FTAA--Why It Is Important To Protest
Black World Today
FTAA: Why It Is Important
To Protest... And Why Protests Are Not Enough
By Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Article Dated 4/14/2001
On the weekend of April
21-22, thousands of activists are expected to gather in Quebec City (Quebec,
Canada) as a further expression of the anti-globalization movement sweeping
the world. In this case they will be gathering to protest governmental
discussions aimed at expanding the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA) into a Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA).
The irony of having such
a discussion in a province, which has been a hotbed of struggles for greater
sovereignty, cannot be lost on anyone. The issue of sovereignty, however,
goes far and beyond the Quebec national question. It speaks to the potential
rearrangement of politics and economics in the Western Hemisphere.
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