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BUSH IS COMING to Montebello, Quebecto talk FEAR, MONEY and FORTRESSESwith HARPER and Mexican President CALDERON
GIVE THEM THE WELCOME THEY DESERVE!
Find out More about the SPP - A Plan for Continental Integration
=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::PUBLIC FORUM - SECURITY AND PROSPERITY FOR WHO?Building an opposition to the Security and ProsperityPartnership of North America=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::
*Linda McQuaig - Author, Holding the Bully's Coat: Canada and the US Empire*Paloma Villegas - Organizer, Member of No One Is Illegal - Toronto*Rogelio Cuevas - Mexican Activist, Member of OCAP*Hassan Yussuf - Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
Wednesday, August 1st, 20077:00 PMSteelworkers Hall25 Cecil Street (South of College, East of Spadina)TorontoBy Donation!
Toronto Stop the SPP Committee: a coalition of groups and individualsworking together to raise awareness and to oppose the SPP summit in August2007. Contact: [email protected]
The public forum is a space in which Toronto residents can learn moreabout the Security and Prosperity Partnership and the implications ofcontinental integration. The event is part of the mobilization against theSPP leading up to the tri-state summit in Montebello, Quebec on August20-21.
::=::=::=::=::OPPOSE THE SPP::=::=::=::=::
August 19 and 20, 2007Ottawa, Montebello, and locally
Get on the Bus!
To get on a bus from Toronto to Ottawa (August 19)ORTo get on a bus from Toronto to Ottawa and then travel on to Montebello(August 19-21). Cost: $60-$90 sliding scale (with donations we hope tooffer subsidies soon).
Contact: E-mail your name, phone number and e-mail address to[email protected]. Please specify whether you wish to go to only tothe Ottawa demonstration on the 19th OR to Ottawa and then to Montebelloor the day of action on the 20th.
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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPOSITION TO THE SPP:
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The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) wasestablished in March 2005, at a summit of the Heads of State of Canada,the US, and Mexico held in Cancun.
The SPP is not an official treaty; it is not a law that will be debated inthe House of Commons. As such, it has been able to escape public scrutiny,and has been negotiated by business and government representatives atmeetings from which the press are excluded.
The founding premise of the SPP is that an agenda of economic free tradeand national security will result in prosperity.
But prosperity for who?
Since the North American Free Trade Agreement has implemented in 1994, ithas brought wealth only to corporations and to a slim business class,while increasing poverty and displacement for the vast majority of people.In Mexico, NAFTA has created a 6 million job deficit, and is responsiblefor the displacement of millions of farmers who have left their homes tofind work elsewhere – in the borderland maquilas, and in the US andCanada.
Meanwhile, the “War on Terror” and the beefed-up national securityapparatus has exacerbated insecurity and brought terror on the lives ofmillions of people locally and globally through immigrant raids, bordermilitarization, foreign troop occupations, and repression of civilliberties and resistance movements.
The SPP is backed by a number of large US and Canadian corporations thatprofit massively from the occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine,as well as the war being fought against migrants on increasinglyfortified, armed and surveilled borders.
The North American Competitiveness Council (NACC) was created in June2006, one year after the SPP was launched so that corporate businessleaders could advise government leaders of the three states andeffectively direct the SPP process. The NACC ensures that the SPP processwill carry on regardless of which political parties take power in Canada,Mexico or the US. Harper appointed the Canadian members of the NACC inJune 2006. They include the CEOs and Presidents of Home Depot;Scotiabank; Bell Canada Enterprises; Manulife Financial; Power Corporationof Canada; Ganong Bros. Limited; Suncor Energy Inc.; CN; LinamarCorporation; and Canfor Corporation.
US membership in the NACC includes the following corporations: Chevron;General Electric; Ford; General Motors; Lockheed Martin; Campbell Soup;Wal-Mart; FedEx; UPS; Merck and Co.; and Proctor & Gamble.
What does the SPP do?
The SPP uses the language of fear and terror to promote bordermilitarization, the criminalization of migration, privatization and theftof indigenous land and resources, repression, impoverishment anddisplacement, and cooperation in wars and occupations that will furtherenrich these corporations.
Some of the initiatives being undertaken within the framework of the SPPinclude:
* The expansion of temporary worker programs to facilitate theexploitation of immigrant workers and drive down wages across the board.
* Adopting coordinated border surveillance technologies. Majorcontracts are given to military suppliers;
* Coordinating no-fly lists between the three countries;
* Increasing the use of biometric data, including digital fingerprintingto track refugee claimants across the three countries.
* Further integrating refugee policies. The Safe Third Country Agreement,implemented in December 2004 between the US and Canada, has resulted in atleast a 40% decrease in refugee applications in Canada. Under the UnitedStates-Mexico “Voluntary Repatriation Program” more than 35,000 personshave already been deported.
* Integrating US and Canadian military and police training exercises, andthe expansion of The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) intoa multiservice joint naval and land Defense Command.
* Harmonizing health and environmental regulations to lower standardsand developing of a North American alternative to the Kyoto Protocol.
* Privatizing Mexico’s nationalized oil sector;
* Increasing production in Alberta’s oil sands five times over;
* Pushing for full exploitation of Canadian energy resources in areaswhere it is already being actively opposed by the Lubicon, Dene, andother indigenous communities.
=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::Take Action to Oppose the SPP!=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::=::
Demonstration in OttawaSunday, August 19 @ 12:30PM
Demonstrations in Montebello
Sunday, August 19 @ 6PMMonday, August 20 @ 12PMGather at the Chateau Montebello (or as close as possible)
And be on the look out for local actionsOn the the National Day of Action against the SPPMonday, August 20
Any chance of having the public forum planned for Aug.01, at the Steelworkers hall taped and put on the Internet.
Thanks for the heads-up, OPIRG-Toronto! I'm moving this to the activism forum because I think it would be better there.