But for the rest of us, the World Trade Organization, North American Free Trade Agreement, Free Trade Area of the Americas, and other "free trade" pacts represent a "race to the bottom," where workers all over the globe compete for low-paying jobs while companies move from country-to-country trying to find cheaper labor, less environmental regulation, and more political influence.
Then Globalization's just the thing for you!
Every Wednesday Night: Films on History and Politics
@ 7:00 in Social Work 101--click
here for schedule.
"De-Celebrating" Columbus Day, featuring a discussion
of "Columbus and the Consequences of Globalization" and a showing of "In
the Spirit of Crazy Horse," a film about the 1973 siege of AIM activists
at Wounded Knee, Noon @ AH 104
Film Screening. The Houston Independent Media Center will be screening The Emperor's New Clothes and Trading Freedom: The Secret LIfe of the FTAA, about the impact of Globalization on Latin America. 7:00 p.m. the Rice Media Center, Rice University
AFL-CIO "Street Heat." UFCW, Local 408 is organizing
the Wal-Mart at I-45 and El Dorado Blvd. They will be having actions beginning
at 3:30 p.m. and another at 7:00 p.m.
They will be picketing and leafleting customers through the entire time. Wear your Union colors.
"Corporate Walk of Shame,", to include Halliburton
and Kellogg, Brown and Root~~~
Join a walking tour of downtown Houston as we visit the beneficiaries of corporate Free Trade. Rally up in front of One Allen Center @ 5 pm and view what's on the "menu" for Global Justice activism and protest.
Showing of Bread and Roses [starring Adrien Brody],
a film about immigrant workers trying to organize in L.A.
7:00 p.m. in Room 101 of Social Work Building, U.H.
Stop Corporations from literally paving over the world (in Central America and at home)!!!! Join Dirty South Earth First! and activists from around the region for a weekend of protest and education against Maxxam Corporation, owner of Pacific Lumber, who is logging and clear-cutting their way through our nation's few remaining old growth forests. See http://dirtysouthearthfirst.net for details.
Vigil Against CAFTA, sponsored by CRECEN, Centro
de Recursos para Centroamericanos,
4 p.m. at Westin Galleria, 5060 Alabama
Aldo Gonzalez from the Witness for Peace Speaking Tour and UNOSJO (Union of Organizations of the Sierra Juarez Oaxaca), @ noon, 104 Agnes Arnold Hall
Rally and March
Grady Park (1700 Yorktown) @ 4 p.m.
March Begins @ 5 to the Westin Galleria
The Houston Mobilization to Stop CAFTA is calling on all affinity groups, peace and global justice organizations and like-minded individuals to join a legally-permitted march to oppose Central American Trade Talks.
Maria Domingo, Mayan Human-Rights Activist with NISGUA
will speak at U.H @ 7:00 p.m. in Social Work 101
Talks in Houston~~~
THE BIG EVENT Sponsored by the Greater Houston Business Partnership. The United States Trade Rep and delegates from 5 Central American nations will be holding the CAFTA talks at the Westin Oaks and Westin Galleria, located just west of 610 in the Galleria complex.
First Friday Forum, Bob Buzzanco speaks on Corporate
Globalization, 7:00 @ Maryknoll House, 2360 Rice Blvd.
If you want to get involved, or want updates or more
information, email email@example.com or
call 832.725.6220 or 713.269.1508 or check http://stopcafta.org
Schedule subject to change
Materials and Labor donated
"This is What Democracy Looks Like," 7:00 @ Social Work Building, room 101 at U.H.
Anti-Globalization Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich visits Houston
Debate on globalization between UH Professors Tom DeGregori [pro] and Bob Buzzanco [against], Noon @ Agnes Arnold Hall, room 104 at U.H.
Texas Fair Trade Coalition [TFTC] press conference, 3:30 @ the City Hall Reflecting Pool
Drum Circle and Solidarity Rally, 4:30 @ the Mexican Consulate, 4506 Caroline
TFTC "Fair Trade Caravan" event, 6:30 @ The Station,
1502 Alabama, at La Branch
Howard Zinn Speaks at U.H., 7:30 @ Cullen Performance Hall (sponsored by UH History Dept. and others)
Presentation by Representatives of the Mexico Solidarity Network and Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Florida Farmworkers spearheading the Taco Bell Boycott, @ MECA, 1900 Kane, at 7:00 p.m.
Presentations by the Immokalee Workers--noon
at U.H., 104 Agnes Arnold Hall, and other events