Nuestro Mundo No Está en Venta: Campesinos In Ecuador Confront The FTAA
Nuestro Mundo No Está en Venta:
Campesinos In Ecuador Confront The Free Trade Area Of The Americas
A Report From The Frontlines With Justin Ruben & Leila Salazar
Thurs. Oct. 3, 8 p.m.
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$5 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds. Benefit for the SF Independent Media Center and the Bay Area Social Forum.
On October 31, the 7th summit of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (the FTAA) will take place in Ecuador. As the youth of North America don witch and cowboy costumes, a far scarier bunch of middle-aged men, dressed up like corporate executives, will be converging on the capital city of Quito. 34 foreign ministers and secretaries of state from across the Americas are coming to Quito to negotiate the FTAA.
The leaders of Ecuador's powerful social movements argue that the FTAA represents a death sentence for small farmers, indigenous cultures, local food systems, and the environment, that it will give unprecedented power to major corporations and investors, exacerbating poverty and insecurity, and causing widespread ecological disaster.
The meeting in Quito is critical, because the FTAA's backers are hoping that major portions of the agreement will be finalized here. But people here in Ecuador have other ideas. Tens of thousands of campesinos (small farmers), indigenous people, trade unionists, students, and other groups are mobilizing to non-violently surround the summit, reject the FTAA, and, if possible, stop the negotiations. And thousands of people from Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, and other countries, are coming to join in.
Justin Ruben spent the summer in Quito, working with Campesino groups who are mobilizing against the FTAA.
Leila Salazar of Amazon Watch is involved in the international mobilization that will take place around this meeting.
Against a backdrop of images and multimedia from the mobilization, they will discuss:
- The devastating impacts of 20 years of "free market" neoliberal policies on the Ecuadorian people
- The amazing history of resistance to neoliberalism in Ecuador
- How civil society in Ecuador is mobilizing against the FTAA summit, and how this ORIGINAL "antiglobalization" movement is linking up with the global justice movement(s) in North America and Europe
- Why this is a critical moment in the effort to build a continental movement for justice and sustainability and what is planned in the Bay Area - Oct 27: Bay Area Social Forum and Oct 28: Festival & Nonviolent Direct Action.