Voices from the Edge on 09/30/2010
Lies, damn lies and export statistics: A conversation about the impact of free trade agreements on our communities
President Obama recently announced plans to push through the Korea Free Trade Agreement immediately after the November election. This latest agreement is part of the president's stated goal of creating new jobs through a doubling of the nation's exports. Fair trade advocates say the Korea Free Trade Agreement is just more of the Bush-Clinton trade policy that has resulted in local job loss, erosion of environmental safeguards and the transfer of more wealth and power to Wall Street.
Jo Ann and Dave talk with Travis McArthur of Public Citizens' Global Trade Watch and co-author of Lies, Damn Lies and Export Statistics: How Corporate Lobbyists Distort Record of Flawed Trade Deals. Also joining in the conversation will be Bruce Dennis and Dave King of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign to talk about the impact of free trade on Oregon communities and local organizing efforts, including an emergency teach-in on the pending Korea Free Trade Agreement on October 7. Join us in exploring why "free" trade is anything but free.