We invite you to watch our webcast “Covid-19, Trade and Resilience”.

The COVID-19 crisis has been exacerbated by decades of so-called “free trade agreements” focused on prioritizing private profits over healthy communities. In California, we are feeling these effects more than ever.

Even worse, corporate lobbyists are using this crisis to push for more trade deals that will harm working people, the environment and access to affordable lifesaving medicines. This status quo is unsustainable and unethical — and has caused disproportionate harm to black Americans domestically and to people of color across borders.

Watch our webcast and learn about the connection between COVID-19trade and resilience — including racial justice — and learn what you need to do to take action to fight for trade policies that protect and safeguard lives in times of crisis.

Presenters included:

  • Catherine Houston works for the United Steel Workers (USW) District 12 on how trade policies have outsourced America’s medical equipment & PPE manufacturing capacity.
  • Hannah Lyon of Cancer Families for Affordable Medicine (CancerFAM) on ways trade agreements have hurt public healthhe has written and lectured extensively on how global trade impacts women’s health and access to healthcare.
  • Jessica Tovar of the Local Clean Energy Alliance on ways the COVID-19 pandemic provides a window into the climate crisis and climate solutions.
  • David Bacon is a photojournalist, author, and organizer on how bad trade deals have driven down working conditions and human rights standards in ways that have hindered nations’ response to the crisis.
  • Will Wiltschko, director of the California Trade Justice Coalition will moderate.

Cosponsors include Citizens Trade Campaign, the California Trade Justice Coalition, Global Exchange, United Steelworkers District 12, CancerFAM, Local Clean Energy Alliance, and the Trade Justice Education Fund.  For more info, contact: will@citizenstrade.org or Ted@globalexchange.org.