While this year’s final renegotiation talks for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continued behind closed doors on Wednesday, members of more than 70 advocacy groups and multiple lawmakers hosted an event on Capitol Hill and launched a social media campaign as part of the #ReplaceNAFTA Day of Action.
“Americans have had enough with trade deals that make it easier to outsource jobs to wherever workers are the most exploited and environmental regulations are the weakest,” said Arthur Stamoulis, executive director of the Citizens Trade Campaign, one of the groups that helped organize the event in D.C.
“It’s time to replace NAFTA with a new agreement that prioritizes the creation of good-paying jobs, the protection of human rights, and increased wages for all working people,” he said.
Activists with labor, environmental, faith, consumer, family farm, and other advocacy groups came together to demand that through the renegotiation, the United States, Mexico, and Canada—the three nations party to the agreement—end NAFTA’s outsourcing incentives and craft “labor and environmental provisions that are based on fundamental international standards and include swift and certain enforcement,” Stamoulis said.
“When Donald Trump campaigned for president, he promised that he was going to stop corporations from shifting American jobs to Mexico,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who spoke at the event alongside Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). Addressing the president directly, Sanders added: “For once in your life, keep your promises.”
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