Stopping CAFTA

The victories of the healthcare strike laid the groundwork for the struggle against CAFTA, the FTAA and neoliberalism.  Unions and the FMLN revitalized and rejuvenated a movement and proved that you can stop the neoliberal onslaught. When President Bush announced his intentions for a trade agreement with Central America, the Salvadoran social movement, the FMLN, and CISPES immediately began to organize an international campaign to stop it. Though CAFTA eventually passed, it was only by one vote. If we had not waged a campaign, the margin in the US would have been overwhelming. CISPES went on to work with the FMLN and social movement in El Salvador and our allies in the US to block its implementation.

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