With the Polar Vortex and the Bridgegate Scandal starting off the 2014 U.S. news cycle, we at Global Exchange are instead focusing on pressing human rights issues that affect us all the most.
Stop Fast Track and the TransPacific Partnership (TPP): This month marks the 20th anniversary of NAFTA's passage, delivering two decades of unfulfilled promises. Just this week, a bill was introduced in Congress to fast track the devastating TransPacific Partnership, a trade bill being negotiated in secret with over 600 corporations – but with no input from we the people! We’re gearing up for an exciting day of action to Stop the TPP on January 31, and we’re applying grassroots pressure to make sure legislators understand that we oppose this harmful ‘free trade’ deal.
Thanks to you, the energy and support you gave us in 2013 enables us to move forward with our 2014 campaigns to:
End the war on drugs and the senseless violence and killing in Mexico and unjust incarcerations in the U.S.: We’re working to unite civil society throughout North America around sensible gun legislation and ending costly and dangerous drug prohibition.
Ban fracking in California: We’re working with over a dozen communities throughout the state to pass legislation that stops this dangerous practice, stop the oil and gas industry from poisoning our water and accelerating climate change and also asserts our right to local, democratic control.
Expand Fair Trade: Through our grassroots campaign we'll put pressure on Ghirardelli Chocolate to tell us, when it comes to its chocolate “Is It Fair or Not?” We’ll spread the word about the empowering social premium of Fair Trade through exciting holiday actions, too.
Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline: This week's chemical spill in West Virginia, which has contaminated the water supply in several counties plus the crude-by-rail derailments in recent months show the dangers posed by the processing and transporting of dirty energy. We’re working with allies throughout North America to educate the public about the dangers the Keystone XL pipeline has on communities.
We’re proud to have you by our side as we tackle these challenges head on. Here’s to our continued collaboration in 2014!
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