(en)Chilean, North American NGOs Demand: No NAFTA Expansion

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>CHILEAN, MEXICAN, U.S. AND CANADIAN GROUPS DEMAND:
>NO NAFTA EXPANSION!
>
>
>February 26, 1997
>
>
>Dear President Frei, President Zedillo, President Clinton and Prime
>Minister Chretien:
>
>
>
> We are writing as representatives of citizens of Chile, Mexico,
>Canada, and the United States with a strong message: We do not want NAFTA
>expansion.
>
>
> Three years of experience under NAFTA has proved it to be an
>unmitigated failure for most people in Mexico, Canada and the United
>States. The fundamental question raised with recent talk of expanding
>NAFTA, first to Chile and then throughout our hemisphere, is whether NAFTA
>should serve as the model for such integration. NAFTA has now provided
>substantial evidence that the answer is unequivocally no.
>
>
> The benefits promised to Mexican, Canadian, and U.S. citizens of
>economic stability, more jobs, higher wages, and a better environment have
>not occurred. Significant problems have followed.
>
>
> We need a different agreement between our countries that promotes the
>creation of good jobs and fosters labor rights; that facilitates higher
>wages and safe working conditions; that helps root investment in local
>communities and promotes stability in our currencies and financial
>markets; that protects the environment and human health as a priority;
>that guarantees democratic accountability of decision makers, due process,
>and human rights; and that supports rural society and small farmers in our
>hemisphere.
>
>
> NAFTA, in contrast, has had the opposite outcomes. Under NAFTA, Mexico
>suffered its most severe economic crisis in 60 years. Since NAFTA, Mexican
>unemployment grew by two million and 28,000 Mexican businesses have
>failed. Real wages in Mexico have been cut by a third since NAFTA.
>Astronomical interest rates have deprived Mexicans of their homes, farms
>and businesses. While employment in the notoriously low wage maquiladora
>assembly plants has increased by 48% since NAFTA began, total Mexican
>unemployment has increased. These Mexican job losses under NAFTA began
>before the peso crash. Under NAFTA, nearly one million Mexican farmers
>have been displaced by northern grain imports. Many Mexican small and
>medium retailers and manufacturers have been wiped out under NAFTA's
>rules.
>
>
>
> Despite rosy pronouncements by Presidents Clinton and Zedillo, the
>situation in Mexico continues to deteriorate. Harsh austerity measures
>imposed by the U.S. Treasury, the IMF and the World Bank as conditions of
>the 1995 "bailout" continue to strangle the Mexican economy, driving down
>working conditions, wages and environmental conditions. Meanwhile, despite
>announcements that the "bailout" debt had been paid back, it was in fact
>simply refinanced as Germany, the IMF (of which the U.S. is the largest
>funder) and other creditors assumed the "bailout" loans. Since NAFTA,
>Mexico's overall external debt has grown from US$142.2 to $165 billion.
>Mexico's National Autonomous University reports the percentage of Mexicans
>considered to be "extremely poor" has increased from 31% the year before
>NAFTA to 50% in 1996. As well, social and political instability have
>increased since NAFTA, with growth in the drug trade, major increases in
>other crime in Mexico, increased militarization of Mexican life and two
>armed uprisings since NAFTA.
>
>
> The environmental and health improvements promised for the U.S.-Mexico
>border have not materialized; instead, conditions have deteriorated as
>the 48% increase in the maquiladora workforce has occurred without
>significant improvement in environmental and public health infrastructure
>on either side of the border. The rate of pollution-related diseases,
>such as hepatitis, chronic diarrhea and respiratory problems have
>increased for Mexican and American residents of the border area. The
>amount of money spent on border environmental, health and infrastructure
>projects is but a tiny fraction of the US$20 billion necessary to complete
>the job of border area clean-up.
>
>
> In the U.S., three years of NAFTA have turned a historically balanced
>flow of trade with Mexico into a $15-plus billion annual deficit.
>Ironically, under NAFTA, the trade deficit with Mexico is five-fold worse
>than in 1982, the last major Mexican economic crisis. By plugging
>government data on NAFTA trade flows into the job formulas created by
>NAFTA's boosters, the U.S. has experienced NAFTA job losses of
>approximately half a million. These are high paying, high skill jobs,
>such as in the automotive and electronics sectors where the new NAFTA
>trade deficit is most severe. Yet, when these jobs are relocated to
>Mexico, Mexican workers are being paid in the best situations less than
>$12 per day. NAFTA is also being used to undercut collective bargaining
>efforts and to bust unions in the United States as documented in a recent
>U.S. Labor Department-commissioned study. NAFTA is also causing downward
>pressure on U.S. wages.
