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Coca Cola Workers in Colombia, 20 Year Temps, & Fighting Back Against Fast Track's More of the Same (John Walsh on Labor Radio)
WFP National Board Chair John Walsh interviewed Daniel Rueda, of the union representing Coca-Cola workers in Colombia, in Spanish and English on Labor Radio. In the same broadcast, he interviewed Robyn Gottlieb of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, on the NAFTA-on-steroids Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).//El Presidente de la Junta Directiva Nacional de APP, John Walsh, entrevistó, en español y en inglés, a Daniel Rueda, del sindicato que representa a lxs trabajadorxs de Coca-Cola en Colombia. Otra intrevista sobre el TTP en inglés.
The Dark Side of Development in Colombia
Check out the great new article in NACLA by WfP's Colombia team on violence in Buenaventura
Zenith City Weekly: Si quieres la paz, lucha por la justicia
by Amy Price and Lyn Clark PeggZenith City Weekly
June 12th, 2012
Lyn Clark Pegg and Amy Price report on the findings of their Witness for Peace delegation to Colombia.
DULUTH NEWS-TRIBUNE: Time to Put People Ahead of Corporate Profits
September 17th, 2011
President Obama claims that free trade will create jobs, but Bill Hardesty, chair of the board of Witness for Peace - Upper Midwest, sets the record straight.
July 7th, 2011
Law student Isabel Saavedra reflects on her delegation to the U.S./Mexico border.
THE HILL: Colombia trade deal doesn't pass the smell test
June 21st, 2011
Witness for Peace is featured "where lawmakers come to blog," the Hill's prominent, inside-the-Beltway Congress Blog.
PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: 'Steamlined' in Arizona
June 12th, 2011
WFP member Martin Lepkowski on immigration and trade policy reform: U.S. taxpayers can spend billions of dollars to build walls and prisons but this issue will not go away. What is needed is a just immigration-reform policy. We need a fair-trade agreement, not a free-trade agreement that continues to impoverish the poor in Mexico, forcing them to migrate.
DESERET NEWS: Trade deal harmful
May 31st, 2011
The agreement will also prove disastrous for Colombia's small farmers. If passed, subsidized U.S. grain will flood the Colombian market and leave at least 400,000 farmers without their previous source of income, writes WFP intern Kelly Miller.
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: No deal on trade deal
May 21st, 2011
The nefarious Colombia trade agreement would give corporate profits a small boost, but would have disastrous impacts on the working class and the environment both at home and abroad, says WFP intern Kelly Miller.
DAVIS ENTERPRISE: Nix a trade deal with Colombia
May 13th, 2011
Any trade deal that turns a blind eye toward the mass murder of workers and spurs cocaine production should be a non-starter in Washington, says WFP's Moravia de la O.
PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: Colombia free-trade deal may mean more cocaine in U.S.
May 9th, 2011
There's only one Colombian industry that can potentially employ workers who would lose their job in the wake of a free trade deal.
BALTIMORE SUN: The case against the Colombian free trade pact
May 2nd, 2011
Professor Kim Jensen compares lessons from two simultaneous delegations to Colombia: one human rights-focused and the other focused those who stand to benefit from free trade.
KPFK RADIO: Colombian free trade deal ignores violence, faces Colombian resistance
April 12th, 2011
Witness for Peace Associate Director Jess Hunter-Bowman sheds light on the faults of the "Action Plan" and the consequences of a U.S.-Colombia FTA for workers in both countries.
DALLAS MORNING-NEWS: Free Trade's Winners and Losers in Latin America
March 14th, 2011
As the media builds up to President Obama's visit to Latin America, Witness for Peace Associate Director Jess Hunter-Bowman lays out the facts on how free trade affects Latin America.
HOLA! TENNESSE: Migración forzada: atacando el problema desde la raíz
December 18th, 2010
National Grassroots Organizer Catalina Nieto marks International Migrants Day with a call to address the roots of immigration: U.S. foreign policy.
PIONEER PRESS: Doing business with assassins
February 12th, 2010
Anne Holzman of St. Paul, who worked with Witness for Peace in Nicaragua in the 1980s, writes a rebuttal to an editorial calling for passage of a free trade agreement with Colombia.
HAMPTONS ONLINE: What Drives Migration? Surprise, It's Corn
February 1st, 2010
A delegation of 15 Long Islanders - which included educators, university students, and government appointees from both Nassau and Suffolk counties - traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico and made a surprising discovery. They learned that Mexican migration patterns are inextricably linked to the global price of corn.
ROANOKE STAR-SENTINEL: Fair trade makes good sense for co-op
November 12th, 2009
The Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op welcomed a Witness for Peace spokesperson from Nicaragua to its Grandin Village store to discuss fair trade coffee and other food products.
SEACOAST ONLINE: Stand Up for Immigration Reform
October 7th, 2009
A letter to the editor published by Witness for Peace supporter Miles Freeman exposes the roots of migration: U.S. trade policy.
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: NAFTA is our problem, not immigration
August 30th, 2009
An opinion editorial by Mexico-based Witness for Peace International Team member Alexis Ball.
CNN: Protesters block streets as Obama, Uribe talk free trade
June 29th, 2009
President Barack Obama discussed a free trade agreement with his Colombian counterpart while scores of protesters clogged streets near the White House to demonstrate against the pact.
DAILY GAZETTE: Military approach not enough to win drug war
April 21st, 2009
Letter to the editor on Mexico's drug-related violence and NAFTA by Witness for Peace supporter Luisa Torres.
EL ESPECTADOR: Piden a Obama frenar Plan Colombia y TLC
April 20th, 2009
A Colombian newspaper reports on the protest in Washington, calling for a shift from military aid for Colombia to humanitarian assistance for the displaced and a continued hold on the U.S.-Colombia FTA.
EL TIEMPO: Marcha en seis ciudades de E.U. harán el lunes para protestar contra el desplazamiento en Colombia
April 19th, 2009
Colombia's largest daily, El Tiempo, reports on the U.S. activities for the National Day of Action for Peace in Colombia.
COMMON DREAMS: Food crisis in Mexico is linked to U.S. policies, bodes for increased immigration
August 12th, 2008
Witness for Peace's Mexico-based International Team analyzes the U.S. policies at the root of Mexico's food crisis.
BOSTON GLOBE: Past is perfect - for U.S. corporations
July 16th, 2008
A letter to the editor regarding the Colombia Free Trade Agreement by Witness for Peace supporter Avi Chomsky.
NACLA REPORT ON THE AMERICAS: Keeping trade fair in Mexico
March 26th, 2006
An opinion editorial by Hope Bastian of the Mexico-based International Team.
U.S. NEWSWIRE: Coalition denounces CAFTA approval
July 28th, 2005
Witness for Peace and other solidarity groups pledge to continue the fight against the implementation of the unjust free trade agreement.
U.S. NEWSWIRE: Grassroots CAFTA opponents mobilize for final vote
July 27th, 2005
Witness for Peace activists oppose free trade agreements between the United States and Central America.