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The election is over, but our work has just begun.

We must roll up our sleeves to reverse some of the damaging policies enacted over the past eight years. We have a chance to make real change happen. But we need your help.

We’ve have waited so long for an administration that is willing to promote an agenda for people – not corporations. Now, we have the best opportunity in a decade to put government back on the side of the people. Join us in making our “Citizens’ Agenda” a priority in 2009 and beyond so we can:

  • Put homeowners ahead of CEOs in the massive Wall Street/auto industry bailout
  • Clean up government by breaking ties between lawmakers and big corporate dollars and lobbyists
  • Boost wages, ensure import safety and protect the environment by replacing the failed NAFTA/WTO trade model
  • Create green jobs and stabilize the economy with clean, sustainable and renewable energy
  • Ensure safety of toys, pharmaceuticals and other products
  • And more (more…)

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A new film about the historic 1999 protests in Seattle against the World Trade Organization opens Friday in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Minneapolis (You can buy tickets and see the opening dates for other cities here). While director Stuart Townsend’s film “Battle in Seattle” follows a dozen fictional characters over five days of protests in November 1999, the events depicted are real. Public Citizen was there and was one of the groups that helped organize what started as a peaceful protest against corporate globalization.

We’re hoping the film will do more than entertain. We hope it wakes people up to the the negative impact so-called “free trade” has on workers, consumers and the environment. You can learn a lot more about the WTO at the Global Trade Watch section of our Web site. (more…)

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From Ann Eveleth @ Eyes on Trade: If the presumptive presidential contenders and their advisors have still not figured out – ahem – the political costs of surrendering to so-called “free trade” policies of the NAFTA/WTO variety against the interest of, well, almost everybody, they might be surprised to find some people getting a little riled up about the issue at convention time: delegates to both the Democratic National Convention (August 25-28 in Denver) and the Republican National Convention (September 1-4 in St Paul) will be treated to a “sneak peak” viewing of the latest Hollywood indie extravaganza… Continue Reading Β»

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From Todd Tucker @ Eyes on Trade: This is some great footage from the Maine Fair Trade Campaign’s recent convention, with none other than our own Lori Wallach [director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch division], making the case for a different trade model. Fair trade champion Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) also riles up the crowd about 6 minutes in.

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