>
>
> In Canada, after more than eight years under continual free trade,
>including three years under NAFTA, there has been one saga after another
>of broken promises. Canadians were promised that free trade would bring
>"jobs, jobs, jobs," yet national unemployment has averaged 10 percent and
>over 334,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector alone have been lost since
>free trade came into effect. Big business told Canadians that their
>cherished social programs would be protected under the free trade deals.
>Yet, these same corporations, in the name of "leveling the playing field"
>and "harmonizing" our social programs with our trade partners, have
>relentlessly pressured our governments to slash unemployment insurance,
>social assistance, post secondary education and pensions. Even parts of
>Canada's public health care system are now in danger of being taken over
>by giant U.S. health corporations looking North for new markets. Three
>years ago, politicians in all our countries were claiming NAFTA's side
>agreements would make NAFTA the "greenest" trade accord in the world. Yet,
>now Canadians are facing major environmental deregulation, along with
>massive cuts in government monitoring and enforcement agencies (e.g., the
>federal environmental ministry is being cut by 33 percent.) And although
>Canadians were repeatedly promised that their cultural institutions would
>be protected under NAFTA, Canada's cultural laws are constantly being made
>the target of trade disputes, despite the fact that only 17 percent of all
>books and magazines sold in Canada are Canadian and 90 percent of all
>English language school textbooks are imported from the United States.
>
>
> Why would the existing NAFTA nations want to inflict these problems on
>Chile? Already before NAFTA, Chile's economy is based on cheap wages and
>a lack of workers rights due to the Pinochet-era labor law that remains in
>place. This labor law does not protect the right for workers to organize
>or bargain collectively and forbids labor organizing in many sectors. The
>Chilean minimum wage is under U.S. $5.50 per day. These conditions are
>leading to growing inequity in Chile between a small rich class and the
>poor majority. Like the Mexican indigenous people in Chiapas, Chile's
>large indigenous population, led by the Mapuche, oppose NAFTA. In Chile,
>the small business association CONUPIA, forewarned by the devastation
>NAFTA wreaked on Mexico, also opposes NAFTA under the present conditions.
>
>
> Meanwhile, Chile's former brutal dictator, Augusto Pinochet, continues
>as head of the military. Some perpetrators of human rights abuses during
>the military regime remain on active duty in important roles in the army.
>Indeed, under the Chilean Amnesty Law, many cases of human rights abuses
>have been dismissed. For instance, the cases of 542 disappeared people
>have been closed without further investigation, provoking concern and
>condemnation from a broad spectrum of sources, including the European
>Union. According to the United Nations Commission of Human Rights, acts of
>torture continue in Chile, with 71% of detainees in prisons suffering some
>form of ill treatment.
>
>
> Moreover, the Chilean government's lack of support for meaningful
>environmental protection has resulted in its failure to issue implementing
>regulations to Chile's national environmental law of 1994. Thus, even
>minimal environmental impact statements are being avoided. This has
>resulted in a dramatic increase in major environmental conflicts in Chile
>recently. The lack of effective and enforced environmental law is
>devastating to a nation with 80% of its exports in four natural resource
>sectors: forestry, fishing, mining and agriculture. Indeed, NAFTA promotes
>precisely the opposite path for development to which the Chilean
>government committed in signing the 1992 Rio Declaration.
>
>
> Citizens in Chile want their standard of living, social and
>environmental conditions improved in the future, not locked at their
>status quo for posterity by a NAFTA.
>
>
> Thus, as the citizens of the four countries united, we urge you in the
>strongest terms to forgo expansion of NAFTA. The NAFTA has failed. We
>want to work with you on developing other agreements for our hemisphere
>that would actually provide prosperity for the Americas and protect our
>health and environment.
