Fair trade or free trade? Let your voice be heard on Minnesota’s future!
The Obama Administration is negotiating two new mega trade deals (one with Pacific Rim countries, another with Europe) entirely in secret, with the goal of further expanding the NAFTA-model of free trade. These trade agreements could have major impacts on Minnesota's farmers, workers, small business owners and rural communities. They could limit Minnesota’s ability to support local food and energy systems and grow local businesses. In order to stay up to speed, Minnesota has set up a new Trade Policy Advisory Council (TPAC) to advise the state legislature and Governor.
TPAC wants to hear from Minnesotans: What concerns do you have about free trade? What role could TPAC play in the future? Now is your opportunity to have a say in our future trade policy. Complete the survey and let them know future trade negotiations should be public, not secret. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard in the development of trade agreements and that they protect local control and our quality of life. The free trade model has failed for Minnesota and we need a new approach to trade. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard before trade agreements are completed, and that they protect local control, our natural resources and our quality of life.
Becky Glass is the Deputy Director of the Labor Network for Sustainability (LNS), a 4,000- member network of trade union and worker activists and environmentalists dedicated to full spectrum (economic, social, and environmental) sustainability. Becky served for 12 years as the founding Executive Director of the Midwest States Center, supporting statewide civic engagement coalitions in the Midwest. Before that she served as Midwest field director for The Youth Project. She holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning emphasizing transportation and energy from the University of Illinois. She serves on the boards of a number of nonprofits, including: Global Labor Strategies, Public Campaign, and Public Campaign Action Fund. Becky and her husband Jim Hare are long-time farm activists living on a small farm in Western Wisconsin where they raise grass-fed beef. Their daughter Amber studies at Boston University.