Alert: TPP Negotiations

Alert: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are holding closed-door meetings in Australia this week and next. President Barack Obama wants to announce a TPP deal when he’s in Asia for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in mid-November. So U.S. negotiators are looking to finalize the 12-country deal despite mounting evidence that this dangerous corporate[…]

Rural Repression: The Cruel Insanity of Obama’s Agriculture Export Plan

by HEATHER GRAY Counterpunch article from February, 2010. When President Barrack Obama stated in his recent State of the Union address that one avenue to advance the economy was to increase U.S. agricultural exports, I cringed.  Right out of Milton Friedman, export agriculture is the neo-liberal free market capitalist approach to agriculture that, if anything,[…]

Press Statement From The World Meeting of Popular Movements

October 27th, 28th, and 29th

In conjunction with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and with the express support of Pope Francis, a variety of movements representing those who are most disadvantaged and most excluded from society are taking the lead in organising the World Meeting of Popular Movements, which will be held in Rome from October 27th to 29th.

We are very glad of this unique occasion to give visibility to the excluded and to let their voices be heard within the Vatican itself. We are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for this opportunity, which is one more demonstration of his constant accompaniment and closeness – not only to those of us who suffer injustice but also to those among us who are uniting to struggle against it.

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From Des Moines to Washington

Rosalinda Guillen, Executive Director of Community to Community,  joined us in Washington DC today after being a recipient of the Food Sovereignty Prize, awarded by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance, in Des Moines, Iowa just last week. Ms. Guillen spoke at the National Food Day Food Justice Panel, co-sponsored by the Food Chain Workers Alliance .   The panel also[…]

World Trade Organization Rules Against Popular U.S. Country-of-Origin Meat Labels on Which Consumers Rely

Compliance Panel Says U.S. Policy Still Violates WTO Despite Changes Made to Comply With 2012 WTO Order; U.S. Should Not Change COOL Policy NOTE: Public Citizen will hold a press briefing about this ruling on the morning of Thursday, October 23. Speakers will include Roger Johnson (president, National Farmers Union), Lori Wallach (director, Public Citizen’s Global[…]