>
>
>Sincerely,
>
>
>Red Chile de Accion por una Iniciativa de
>
> los Pueblos (RECHIP), Santiago, Chile
>
>Red Nacional De Accion Ecologica, (RENACE) , Santiago, Chile
>
>Red Mexicana de Accion Frente al Libre Comercio
>
> (RMALC), Mexico City, Mexico
>
>Citizens Trade Campaign (CTC), Washington, DC, USA
>
>Alliance for Responsible Trade (ART), Washington, DC, USA
>
>Action Canada Network (ACN), Ottawa, ONT, Canada
>
>Council of Canadians, Ottawa, ONT, Canada
>
>
>List of Individual Citizen Organizations Below
>
>
>CHILE
>
>
>A.G. Instituto de Normalizacion Previsional, Temuco
>
>ACORDE, Ac. Comunal por la Reflex. Y Defensa Ecologica Villa Alemana
>
>ADECOOP, Centro para la Autogest. y Desarollo
>
> Cooperativo, Agroeclogia y Ambiente, Valdivia
>
>Agrupacion Ecologica Karumapu
>
>Agrupacion De Trabajafores "Clotario Blest",Temuco
>
>Ancud
>
>ANEF, 9 Region
>
>APMA Asociacion Periodistas del Medio Ambiente
>
>Apropiada
>
>Asociacion de Agricultores Organicos de Chile Tierra Viva
>
>Asociacion Subud Chile
>
>Asociacion de Profesionales y Tecnicos Mapuches
>
>Asociacion Cristiana Femenina de Chile,
>
>Viqa del Mar
>
>Aurora, Centro De Estudios Agrarios, Valdivia
>
>Brigada Ecologica de Peumo (BRIECOP-PEUMO)
>
>Brokas de las nakies, Temuco
>
>CADEP, Curanihue
>
>Capide Centro Asesor y Plantificador de Investigation Y
>
> Desarollo, Casa de la Mujer Morada
>
>Casa de Juventud Sentir Joven, Cartagena
>
>Casa Ecologica
>
>Casazul
>
>CCAA Ingenieria en Ordenacion Ambiental
>
>CCT
>
>CEA Centro de Estudios Agrarios - Valdivia
>
>CEAAL, Consejo de Education de Adultos
>
>de America Latina
>
>CECAP, Centro de Capacitacion, Valparaiso
>
>Centro Experimental de Investigacion y Technologia
>
> Apicola Ceita, Centro Ecologico Omkin Kae
>
>Centro Cultural Ecoambientalista Vidalay, Copiapo
>
>Centro de Accion del Medio Ambiente,
>
>San Fernando
>
>Centro Ecologico Omkin Kal, Los Angeles
>
>Centro El Camelo de Nos
>
>Centro de Estudios "Simon Bolivar", Temuco
>
>Centro Arrayan/Centro Attue
>
>CEPAUR
>
>CEPCH
>
>CEPSS
>
>CETAL, Centro de Estudios en Tecnologias Apropiadas, Valparaiso
>
>CIA, Corporacion de Investigacion en
>
>Agricultura Alternativa
>
>Ciclo Arbol Vida
>
>CLIMA, Comite Local Investigacion Medio Ambiente
>
>Club Ecologica de Peumo
>
>Club Ecologico Turistico Cultural el Transito,
>
>Vallemar
>
>Club de Vida Silvestre Genesis 1,20 Chillan
>
>CODEF-AYSEN, Coyhaique
>
>CODEFF
>
>CODEPU
>
>Colegio Jose Manuel Balmaceda
>
>Colegion Mueqicito
>
>Comision Chilena de Derechos Humanos
>
>Comision Nacional Campesina, CNC
>
>Comision Chilena Por el Desarme y la Desnuclearizacion
>
>Comision de Justicia, Paz y Ecologia de la Familia Franciscana
>
>Comite Defensa Medio Ambiente, NOS
>
>Comite de Higiene Abiental y Desarollo Local
>
>Villa O'Higgins
>
>Comite Ecologica Norte Verde, Ovalle
>
>Comite Ecologico Liceo a-2 Oscar
>
> Castro Zuqiga, Rancagua
>
>Comite Medio Ambiente Trabajadores del Metro, Codema
>
>Comite de Defensa Diego de Almagro, Diego
>
>de Almagro
>
>Comite Ecologico Semilla de Nueva Humanidad
>
>Comun y Silvestre
>
>Comunidad Bahai, Viqa del Mar
>
>Comunidad Huapi Budi, Temuco
>
>CONACIN
>
>Confederacion Bancaria
>
>Confederacion Religiosa CONFERRE
>
>Confederacion del Agro "El Surco"
>
>Confraternidad Cristiana de Iglesias
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal de Molina
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal de Penco
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal de Conchali
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal de Curepto
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal San Francisco Mostazal
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal de Curanilhue
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal de Lampa
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal de la Cruz
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal Quillota
