Trade

Along with a great number of allies on the national and regional level, Dakota Rural Action helped stop the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP was the latest corporate giveaway disguised as a trade deal. Like other deals before it, the TPP was negotiated in secret by nearly 500 companies and trade associations. Most of these deals aren’t about cargo ships or tariffs; they are about a global corporate effort to roll back commonsense protections for workers, the environment and public health. These companies aren’t going to prioritize people over their profits. The TPP was a direct threat to the hard-won environmental and consumer protections that we rely on to keep our communities safe, our water clean and our food healthy and affordable.

However, trade remains an issue. Most recently the Administration’s outline of what they would like in a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) contain many of the worst elements contained in the TPP. NAFTA was passed in 1994 and is the trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. DRA worked against the passage of NAFTA and it became the model for other trade agreements. It does need to be renegotiated but without the inclusion of bad ideas that take power away from democratically elected governments at all levels and other bad ideas that threaten the environment, workers and family farmers.

 

For more information contact Frank James at 605.697.5204 ext 240.