NAFTA Needs Reboot But For People, Not Corporations
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FEATURING TOBITA CHOW – During his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump railed against the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), blaming it for hurting American workers. He said, “Our jobs have fled to Mexico and other places. I am going to renegotiate with NAFTA and if we can’t make a good deal, we’ll make a new deal.” He also called NAFTA, “a total disaster” and “one of the worst deals ever.”
But just a few months into his term, Trump, upon realizing the complexity of undoing a 23-year old agreement between the US, Mexico, and Canada, backtracked and said rather than terminating, he was now going to “renegotiate” NAFTA. Dozens of top corporate CEOs in late May sent Trump a letter urging him to restrict his interference to an “update” of the trade agreement and to do it swiftly in order to minimize uncertainty in markets. Indeed most members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, are happy to see NAFTA remain untouched.
But what about ordinary Americans?
Tobita Chow, chair of The People’s Lobby, an independent political organization and an affiliate of People’s Action based in Chicago, IL. He organizes a task force working towards a Global Minimum Wage and is co-founder of the “Moral Mondays Illinois” campaign against state budget cuts. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.