With the clock ticking on the legislative calendar, Congress is running out of time to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), otherwise known as NAFTA 2.0. Although there are some good provisions in the agreement, as it currently stands the new deal remains frightfully flawed. The USMCA inadequately protects and enforces worker rights, offers little advancement on environmental protection, and provides what is essentially a candy hand out to pharmaceutical companies in the form of patent exclusivity that will limit access to life-saving medicines for the global poor. If we do not want this horror story to become reality, now is the time to act!
Don’t let those creepy corporations have the last word! Tell Congress today not to pass the USMCA until it ensures access to affordable medicines, enforces just labor practices, and strengthens environmental protections.
Also! This Halloween, give Treats, not Tricks: Consider Fair-Trade chocolate!
As we advocate for a more just global trade between countries, consider your own fair-trade practices this Halloween. Although some cocoa companies have made changes to their supply chains, child labor remains a reality within the cocoa industry. The UCC has long partnered with Equal Exchange and other fair-trade companies to encourage using your purchasing power to support fair-traded and ethically sourced goods, including chocolate! Buy fair-trade chocolate mini-bars to give out on Halloween or buy wholesale to sell to members of your congregation. Order now (or plan for next year)!Click Here To Take Action