This alert was originally circulated by Citizen’s Trade Campaign.
This could be it. The Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and other pending trade deals could come up for a vote any day now unless our legislators really hear some resistance.
So please participate in a National Call-in Day, TODAY, Monday, July 11. Today, hundreds of people are gathering in front of the White House in a powerful demonstration calling for fair trade, not free trade. Using strong words and moving visuals they are honoring the trade unionists, community leaders and human rights defenders murdered in recent years in Colombia because they stood up for rights that will be further undermined if this FTA passes. Will you back them up today by echoing their message in a two-minute call to your members of Congress? (If you prefer, you can also take action online here.) Just follow this simple three-step process to make your call:
Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Member of Congress. If you don’t know who that is, just provide your address and the operator will automatically connect you.
Once connected, ask to speak to the aide that works on trade policy. Keep your message simple. Just say, “My name is _____. I’m calling to urge Representative ________ to take a stand for human and labor rights today by opposing the Colombia, Korea and Panama Free Trade Agreements.”
After you’ve made the call, tell us how it went through this website.
Need some motivation? Watch these videos that the U.S. Office on Colombia has made of Colombians explaining in their own words why this trade agreement will be so devastating for their lives.
And if you want to brush up on your talking points, check out our Colombia FTA resource page here. If you believe that human rights should NOT be sacrificed on the altar of free trade, we need your help to make sure the Colombia FTA and other pending trade deals do not pass! So please make your call and then get everyone you know involved in sending a strong message to Congress today.