Stop the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
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Stop the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

    1. Sponsored by

      Latin America Working Group

Momentum is building fast in Washington to approve the Free Trade Agreement with Colombia. 

We cannot let this unfair agreement move forward. President Obama must not consider it until there are major improvements in human rights and labor conditions in Colombia. 

A fair and humane trade agreement cannot be implemented in an environment in which union leaders are assassinated, the land rights of indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities and small-scale farmers are consistently undermined, and millions of people have been violently robbed of their homes.

Colombia is still the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist. Colombian labor law doesn’t respect even minimum international labor standards, and the laws that are in place are not effectively enforced. When President Obama spoke during his campaign in 2008, he promised to not support a FTA with Colombia until conditions improved. They haven’t. There were 52 trade unionists killed the year he made his promise and 51 killed in 2010. Now we must hold him to his word.

Colombia now endures the largest displacement crisis in the world, even greater than that of Sudan, with 5.2 million people living in desperate conditions after being violently evicted from their lands. This agreement would encourage more large-scale agricultural, mining and other resource extraction projects that would push many Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities off their ancestral lands and into greater poverty. As for Colombia’s small-scale farmers still living on their lands, experience with similar agreements such as NAFTA has taught us that the unjust agricultural provisions of this trade agreement will make it even harder for these already struggling families to produce enough to survive.

Given the new makeup of Congress, if this agreement is considered, it will be a tough fight to keep it from passing. So we need to stop it in its tracks. And we need to do it now.

Act today and sign this petition to ask President Obama to say no to the Free Trade Agreement with Colombia.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. United Steelworkers Joins Colombian Unions in Opposition to Proposed FTA

    2. U.S.-Colombia Deal on Labor Rights Met with Skepticism

    3. The AFL-CIO calls Columbia “the most deadly nation in the world in which to be a trade unionist.”

    4. The White House just announced its intention to move forward with the trade agreement in thinking that with an "action plan for labor rights" everything will be fixed, but we know that's not good enough! We have to keep speaking out!

    5. U.S. Congressmen and NGOs Tell President Obama: Colombia Must Take Concrete Steps To Improve Human Rights Before Considering the FTA

    6. The UK has "serious wide-ranging human rights concerns" about Columbia

    7. Colombia Willing to Strengthen Labor Rules in U.S. Trade Pact, Santos Says

    8. US officials say the trade agreement is still progressing forward

    9. Levin: Major changes needed before Colombia trade pact can proceed

    10. Geithner presses for Colombian trade deal

    11. Reached 10 signatures
    12. Ian Fletcher looks at free trade agreements impacts on the US labor market

    13. Reached 9 signatures
    14. GOP moves to block appointment of new Commerce Secretary until the free-trade agreement is signed:

    15. Reached 8 signatures
    16. House subcommittee holds hearing on Colombia Free Trade Agreement

    17. Reached 7 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Craig Hunter DENTON, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      I just returned from two weeks in Columbia, meeting with local organizations, peasants, and officials from our embassy there. My recent experience makes the issue very personal for me, I have met with people who live in fear, who have lost loved ones to violence sponsored by the state and by various paramilitaries, and who have suffered from economic injustice. The FTA would sanction and exacerbate policies that oppress the poor and would further alienate them from the United States. Such an agreement does not reflect the values of our country. Please do the just thing and say no this agreement.

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    • Mandy Osipchuk FT PIECE, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      If these trade deals go through, then there will be no middle class. Only rich and poverty. This is not what my grandfather fought for in ww2. He fought for his family and the family of America. Not a few companies and there profits reports.

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    • janet alexander OLD TOWN, ME
      • about 3 years ago

      This is insane! Do not ship jobs overseas for the benefit of multinational corporations.

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    • Dennis Ingham MARENISCO, MI
      • about 3 years ago

      Columbia has the most displaced/refugee in the world.

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    • Sherletta McCaskill IRVINGTON, NJ
      • about 3 years ago

      President Obama,

      You have the obligation to lead the world in labor and economic justice. The poor of Columbia have no lobbyist in Washington or their own Capitol. Thousands have been murdered in the name of profits. Millions more live in fear of speaking up for themselves in order to provide a decent life for their families. In this country, workers are being left behind and the dream of equity for honest labor is dying. Do not sign this agreement as it is patently unfair and anti-democratic. Lead Mr. President, and hold multinationals accountable to the people upon whose labor they enrich themselves.

      Sherletta McCaskill

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