What Happened to Trump’s Campaign Promise for Better Trade Rules?
Last week the Trump administration released their initial objectives for the renegotiation of NAFTA. As suspected, their goals look like more corporate-friendly business as usual. There’s no plan to include groups representing farmers, workers, environmental or public health interests. Instead, the objectives released point towards more secretive negotiations, the expansion of more corporate power, and a regulatory race to the bottom.
NAFTA Renegotiation Needs to Put People Before Corporate Profits
The objectives released for the renegotiation of NAFTA make clear that Trump is not keeping his promise for better trade deals. Let’s keep the heat on the president and Congress to let them know that secret negotiations and corporate-driven priorities won’t make trade better for the millions of farmers, workers, and families trying to make a living on both sides of the border.
Eight Years Is Too Long, It’s Time to Raise the Wage!
July 24th marked 8 years since last time the federal minimum wage went up. In that time, the costs of housing and other daily essentials have gone up yet workers making at or near the minimum wage haven’t seen an increase in their earning power.
While some cities and states have taken action and raised the wages on their own, there needs to be an increase at the federal level to support all workers. Let your member of Congress know that you support the Raise the Wage Act of 2017.
Three Ways to Stand with Small-Scale Farmers
“We believed in a solidarity movement that could change our economic system that would allow small-scale producers to be at the forefront and empowered to build their own communities…We were passionate about creating a different system than the colonialist system of institutionalized oppression and that for so long had dictated the lives and exploited the most marginalized communities.” –Our Executive Director, Dana Geffner in conversation with our partners at Grow Ahead on the beginnings of her work in the fair trade movement.