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal de Lo Espejo
>
>Consejo de Todas las Tierras
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal de Rancagua
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal de Licanten
>
>Consejo General de Caciques de La Isla de
>
>Chiloe Quellon
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal de Maipu
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal de Estacion Central
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal de Providencia
>
>Consejo Ecologico Comunal de la Cisterna
>
>Consejos Ecologicos
>
>CONSFETEMA
>
>Coordinadora Araucania "Por un desarrollo justo
>
>y sustenable"
>
>Coorporacion de Estudios y Desarrollo Norte Grande, Noca
>
>CORFHU
>
>Corporacion de Desarollo Social -Comuna Nueva
>
>Corporacion para el Desarrollo de la Provincia
>
>de Valdivia
>
>COTRA, Comite de Trabajo in Tecnologia Alternativa,
>
> Viqa del Mar
>
>CTGACH
>
>Cuatro por al Ecologia, Coyhaique
>
>Desarollo Alternativo Nahuelbuta, Talcahuano
>
>Ecologica y Desarrollo
>
>Equipo de Promocion Campesina, San Nicolas, Quble
>
>Esperanza en Accion
>
>Federacion "La voz del Campo", 9 Region
>
>Federacion de Estudiantes Universidad Catolica, Vocalia de
>
> Medio FENASITECH
>
>FENATS 9 Region
>
>Fundacion Lahuen
>
>Fundacion Claudio Gay
>
>Fundacion Para La Tierra
>
>Fundacion "Laura Rodriguez"
>
>Fundacion Instituto Indigena, Temuco
>
>Fundacion Crate, Talca
>
>GABB, Grupo De Accion por el Bio-Bio
>
>Gara Centro De Defensa Ecologica
>
>Generaccion Alternativa
>
>Gicams
>
>Grupo de Campasinas - Chillan
>
>Grupo Muerto Caro lo Sierra-Valledor
>
>Grupo de Accion Ecologica de Atacama, Gaeda, Copiapo
>
>Grupo Aristico Mapuche Aukinko de Rengali
>
>Grupo Ecologico Manos Verdes, Curico
>
>Grupo Flor Del Bosque, Pucon
>
>IDDEA, Iniciativa Defensa Ecol. Austral,
>
>Punta Arenas
>
>IDEPA, Instituto para La Paz y el Desarollo Alternativo,
>
> Valparaiso IEP Instituto de
>
>Ecologia Politica
>
>Instituto de Ecologia de Chile, Sede
>
>Provincial Osorno
>
>Instituto de Politica y Economica
>
>Instituto Del Medio Ambiente
>
>Instituto Rio Colorado
>
>Instituto de Ecologica Politica
>
>Jacha Marka Aru, Aymaras Residentes en Santiago
>
>JUNDEP
>
>Junta de Vecinos Nuevos Horizonte, San Javier
>
>Liga De Protection Al Caballo
>
>LIMPAL, Liga Internacional de Mujeres por La Paz
>
>Lipchutz
>
>Mapu Quke Kimce Wejiq, Temuco
>
>Movilh
>
>Novena Escuela, Grupo de Personas en Pro de un
>
> Desarollo Observatorioo de Conflictos Ambientales
>
>OPDECH, Oficina Promotora del Desarollo Chilote, Chonchi
>
>Pacha Aru, Com. Cult. Aymara para el Desarrollo Andino, Noca
>
>Pachamama, Coronel
>
>Plan Austral S.A., Puerto Monit
>
>PRIES Cono Sur
>
>PROMAS, Corporacion Pro Medio Ambiente del
>
>Sur de CHile
>
>Purranque, Osorno
>
>QUERQUM
>
>Radio Nuevo Mundo
>
>RECHIP, Valparaiso
>
>RENACE
>
>Revista Punto Final
>
>Revista Reflexion y Liberacion
>
>RIMA, Red informativo del Movimiento Animal
>
>Ser Concepcion
>
>Serpaj, Servicio De Paz y Justicia
>
>Servicio Chileno Cuaquero
>
>SINAMI
>
>Sindicato Centec, Temuco
>
>Sindicato Ventanas - ENAMI
>
>Sociedad Chilena de Economica Politica (SOCHEP)
>
>Sociedad de Vida Silvestre de Chile, Temuco
>
>Sociedad Mapuche Newen, Temuco
>
>Sustenable, Viqa del Mar
>
>Taller PIRET
>
>Taller Andino Americano
>
>Taller de Ecologia de Ical, Instituto de Ciencias Alejandro
>
>TECA,
>
>Taller de Educacion y Capacitacion Ambiental
>
>TEKHNE, Centro de Experimentacion y Capacitacion Tecnologica Temuco
>
>Themohue, Universidad de Concepcion, Chillan
>
>Themohue Universidad - Chillan
>
>Tierra Viva
>
>Union Comunal Juntas de Vecinos, Valparaiso
>
>Vida Magallanica, Punta Arenas
>
>
>
>
>MEXICO
>
>
>Alianza Civica de Coahuila
>
>Alianza Magisterial "27 de Agosto"
>
>Asesoria Juridicional Laboral
>
>Central Independiente de Obreros Agricolas y Campesinos (CIOAC)
>
>Centro de Estudios de Fronteras y Chicanos, A.C.
