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    Anti-CAFTA Forces Hold CAPITAL HILL Press Conference

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    Anti-CAFTA Forces Hold Capitol Hill Press Conference

    I had the pleasure of participating in a major anti-CAFTA press conference on Capitol Hill today. Hosted by Congressman Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, the conference featured more than 20 elected officials and representatives of the many business, labor, and NGO groups that oppose CAFTA.

    On Thursday I will be attending the House Ways & Means Committee Hearing on CAFTA, and then heading back home to the West Coast.

    Here's the text of the official press release from Representative Brown's office:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    APRIL 20, 2005

    BROAD BIPARTISAN GROUP UNITES AGAINST CAFTA


    Group Calls CAFTA Vote "Deadline"a Last-Ditch Attempt to Pass Agreement

    WASHINGTON - Nearly two dozen Senate and House members from both sides of the aisle united today along with 23 business and labor groups at a Capitol Hill press conference speaking out against CAFTA. Led by Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), the news conference precedes a hearing on CAFTA in the House Ways and Means Committee Thursday.

    House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas recently promised a "deadline" for a House vote on CAFTA by Memorial Day.

    Brown said CAFTA is another chapter in a book of failed trade policies. He also said the Memorial Day deadline is an attempt to gloss over divisions by the president's Congressional allies in the fight over CAFTA.

    "When I ran for Congress in 1992 the U.S. trade deficit was $38 billion," he said. "In 2004 our trade deficit ballooned to $618 billion. CAFTA will continue this dangerous trend."

    All six trade agreements under President George W. Bush were passed by Congress within 70 days of the president's signature. President Bush signed CAFTA on May 28, 2004.

    "If CAFTA weren't so wrong-headed, and opposition to it weren't so deep, Congress would have voted on the bill shortly after the president signed it - and not have let it languish for nearly a year."

    Brown noted the breadth of bipartisan opposition to CAFTA highlights the many failing factors in the trade agreement.

    "CAFTA offends everyone from pro-business organizations to labor groups," he said. "NAFTA promised job growth in the U.S. and a thriving middle class in Mexico. Ten years later, our nation has lost more than 1 million jobs and Mexican wages have remained stagnant. Not one bit of evidence has been provided to show that CAFTA will do any differently."

    Author of a book on trade policy, Brown said, "As the world's largest economy the U.S. has a unique opportunity to improve worker conditions abroad while promoting strong business growth at home."

    "Throughout the developing world, workers do not share in the wealth they create," he said. "Trade pacts like NAFTA and CAFTA enable companies to exploit cheap labor in other countries, then import their products back to the U.S. under favorable terms. As a result, America is bleeding manufacturing jobs and running unprecedented trade deficits. When the world's poorest people can buy American products rather than just make them, then we will know our trade policies are finally working."

    Attendance List

    Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
    Senator Larry Craig (R-ID)
    Senator Mark Dayton (D-MN)
    Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
    Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA)
    Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA) (sent statment)
    Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC)
    Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R-MT) (sent statement)
    Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA)
    Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
    Rep. Charles Melancon (D-LA)
    Rep. Ted Strickland (D-OH)
    Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
    Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
    Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME)
    Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
    Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
    Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY)
    Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI)
    Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI)
    Rep. Gene Greene (D-TX)


    Groups
    R-CALF (United Stockgrowers of America)
    Citizens Trade Campaign
    National Farmers Union
    National Family Farm Coalition
    U.S. Business and Industry Council
    American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition
    Interfaith Working Group
    Lutheran World Relief
    Church World Service

    AFL-CIO
    AmericansforFairTrade.org
    Sierra Club
    Oxfam America
    LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens)
    Washington Office on Latin America

    United Steelworkers
    Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch
    UNITEHERE
    Global Aids Alliance
    Friends of the Earth
    Share Foundation
    Alliance for Responsible Trade
    International Association of Machinists
    Greg Spotts -- director/producer of the documentary film "American Jobs."

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    Very interesting!!

    Why would the churches be watching CAFTA? Do they have members that are losing their jobs in the US? Or is these something else??

    In any event, they need to stay busy with savings souls, conducting sermons, helping the needy, and collecting money.....stay out of our Politics.

    The Lutheran Church is a proponent of illegal immigration. They show up all the time as part of the Open Borders Lobby.

    Where did the Lutheran Church originate? What country?

    Is there something about the Central American immigrants that the Lutheran Church and Lulac don't like?

    What could that be?

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    Those church gangs are OPEN BORDERS idiots.

    A majority of the ANTI CAFTA folks are also OPEN BORDER & ANTI WAR groups. Makes perfect sense to me..........there would be even more POVERTY STRICKEN FOLKS if more of these False Free Trade agreements get through.
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    2ndamendsis--YES, they are definitely Open Borders idiots, so WHY are they opposing CAFTA....something the Open Borders idiots WANT???

    What is it about CAFTA that's now got their "panties in a bunch"....looks to me like CAFTA is the end of the US on a silver platter for them....no jobs and investment OUT of the US.

    They "say" it's working conditions....I "say"....when did they care about "working conditions". Did they EVER do anything to help AMERICAN CITIZENS improve their working conditions? I've never seen the organizations or their church leaders on the streets marching or their mugs on TV or their mouths at a microphone or their butts in Washington doing ANYTHING to improve working conditions for American Citizens, not for the miners, not for asbestos workers, not for child labor, not for women's rights, not for Civil Rights or EEO to protect Black Americans...not even to end slavery in the US.

    So....I know it is not the "working conditions" clauses of the agreement, it is something else that's turned them on their ears over the language in the CAFTA Document....what could it be?

    Sonali.....you might know the answer to THIS!!

    Give us your thoughts!

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    What is it about CAFTA that's now got their "panties in a bunch"....looks to me like CAFTA is the end of the US on a silver platter for them....no jobs and investment OUT of the US.
    Judy, CAFTA is a CFR baby...............NOT the UN's BABY.

    The majority of "anti-Cafta" groups are the "human watch type/Academia" groups and they're hooked into the UN by the umbilical cord. These groups are generally backed by communist/marxist funders. They believe that the UN can rule the world and redistribute the wealth to the 3rd world countries.

    Watch the tug of war between CFR & UN........it takes a little time to figure out the players & the game.
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