Shut down the Seattle NAFTA meeting this Thursday!


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

Seattle Waterfront

Here are the fliers and posters for the protest:

posters (.jpg and .pdf):

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

0800-0815:          Welcome

  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

0815-0845:          Opening

   Christopher Sands

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute and Western Washington University’s Border Policy

Research Institute, Washington DC

0845-0930:          Keynote

  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

Industry Association

(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

 1215-1400:        Lunch

                               Colin Robertson,  Senior Strategic Advisor, McKenna, Long and Aldridge,

Ottawa, Ont