RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE PERU FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (FTA) 

WHEREAS, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) have led to cheap labor outsourcing, massive job loss in the United States,  and widespread challenges to U.S. environmental and public health laws;

WHEREAS, the proposed Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA) only superficially addresses labor and environmental concerns, allowing for corporate challenges in foreign tribunals where investors enjoy greater protection than the public, and leaving tremendous enforcement discretion in the hands of the Executive, both in the United States and Peru, where the Peruvian congress has yet to enact legislation to guard against retaliatory illegal firings and forced overtime in a country where almost a quarter of the population lives in extreme poverty. (International Fund for Agricultural Development);

WHEREAS, the proposed Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will encourage unfair agricultural subsidies to U.S. corporate farmers not subject to export or import taxes, threatening the existence of indigenous people in Peru, encouraging migration of undocumented  agricultural workers, exacerbating illicit drug cultivation, and pitting farmer against farmer and country against country to see who can produce food the cheapest regardless of labor or environmental standards;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP) opposes the proposed Peru Free Trade Agreement and urges the United States  Congress to refrain from adopting any new trade agreements until there is a thorough government assessment of the effects of existing free trade agreements, and until a new model for trade agreements is developed that ensures all working families, all consumers, and environment will be protected from massive outsourcing, unsafe imported toys and medicines, and challenges to laws protecting our air, food, and water,

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to the California Congressional Delegation.

Authored by: Marcy Winograd, LACDP, 41st AD

Passed by LACDP Resolutions Comm, 10/02/07

Passed by Los Angeles County Democratic Party, 10/9/2007