The Price of NAFTA

The Price of NAFTA

Donald Trump is a longtime critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has announced plans to renegotiate it. Reforming or abolishing NAFTA has also long been a goal of the trade justice movement. But given Trump’s pro-fossil fuel,...
A Wake-Up Call For Trump’s Trade Agenda

A Wake-Up Call For Trump’s Trade Agenda

This week, labor, environmental, religious and other groups, representing over 180 million people from around the world, sent a letter to a corporate mining CEO — a letter that is also a wake-up call for President Trump’s trade agenda. The letter highlights the...
Trump’s Bad Deal on Trade

Trump’s Bad Deal on Trade

Candidate Donald Trump promised to renegotiate free trade agreements that hurt American workers. In his first week in office, he made good on that promise by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade pact negotiated by the Obama administration. Yet...
The Great Donald Trump Confidence Trick: Symbolism Over Substance

The Great Donald Trump Confidence Trick: Symbolism Over Substance

Donald Trump promised to do a lot of things on day one of his presidency. Instead, he spent his first full day in office at the CIA, trying to impress a roomful of intelligence officers by bragging about how many Time magazine covers he’s been on. “Is Donald Trump an...
Why We Need to Worry about Wilbur Ross

Why We Need to Worry about Wilbur Ross

Billionaire Wilbur Ross, the Donald Trump adviser who may well become our next U.S. secretary of commerce, loudly opposes NAFTA and other trade pacts that ship U.S. jobs abroad. Does that opposition make Wilbur Ross a corporate good guy? Not quite. Wilbur Ross has...
El Salvador Ruling Offers a Reminder of Why the TPP Must Be Defeated

El Salvador Ruling Offers a Reminder of Why the TPP Must Be Defeated

 If you needed one more reason to take sides in the last great fight of the Obama years, that of the corporate giveaway package known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), here it is. Last week, the tribunal at the center of the proposed TPP ruled against a global...
Free Trade’s Regulatory Chilling Effects

Free Trade’s Regulatory Chilling Effects

Since 2009, the year the United States government officially decided to participate in the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, have gone out of their way to tout the trade pact as “the most progressive trade deal...
Clinton’s Surprising Debate Stumble on Trade

Clinton’s Surprising Debate Stumble on Trade

In her first debate with Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton delivered one of her more memorable one-liners when she quipped, “I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. You know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president.” Debate rules be...
The Debate’s Top Five Inequality Moments

The Debate’s Top Five Inequality Moments

White House hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hold radically different ideas on how to create an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthiest among us. These differences were on full display Monday night as Presidential debate moderator Lester Holt...

Statement on Donald Trump’s Visit to Mexico

Manuel Perez-Rocha said today that Mexican President “Peña Nieto is opening the doors of Mexico to a xenophobe he once compared to Hitler. Trump has vilified Mexicans and continues promising a wall between our countries. By doing this, Peña Nieto demonstrates how weak...
Betting the Farm on Free Trade

Betting the Farm on Free Trade

From her home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Karen Feridun is helping stage a growing citizen pushback against the expansion of natural gas extraction. But a far-reaching global deal recently signed halfway around the world may make her job much harder. Feridun got...
In the Keystone Suit, It’s Big Oil vs. Democracy

In the Keystone Suit, It’s Big Oil vs. Democracy

A few years back, I was one of the hundreds of climate activists arrested while protesting the Keystone XL pipeline outside the White House. So when the president finally pulled the plug on the project last November, it felt like a huge victory — symbolic, maybe, but...