>
>Centro de Formacion para Trabajadores en Morelos
>
>Centro de Informacion Laboral y Asesoria Sindical, A.C. (CILAS)
>
>Centro Nacional de Comunicacion Social (CENCOS)
>
>Centro Social Obrero de Nuevo Leon
>
>Comision Mexicana de Defensa y Promocion de
>
> los Derechos Humanos (CMDPDH)
>
>Consejo Guerrerense 500 Aqos de Resistencia Indigena
>
>Cooperativa "Martires de Cananea"
>
>Cooperativa de Muebles "La Villa"
>
>Cooperativa de Produccion "La Alborada"
>
>Coordinadora Unitaria de Consumidores
>
>Equipo Pueblo
>
>Factor X (Tijuana)
>
>Federacion de Sincicatos Autenticos de Guanajuato
>
>Frente Autentico del Trabajo (FAT)
>
>Frente Obrero Campesino y Popular
>
>Frente Popular Emiliano Zapata
>
>Fronteras Comunes
>
>Grupo de Estudios Ambientales
>
>Movimiento Ciudadano por la Democracia (MCD)
>
>Mujer a Mujer
>
>Pacto de Grupos Ecologistas
>
>Secretariado Social Mexicano
>
>Servicios Informativos Procesados (SIPRO)
>
>Sindicato "Ignacio Allende" de la Industria del Calzado
>
>Sindicato Industrial "Belisario Dominguez" de la Industria Textil
>
>Sindicato Industrial Excelsior
>
>Sindicato Industrial de Trabajadores del Pan
>
>Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de Impulsora Mexicana de
>
> Telecomunicaciones (SINATIMTEL)
>
>Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Industria del Hierro y del Acero
>
>Sindicato "Primero de Mayo" de la Industria de la Construccion
>
>Sindicato "Ricardo Flores Magon" de la Industria del Hule
>
>Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Industria Metalica y Similares
>
>Sindicato de Trabajadores del Transporte Urbano
>
>Sindicato Unico de Trabajadores del la Secretaria del Medio
>
> Ambiente, Recursos Naturales y Pesco
>
>Sindicato "15 de Agosto" de la Industria del Vestido
>
>Union Cooperativa Independiente
>
>Union de Cooperativas del Estado de Tlaxcala
>
>Union de Ejidos del Distrito Jimenez
>
>Union de Productores de Vidrio
>
>
>
>UNITED STATES
>
>
>LABOR
>
>Alabama AFL-CIO
>
>International Brotherhood of Teamsters
>
>International Labor Rights Fund
>
>International Union of Food Workers--North America
>
>International Union of Electrical, Salaried,
>
> Machine and Furniture Workers
>
>Laborers' International Union of North America
>
>Labor Notes
>
>Midwest Center for Labor Research
>
>Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union
>
>Pittsburgh Labor Action Network of the
>
> Americas (PLANTA)
>
>Southwest Public Workers Union
>
>Texas AFL-CIO
>
>United Auto Workers
>
>United Electrical, Radio, and Machine
>
> Workers of America, UE
>
>United Needletrades, Industrial and
>
> Textile Employees (UNITE!)
