|Never miss a show!||Email Signup||Spotify||Google Podcasts||Apple Podcasts|
It’s been ten years since the North American Free Trade Agreement was implemented. Proponents claimed that NAFTA would be a solution for poverty and sluggish economic growth in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Opponents warned that NAFTA would spark a race to the bottom in wages, labor rights, and environmental standards. On this edition of Making Contact, we hear from people who are working on the front lines of so-called free trade-farmers and a fisherman-and get their perspectives on corporate-led economic globalization. We also have a report from Chiapas, Mexico, where indigenous communities celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Zapatista uprising.
Pietro Parravano, president, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations; Dena Hoff, farmer in eastern Montana, member of the National Family Farm Coalition; Congressman Dennis Kucinich, co-chair, Congressional Progressive Caucus and candidate for the Democratic nomination for President; Lori Wallach, director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch; Lucas Benitez, Coalition of Immokalee Workers; John Ross, author and journalist who has been covering Mexican Politics over the last 30 years; Marceline White, director, Global Trade Program with Women’s Edge; Zapatista Comandante Zebedeo; Alicia, Tzeltal indigenous woman and coordinatior in a Zapatista Autonomous Communities; Jennifer Whitney, member of the collective Notes from Nowhere.
For more information:
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations – San Francisco, CA
National Family Farm Coalition – Washington, DC
Public Citizen – Washington, DC
Coalition of Immokalee Workers – Immokalee, FL
Women’s Edge Coalition – Washington, D.C.