SPEAK UP for trade justice

Persist in prayer and campaigning! [Luke 19:1-8]. The January 2011 Pray and Post card 'The EU's Raw Material Grab' called on the EU to "let poorer countries negotiate investment agreements in line with their social, economic and environmental needs".

Well, the EU is continuing to aggressively push a trade liberalisation agenda, giving African, Carribean and Pacific countries an ultimatum on signing European Partnership Agreements ('EPAs'). EPAs could seriously threaten fledgling local industries in these countries, as well as reducing their governments' capacities to regulate corporate activity and protect the environment.  There's a lot of jargon, but basically this is way to give voice to the voiceless and help ensure the poorest are protected - read Traidcraft's info here and then write to your MEP before they vote on it next month!