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June 23, 2005

White House Pressuring LULAC to Reverse CAFTA Position

Was passed this interesting story from a high level unnamed source:  Last year, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), one of the largest and generally more conservative latino groups, joined the anti-CAFTA forces with a strong resolution at its national conference criticizing the labor and environmental provisions of CAFTA and declaring the trade deal unacceptable. 

But apparently its corporate donors and the White House have been pressuring the national leadership to reverse its position.   The leadership has decided to revote on the issue although they haven't scheduled a vote yet.  A number of members of Congress have written to LULAC to urge them to maintain their anti-CAFTA stand.  The President of LULAC, Hector Flores, was apparently pissed at staff for leaking the potential shift in position, which is rumored to be tied to a political appointment for Flores by President Bush if LULAC switches its position.

A switch by LULAC would be a major loss for anti-CAFTA forces, especially now when the vote is likely to be so close (the reason no doubt for the heavy White House pressure on LULAC). 

If your concerned about White House pressure against grassroots groups, a polite email dropped to Hector Flores would no doubt be useful at this time.

Posted by Nathan at June 23, 2005 12:36 PM