NAFTA’s Problems

Ask Your State Legislators to Speak Out Against ISDS

Corporate lobby groups are freaking out!  They’re upset the word is finally getting out about the damage that Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) can cause to jobs, the environment and public health.

TAKE ACTION: Please write your state legislators urging them to join others speaking out against the ISDS corporate power grab.

As you may know, the United States, Mexico and Canada are currently renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  One of the proposals on the table is to remove Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions from NAFTA altogether.

Unsurprisingly, wealthy corporate interests are fighting tooth-and-nail to save this system that lets them profit at the expense of our democracy.  Among many other steps, they’ve gone so far as to air television ads in support of ISDS in Washington, DC.

The current ISDS system enables transnational corporations to challenge federal and state laws, local land use ordinances and even court decisions before arbitration panels of three corporate lawyers.  These ISDS panels can award unlimited sums of taxpayer money, including for the loss of future profits.  The corporations need only convince panelists that a law, ordinance or court ruling violates the expansive rights granted to them under NAFTA.  Their decisions are not subject to appeal.

The ISDS system threatens environmental, consumer safety and public health policies both at home and abroad.  In giving corporations new tools for undermining foregin goverments’ public interest regulations, ISDS also makes it cheaper and safer for them to outsource jobs out of the United States.

For these reasons, ISDS is opposed by a wide range of labor, environmental, family farm, civil rights, consumer, faith, small business and community organizations.

State legislators also have an important voice in this matter.  Corporate interest groups are actually trying to organize state legislators to speak out in favor of ISDS!  We need to educate our legislators on this matter, and get them voicing their opposition.

TAKE ACTION NOW:  Please ask your elected representatives to sign onto the open letter from state legislators calling for the elimination of ISDS from NAFTA.

Together, we can make a difference.

Many thanks,

Arthur Stamoulis, Executive Director

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