Monday, July 11, 2011

Arrest at Colombia trade deal protest at White House today

A protest against the proposed trade deal with Colombia is going on right now. (Chances aren't great you'll read about it in the mainstream media, so we'll rely on twitter to keep us apprised.)

We probably don't need to tell you why another job-killing trade deal is a horrible idea, but we will note that Colombia is the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist.

Here's what's been going on at the White House, thanks to the twittersphere:
@foe_us: Noon today: join us in Lafayette Park to demand fair trade, not free trade!

@royhouseman: Columbia #FTA protest. Bad trade deal in country that has most trade unionist killed

@toe_us: Fair trade not free trade! Down down down with #FTA!
We learn a Colombian trade unionist spoke against the deal:
@royhouseman: Columbian trade unionist president opposing #FTA
@lazarus0530 agreed! Currently hearing about priest who witnessed murder of trade unionist in Columbia. No #FTA
And that mock coffins are being carried and lined up outside the White House:
@Karlwitak: Procession beginning for civil disobedience at White House opposing Colombia Free Trade Agreement.#dc #fta
@royhouseman: Single file line with coffins leading in opposing the Columbia #FTA listing of union members killed from 2010
@matthewstoller: Outside the White House people are holding mock coffins in protest of the pending Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
@Karlwitak: Laying of 51 coffins in front of white House to symbolize the 51 murders last year of unionists in Colombia. most in world #dc #fta
The Washington Peace Center is there: 
@WashPeaceCtr: Colombia FTA protest happening now!
Ruh-roh: Now the arrest

You can call your representatives in Congress (to tell them to vote against this heinous deal) by going here.