G E T O N T H E B U S ! ! ! ! ! to the US/Mexico Border

Activists in the US and Mexico will make a historic demonstration of international solidarity at the US/Mexico border on Saturday 21 April 2001 in
defense of human needs against corporate greed!

Activists in the US and Mexico will make a historic demonstration of international solidarity at the US/Mexico border on Saturday 21 April 2001 in
defense of human needs against corporate greed!

When President George W. Bush meets with the heads of state from North and South America (except Cuba) at the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, Canada to renew Washington’s push for the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) this April, a treaty designed to spread the corporate agenda of free trade, privatization, and cuts in social spending to almost the whole western hemisphere will be discussed in secret meetings behind closed doors.

At the same time, tens of thousands of trade unionists and activists are expected to converge in Quebec City to protest against the FTAA! Those of us near the US/Mexico border are thousands of miles away from Quebec.

But the conditions we live in and see around us speak volumes about what’s wrong with corporate globalization and privatization. Corporations are free
to move their investments across borders, but ordinary people are denied the same freedoms. Immigrants seeking work in the US face horrific violence and intimidation both at the border and while living and working in the US. Workers are forced to endure appalling conditions here, whether in the sweatshops of Los Angeles, the maquiladoras of Tijuana, or the tomato fields of San Quentin.

Californians have been made acutely aware of the miseries and chaos caused by free markets and deregulation. Schoolchildren in Oakland practice “Blackout Drills” and residents of San Diego and Inglewood face skyrocketing utility bills thanks to the deregulation of California’s electricity system.

These horrors are why we want to speak out right here at the US/Mexico border and say NO to sweatshop working conditions, NO to poverty wages, NO to racist immigrant bashing, and NO to the FTAA!

We need to organize international solidarity to fight back against the international plunder promised by the FTAA

G E T O N T H E B U S ! ! ! ! ! please

if you are in the SAN FRANCISCO area and want to take a bus to the SAN DIEGO MEXICO BORDER ACTION, send an email to: bushlost@sfsu.edu
please give NAME, PHONE NUMBER, and/or EMAIL.

Author: S F S T A T E STOP THE FTAA COMMITTEE

News Service: /RENEGADE/ news_service

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