Worse than NAFTA? Why North Carolinians should be very, very worried about the so-called “Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
Featuring Lori Wallach, Director of the Global Trade Watch Division at the national advocacy group Public Citizen.
Few American states have experienced the devastating impact of global “free” trade more directly and painfully than North Carolina. Our shuttered manufacturing plants and record unemployment rates both serve as powerful daily reminders of the lasting impact of NAFTA, CAFTA and other alphabet soup trade deals negotiated by far-off politicians and corporate giants.
Now, amazingly enough, yet another such trade agreement is being negotiated in secret, and it could be the worst one yet. As you read this, trade officials from the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations are negotiating something called the Trans-Pacific Partnership in hopes of reaching agreement this fall.
Lori Wallach thinks this is a big mistake. Wallach is the Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch division. A Harvard-trained lawyer, Wallach has promoted the public interest regarding globalization and international commercial agreements in every forum: Congress and foreign parliaments, the courts, government agencies and the media.
She’s also been described as “Ralph Nader with a sense of humor” by the Wall Street Journal, “the trade debate’s guerrilla warrior” in the National Journal and “Madame Defarge of Seattle” by the Institute for International Economics.
Don’t miss this important opportunity to hear from this passionate national leader on this dangerously under-reported subject.
When: Thursday, September 26, at 12:00 p.m. — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.
Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)
Cost: $10—includes a box lunch.
Space is limited – pre-registration required.