Uploaded on Jun 2, 2011
Stop the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. Take action at: http://bit.ly/iLIHEA
As Washington debates the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, there are stories left untold, questions unasked. So speak out!
To email your members of congress in one easy step, go to: http://bit.ly/iLIHEA
Or give them a call and ask:
What will you do if the Free Trade Agreement with Colombia is passed
And it devastates Colombia's rural poor?
What will you do
When those who have been most affected by Colombia's cruel war
When the Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities who are struggling to survive
When many of Colombia's 5 million internally displaced persons
Who are bravely returning to their stolen lands
Are displaced once again
Forced to flee their homes and leave everything behind?
What will you say
When U.S. companies invest in projects on these stolen lands
Where illegal armed groups still hold sway?
What will you do when U.S. companies with interests in gold mining
Banana and African palm oil cultivation
Pay these illegal armed groups for "protection"
And these groups threaten and murder more poor farmers
To get hold of their profitable lands?
What will you say when the alternative development projects our nation funded, fail
When desperate farmers are unable to compete with subsidized U.S. agricultural exports
And start growing more coca than ever before?
What will you do when there is more cocaine on our streets?
What will you say when the right to organize in Colombia
Is not respected or protected?
When trade unionists
And human rights defenders
Are still attacked, threatened and killed?
If the Free Trade Agreement comes to pass
What will you do?
You who voted or lobbied for this harmful trade agreement
With a country still in the midst of a devastating conflict?
What will you do?
What will you say?
How will you make amends?
For more information, visit: http://www.lawg.org/ftaresources
Video by Vanessa Kritzer and Alex Gordon, Latin America Working Group
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