>
>
>ENVIRONMENTAL
>
>Conversion for Reclaiming Earth in the Americas (CREA)
>
>Friends of the Earth
>
>Pesticide Action Network, North America
>
>Rainforest Action Network
>
>Sierra Club
>
>
>CONSUMER
>
>Citizen Action on Long Island
>
>National Consumers League
>
>Public Citizen
>
>Pure Food Campaign
>
>
>AGRICULTURE
>
>Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
>
>National Family Farm Coalition
>
>National Farmers Union
>
>Prairie Fire Rural Action
>
>Rural Coalition
>
>
>RELIGIOUS
>
>Center for Concern
>
>Eighth Day Center for Justice, Chicago
>
>Maryknoll, Justice and Peace Office
>
>Priests of the Sacred Heart--JPIC office
>
>United Methodist Church--General Board
>
>of Church and Society
>
>Church Women United
>
>Witness for Peace
>
>
>ANIMAL WELFARE
>
>Animal Welfare Institute
>
>Doris Day Animal League
>
>Society for Animal Protective Legislation
>
>
>POLICY
>
>Council on International and Public Affairs
>
>Development GAP
>
>Economics Working Group
>
>Global Exchange
>
>Government Accountability Project
>
>Institute for Food and Development Policy
>
>Institute for Policy Studies, Global
>
> Economy Project
>
>International Forum on Globalization
>
>
>CITIZENS
>
>Americans for Democratic Action
>
>Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
>
>Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras
>
>Highlander Research and Education Center
>
>Illinois Fair Trade Campaign
>
>Independent Voters of Illinois--Independent
>
>Precinct Organization
>
>Inter-Hemispheric Resource Center
>
>Long Island Progressive Coalition
>
>Minnesota Fair Trade Campaign
>
>New York Fair Trade Campaign
>
>Project South--Institute for the Elimination
>
> of Poverty and Genocide
>
>Research and Education Project of Long Island
>
>Results
>
>Southeast Regional Economic Justice Network
>
>Southwest Network for Environmental and
>
>Economic Justice
>
>Southwest Organizing Project
>
>Tennessee Industrial Renewal Network
>
>The Women's Office, Chicago
>
>Wisconsin Fair Trade Campaign
>
>
>
>CANADA
>
>
>Action Victoria
>
>Action Canada Network--PEI
>
>Action Nova Scotia
>
>Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television
>
> and Radio Artists (ACTRA)
>
>Alternative North
>
>Assembly of First Nations
>
>Canadian Auto Workers
>
>Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
>
>Canadian Federation of Students
>
>Canadian Peace Alliance
>
>Canadian Environmental Law Association
>
>Canadian Labour Congress
>
>Canadian Union of Public Employees
>
>CHOICES Manioba: a coalition for social justice
>
>Communication, Energy and Paperworks Union
>
>Common Front (Alberta)
>
>Congress of Union Retirees of Canada
>
>Canadian Union of Public Employees
>
>Canadian Union of Postal Workers
>
>CUSO
>
>Confederation of Canadian Unions
>
>Confederation des syndicats nationaux
>
>Ecumenical Coalition for Economic Justice
>
>Fredericton Coalition for Social Justice
>
>Graphic Communications International Union
>
>InterPares
>
>Latin American Working Group
>
>National Action Committee on the Status of Women
>
>National Anti-Poverty Organization
>
>National Federation of Nursers' Unions
>
>National Farmers Union
>
>National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation
>
>National Union of Provincial and General Employees
>
>Newfoundland Coalition for Equality
>
>Ontario Coalition for Social Justice
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>Oxfam Canada
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>Public Service Alliance of Canada
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>Rural Dignity
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>Saskatchewan Coalition for Social Justice
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>Solidarite Populaire Quebec
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>Transportation-Communications International Union
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>United Church
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>United Fishermen and Allied Workers' Union
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>United Steelworkers of America
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>United Food and Commercial Workers
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>Voice for Women
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__________________________________________________________________________ "Political rights do not originate in parliaments; they are rather forced upon them from without. And even their enactment into law has for a long time been no guarantee of their security. They do not exist because they have been legally set down on a piece of paper, but only when they have become the ingrown habit of a people, and when any attempt to impair them will meet with the violent resistance of the populace."

--Rudolf Rocker "Anarcho-Syndicalism", 1938 (Pluto Press, London, 1989) __________________________________________________________________________

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