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Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19, Trade and Resilience on May 26

Free trade agreements that prioritize private profits over healthy communities have made the Pacific Northwest far less resilient in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic’s dual public health and economic crises. But incredibly, corporate lobbying groups are doubling-down on calls for new trade deals that could harm working families even further.

All are invited to join the Washington Fair Trade Coalition for its Northwest Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19, Trade and Resilience on Tuesday, May 26 at 5 p.m. Please RSVP online here to sign up for this free virtual town hall.  Presenters will include:

Julia Robinson of People’s Health Movement on how bad trade policies have outsourced America’s medical equipment & PPE manufacturing capacity.

Jackie Boschok of the Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans on how trade-related medicine monopolies raise healthcare costs and stifle medical innovation.

April Sims of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO on how resiliency during crises is adversely affected by the global race to the bottom in wages.

Sameer Ranade of Front and Centered on how the COVID-19 pandemic provides a window into both the climate crisis and climate solutions.

There will also be plenty of time for your questions and comments, and the town hall will conclude with ways that you can help build demand for new trade policies that work for the Pacific Northwest’s working families and the planet. Again, please RSVP online to participate.

Co-sponsors include Washington Fair Trade Coalition and the Trade Justice Education Fund. For more information, contact

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