April 17, 2009


Dear friends:

The Canadian Parliament is about to consider ratification of a “free trade” agreement with Colombia. The text of the agreement is nearly identical to the US-Colombia trade agreement and would have the same kinds of disastrous consequences for millions of Colombians.

We in the Mingas collective are in the midst of a campaign to convince the Canadian Parliament to reject the agreement. The Mingas collective is a group of individuals from across the United States, Canada and Colombia who are concerned with promoting sovereignty and economic
development, strengthening democracy and improving labor conditions in Colombia. We are integrated within the Hemispheric Social Alliance and are active in North America, where we work in coordination with the Washington-based Alliance for Responsible Trade.

We are united in our support for social movements and our rejection of terrorism, kidnappings, extortion and all acts of violence that have plagued Colombia. We are also unanimous in our rejection of the Canadian-Colombia free trade agreement and the entire neoliberal model of economic (mis)development.

We are especially concerned that the Colombian government is trying to pull off this deal with Canada as a form of moral and political blessing for the Uribe administration, so as to improve its chances of getting the US-Colombia FTA approved.

The Mingas collective is sending a letter to the Canadian Parliament, and we would like to ask you to join us in signing it, and to circulate it. Read and sign the letter here:

We are very grateful for your support.


The Mingas collective

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