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U.S., Mexican and Canadian Civil Society Groups Deliver Hundreds of Thousands of “ISDS-Out-of-NAFTA” Petitions as Fourth Round of Renegotiation Talks Starts in Washington

WASHINGTON - Press conference, rally, petition delivery. Member of Congress, union presidents and other civil society leaders demand that Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) be eliminated from NAFTA during renegotiations. Trump administration officials are expected to table a proposal on the controversial NAFTA investment chapter later the same day. ISDS makes it less risky and expensive for corporations to outsource jobs and empowers them to attack domestic policies that protect public health and the environment by going before tribunals of three corporate lawyers who can order unlimited compensation be paid to the corporations by taxpayers. Participating organizations will deliver hundreds of thousands of petitions demanding NAFTA’s special protections for investors be eliminated. Civil society organizations and unions throughout North America are united in demanding ISDS be eliminated from NAFTA. Last month, a major association of small businesses sent a letter signed by more than 100 firms calling for elimination of ISDS in NAFTA.

WHEN:   Wednesday, October 11, 10:15 a.m. 

                 (the first day of the fourth round of NAFTA talks)

WHERE: House Triangle, U.S. Capitol Building

WHO: Speakers include: U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)

                                                   U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan)

                                                   U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota)

                                                   U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio)

Petitions from:



Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network


Center for International Environmental Law


Citizens Trade Campaign


Corporate Accountability International


Council of Canadians


CREDO Action


Communications Workers of America


Daily Kos


Demand Progress


Democracy for America


Derechos Digitales


Food and Water Watch Action Fund


Franciscan Action Network


Friends of the Earth


Global Exchange


Good Jobs Nation


Machinists Union


Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy


Interfaith Workers Justice


International Corporate Accountability Roundtable


International Labor Rights Forum


Just Foreign Policy




Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns


Open Media


Our Revolution


People Demanding Action


Presbyterian Church (U.S.)


Presente Action


Progressive Congress Action Fund


Public Citizen GTW


Sierra Club






Trade Justice Network (Canada)


United Church of Christ


United Electrical Workers


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