Diplomats and lobbyists from the U.S., Canada and Mexico are converging in Seattle this week for the “North America in the Global Economy” forum, organized by the local Canadian consulate. This forum is a celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and a discussion of NAFTA’s future.
The Zapatistas famously described NAFTA as “a death sentence for the indigenous people of Mexico”—and they have been resisting ever since. The City of Seattle may have renamed “Columbus Day” as Indigenous Peoples Day, but capitalists still think they can meet in this city to plan the continued colonization and exploitation of Turtle Island. We call on all concerned people to come early Thursday and disrupt the meeting.
Food Not Bombs and coffee will be there.
Picket 7 am to 2 pm
Thursday October 23rd
2200 Alaskan Way
Here are the fliers and posters for the protest:
quarter sheets (.pdf):
Here’s the meeting’s program:
North America in the Global Economy: Cooperation Maximizing Competitiveness
Join the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle, in partnership with the Consulate of Mexico and U.S. Department of Commerce, for a half-day forum noting the success of the North American Free Trade Agreement 20 years after its adoption and highlighting some key opportunities where Canada, the U.S. and Mexico can work together to strengthen the competitive position of the North American economic block in the coming years.
0730-0800: Registration – Coffee
Edith St-Hilaire, Acting Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in Seattle
Eduardo Baca Cuenca, Consul, Consulate of Mexico in Seattle
Bob Deane, International Trade Specialist, United States Department of Commerce
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute and Western Washington University’s Border Policy
Research Institute, Washington DC
Michael K. Young
President, University of Washington
Introduction by Professor Don Alper, Director,Border Policy Research Institute and
Center for Canadian-American Studies, Western Washington University
0930-1045: Creating the North American economic region – what’s next?
Kenneth Smith Ramos, Director of the Trade and NAFTA Office at the Embassy
of Mexico, Washington DC
Steve Gerritson, Chair, Washington CleanTech Alliance
Robert Uptagrafft, Executive Director, Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance
Patti Brooke, Vice President of Government Affairs, Washington Technology
(1045-1100: Health Break)
1100-1215: North America: Energy Exporter and Clean Energy Innovator
Barbara O’Neill, Manager, Transmission & Grid Integration at National Renewable
Energy, Denver, CO
Francis Bradley, Vice President of Policy Development, Canadian Electricity
Association, Ottawa, Ont
PEMEX representative – TBC
Colin Robertson, Senior Strategic Advisor, McKenna, Long and Aldridge,