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(en) US, Baltimore, Mid-Atlantic Consulta to Shut Down the FTAA - Nov 7-8 in Baltimore

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Date Wed, 29 Oct 2003 16:45:13 +0100 (CET)

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BACKGROUND: This November 19-21, The so-called "leaders" of every country in this
hemisphere, excluding Cuba, will meet in Miami to discuss the Free Trade Area of the
Americas (FTAA). The FTAA is a trade agreement that extends NAFTA to 31 more countries.
The FTAA gives corporations and large business the right and ability to undercut local
businesses all over the hemisphere, puts human rights below the rights of corporations,
lessens corporate accountability, gives corporations the ability to sue governments for
setting up "barriers to trade" (even if that country's population backs those
"barriers", which can include human rights and environmental laws), and simply
brings profit and gain to the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor and
working sectors of the population.

We stand firmly opposed to any policy, plan, agreement, treaty, or
other program that exploits the poor on behalf of a few people in high
positions of power. The FTAA will only benefit the corporations,
politicians, and the handful of elite who are backing it. The FTAA is
largely opposed by working people all over the hemisphere who
realize it's true and underlying meaning; To establish hemispheric
corporate dominance over almost every sector of production and
services, including water and energy.

For information about the FTAA, please visit the links at the bottom
of this text.


We want and intend to SHUT DOWN these meetings. On November
7th and 8th, we will be hosting a Mid-Atlantic Consulta to Shut Down
the FTAA in or around Baltimore, MD. This consulta will consist of
large meetings discussing direct action, civil disobedience, and
general logistical and organizational information concerning the
protests of the 8th Ministerial of the FTAA in Miami this November.

We invite and URGE affinity groups, organizers, action groups, and
other interested parties from east coast cities (and neighboring
cities) to attend this meeting.

This will be one of many consultas that have already occurred or are
planned. Louisville, Pittsburgh, Denver, and Chicago, San Francisco
have already hosted consultas, with New Haven and Gainesville
hosting consultas in the future. These simply serve as organizing
bases for folks traveling to Miami in November to join with tens of
thousands of others in protesting this meeting and offering our
alternatives to hemispheric undemocratic systems. See FTAA IMC
for more info on the other consultas that have occurred, including


When you register, we will provide you with more specific details
about location and times of the consulta. We will provide housing for
everyone who attends, and provide hot food as well. Please fill out the
form on www.maconsulta.cjb.net indicating how many people will be
coming, if you will need housing and for how long, and any other
important information. If the form does not work for you, email us at

This meeting will be a "vouched-for" meeting, so you should come
prepared to explain what group you represent and how you heard
about the call. This is for security purposes only, as we would prefer
to meet in an environment where we can feel comfortable talking with
each other and vocalizing our ideas and preferences.

If you have any questions please email maconsulta@ziplip.com

For further info see:


FTAA Resistance
FTAA Indymedia Latin American solidarity
Pittsburgh Organizing Group

NO FTAA Towson
Baltimore CAGE
DC IndyMedia
Baltimore IndyMedia

See also:

Link: http://www.maconsulta.cjb.net

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