Take Action: Plan Mexico: Another Trade and WarConnection in The Americas

From: Natalia Cardona
Peacebuilding Unit
Latin America & Caribbean Program
American Friends Service Committee
Philadelphia, PA
19102

ANOTHER TRADE AND WAR CONNECTION IN THE AMERICAS
The Americas Policy Program has put together and excellent Primer on Plan Mexico. The report written by Laura Carlsen puts forward detailed analysis regarding the policy, its background and what needs to change. This policy as part of the expansion of NAFTA is a clear connection to what we have been talking about for the past few years on this site, mainly that trade and war are companion policies. Just as Plan Colombia is a failed policy which is now accompanied by an unjust trade agreement so are Plan Mexico and the expansion of NAFTA. Click here to read a summary of the Primer and link to the entire document.

URGENT ACTION: NO MORE FUNDING FOR WAR!
Congress is preparing to vote on the Iraq Supplemental. The vote is scheduled for next Thursday (May 15, 2008). A new drug war policy known as the Merida Initiative is being put forward as part of this package. The policy nicknamed Plan Mexico for its similarities to Plan Colombia will provide $1.4 billion to the corrupt Mexican military, its police and U.S. contractors. It will also significantly increase military aid to Central America. This initiative is part and parcel of NAFTA expansion and is based on the same failed drug war model that Plan Colombia was built on. While Mexico is not a country at war there are certain lessons that can be learnt from the failures of Plan Colombia. We encourage you to call on your representatives and tell them to stop funding for this fatal policy. Click here to make your voice heard. Click here to make your voice heard.

JOIN ONE OF THESE DELEGATIONS TO COLOMBIA

A Raw Trade, June 12-23, Application Deadline: May 19
Join Witness for Peace and visit farmers and union leaders who are resisting this trade agreement, see the impact of U.S supported fumigations, and plan actions in solidarity with Colombians. Click here for more about this delegation.

Building Justice Across Borders, August 2-16, Application Deadline: June 20. Join the Fellowship of Reconciliation on a powerful delegation to visit communities and organizations that struggle for the right to say no to armed conflict and are creating peace and justice from the grassroots up. Click here for more about this delegation.

Natalia Cardona
Peacebuilding Unit
Latin America & Caribbean Program
American Friends Service Committee
Philadelphia, PA
19102
Tel: (215) 241-7162
Fax: (215) 241-7177
www.afsc.org/colombia
www.tradeandwar.org

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