos Summit” from June 27th -29th 20016 in Ottawa. The leaders will meet to push forward a corporate lead agenda that puts profits before the planet in areas such as trade, the environment and security.

Civil society networks from Canada and Quebec will host a dialogue with fellow organizers Victor Suarez, former Mexican parliamentarian and representative of the Mexico Better without the TPP coalition and Arthur Stamoulis, Executive Director of the Citizens Trade Campaign (CTC) in the United States.

Broad based coalitions are working to stop the TPP and other NAFTA like trade deals in each country. Join us for a ‘lunch and learn’ discussion that will focus on the impact of free trade and investment on communities and the struggles emerging against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) across North America.

When: Tuesday June 28, 2016 From 12:30- 1:30
Where: HUB Ottawa @ 71 Bank Street, 6th floor, Ottawa, Canada

Victor Suarez Carrera is a member of Mexico Better without TPP, a new coalition made up of social and civic organizations against the TPP.
He is also the founder and Executive Director of the National Association of Rural Commercialization Enterprises (ANEC) in Mexico. Since 1995, ANEC has promoted a strategy to allow direct access to agricultural markets for small- and medium-sized producers of basic grains, with more than 50,000 members in 17 Mexican states. Victor also currently promotes the Mexican national campaign “Sin Maíz No Hay País Y el frijol Tampoco,” or “Without Corn There is No Country and Not without Beans Either,” a movement to protect food security for Mexico. He has also been part of numerous political, social and peasant movements both within Mexico and internationally.

Arthur Stamoulis Citizens Trade Campaign (CTC) is a U.S.-based coalition of labor, environmental, family farm, consumer and human rights organizations working together for trade policies that promote a just and sustainable global economy. Citizens Trade Campaign was the first to publish leaked text of several of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) chapters, and organized protests and other civil society responses at each of the TPP negotiating rounds to take place in the United States. It is currently coordinating national campaigns around the TPP. Prior to joining Citizens Trade Campaign, Arthur directed the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign. He has also served as director of government affairs for Clean Air Council, an editor at Common Courage Press, and economics editor for Clamor Magazine.

Organized by the Quebec Network on Continental Integration, Common Frontiers, Trade Justice Network, Council of Canadians and the Canadian Labour Congress