Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 15:02:45 -0800 Subject: M-NEWS: MAI debate -- Feb 24, S.F. PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD RE THE FEB. 24 MAI PUBLIC DEBATE IN SAN 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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