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Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 15:02:45 -0800
Subject: M-NEWS: MAI debate -- Feb 24, S.F.

FRANCISCO.  There will be an activist strategy meeting beforehand at 5:30 at
the same location (CA PUC Building, 505 Van Ness).  Call/email me if you want
hard copies of the below flyer and or additional info on the MAI.  Thanks!!

Join us in a public debate on

The MAI:  A Bill of Rights for Corporations?

"We are writing the constitution of a single, global economy." 
Renato Ruggiero, Director General of the World Trade Organization

"The MAI is NAFTA on steroids."
Lori Wallach, Public Citizen Global Trade Watch

The Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) is a new and highly
controversial international economic agreement based on NAFTA. MAI  is
designed to make it easier for corporations to move around the globe. Should
the United States rush headlong into another global economic agreement that
grants corporations new rights and prevents local and state governments from
passing laws that protect workers, local businesses, consumers, human rights
and the environment if such laws are in conflict with the interests of
foreign investors?  

Hear what MAI supporters and critics have to say at a free public debate.

Tuesday, February 24, 1998  7:00 p.m.
California PUC Building, 505 Van Ness (-AT- McAllister)
moderated by Assemblyman Kevin Shelley

 Lori Wallach, Director , Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch
 Jack Beebe, Chief Economist, San Francisco Federal Reserve (invited)
 Dan Seligman, Senior Trade Fellow, Sierra Club
 Representative of Clinton Admin.'s MAI Negotiating Team (invited)
 Antonia Juhasz, Project Coordinator, Preamble Center for Public Policy

This is one debate YOU don't want to be left out of!

Sponsored by:  PREAMBLE CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY with Public Citizen, the
California Fair Trade Campaign, Sierra Club,  Assemblyman Kevin Shelley, CA
Senator John Burton, SF Labor Council, California Labor Federation,
Supervisor Tom Ammiano, Rainforest Action Network, International Forum on
Globalization, Penninsula Peace & Justice Center, SF Alliance for Democracy,
SF Citizens for Tax Justice, SAGE, Western Hemisphere Workers Conference
Continuations Committee, CA Peace & Freedom Party, NICCA, International
Center for Peace & Justice, Committee for International Support for Trade
Union Rights, SF Green Party, California League of Conservation Voters,
Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First!, National Lawyers
Guild, Global Exchange, , Bay Area 50 Years is Enough, SF Democratic
Socialists of America,  Board of Human Rights Advocates, Overseas Development
Network, TRAC, SF WILPF.

for more information contact Juliette Beck 415-986-3585 x 231.


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