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August 31, 2003

The Next Seattle-style Protest

Mark your calendars for Nov. 21-22.

That's when it looks like the global justice protests will revive and converge on Miami to protest the Free Trade Area of the Americans trade negotiations.

See here:

The Free Trade Area of the Americas ministerial meeting in Miami Nov. 20-21 is expected to attract anywhere from 20,000 to 100,000 protesters, according to estimates from the U.S. Trade Representative's Office and the summit's Miami organizers.

Smith and her group are making plans to go to Miami on buses with a projected 10,000 people from Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast's AFL-CIO and other organizations.

"This is becoming very mainstream," Smith said. "The people protesting this don't normally protest. These are middle-aged working families concerned about jobs and public services, water, education and critical services they do not want to see privatized."

This is going to focus attention on lost jobs and how Bush is systematically ignoring labor rights and environmental violations in the trade deals he's been negotiating.

Posted by Nathan at August 31, 2003 01:43 PM