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.
State Office Building (near the state capitol)
100 Rev. Mr. Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Room 300 south
Saint Paul , Minnesota
We’ll be delivering handmade valentines and meeting with state lawmakers about policies to remove toxic chemicals from children’s products.
Parents, kids and children’s environmental health advocates will be descending on the state capitol this Valentine’s Day with an important message to lawmakers – toxic chemicals like formaldehyde don’t belong in our kid’s toys, shampoo or other products.
Because over 50,000 Minnesotans called, emailed and visited their state legislators, we were the first state in the nation to ban BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups. Other states soon followed Minnesota’s lead and last year the FDA banned BPA from these products.
While we made great progress with BPA, the Minnesota Department of Health has identified nine dangerous chemicals (like formaldehyde, flame retardants and lead) in products our kids are exposed to every day. These chemicals are known to cause cancer, asthma, and developmental problems. Worse, they’re showing up where they don’t belong - in our kid’s bodies and our water.
Minnesota needs to continue to be a leader in protecting kid’s health from toxic chemicals. It’s time we pass the Toxic Free Kid’s Act of 2013, which would require the phase out of these nine toxic chemicals from children’s products sold in Minnesota.
Help ensure we take the next step in protecting children’s health by joining us February 14.