Finally, Trade We Can Support
We know that NAFTA-style "free trade" has been bad for workers, the environment, and human rights. But if we're against NAFTA, what are we for? Enter the TRADE Act. This bill, introduced last year, names unequivocal economic justice, human rights, labor, and environmental standards by which NAFTA and CAFTA must be renegotiated, and to which any future trade agreements must conform. (See details below.) If passed, the Act would launch a new, more just era of U.S. trade.
Thanks to thousands of Congressional visits, letters, and calls from people like you, the TRADE Act was introduced in the House in 2009 with a goal-topping 106 original cosponsors. That number has now grown to over 147 cosponsors, including a majority of House Democrats. To make this just trade model a reality, we need to gain some more House cosponsors while also working to get our Senators on board. To do so, please either call or email your representatives:
1. Call your representatives. Calls are generally more effective than emails. Just enter your zip code below and the numbers for your representatives will appear. Upon calling, identify yourself as a constituent and ask for the trade staffer (if not there, ask for her/his voicemail). Simply ask the staffer to co-sponsor the TRADE Act (HR 3012 in the House and S 2821 in the Senate) as a forward-thinking alternative to the discredited NAFTA trade model. Feel free to add your own reasons or choose from the talking points below.
2. Email your representatives. Simply send a prepared email below by entering your zip code, making any edits you wish, adding your information, and hitting send. It will automatically go to your House and Senate representatives. (If your representative has already sponsored the TRADE Act, the prepared message will be a thank-you email.)