Calendar of FTAA Events

To be held at the Florida Center for Theological Studies at 111 NE First St., 7th floor. Call 305-379-3777.

Teach-in: Alternatives to Corporate Globalization - Voices from the Americas

"Sustainability and Democracy," Part 1

A series of teach-ins over the next few days will focus on alternative viewpoints to corporate takeovers and typical conceptions of democracy. Today's workshop is in four parts. In all, the teach-ins feature a series of workshops and plenaries focusing on the real impacts of corporate globalization on workers, farmers, indigenous people, women, human rights, democracy, and the environment. The opening plenary is 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 400 Biscayne Blvd.

Concurrent session 1 is from 11:15 a.m. to 12: 45 p.m. in five places at the same time: "Trade Policy and the Crisis in Agriculture" at the First United Methodist Church at 400 Biscayne Blvd.; "Rights for Investors or Rights for Development" at the Doubletree, 1717 N. Bayshore Dr.; "Corporate Accountability, Global Finance, and the Environment" at the Doubletree; "Women's Experiences in the U.S. with Privatization and Free Trade" at the Holiday Inn, 200 SE Second Ave.; "Saving Our Water: The Fight for Control of the World's Water from Berkeley to Bolivia to Baghdad" at the Riande, 1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

Concurrent session 2 is from 2:00 to 3:45 p.m. in five places: "FTAA, School of the Americas, and Militarism" at the Gesu Church, 118-170 NE Second St.; "SOA Watch: Corporate Globalization's Assault on the Environment" at the Doubletree; "Changing Course on Agriculture & Trade Policies" at the First United Methodist Church; "Roots of Corporate Power" at the Doubletree; and "Trade Law for Dummies" at the Holiday Inn.

The closing panel is 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Gesu Church. Visit www.citizenstrade.org/miamicalendar.php for full schedule of speakers and themes.

Meeting: Continental Campaign Coordinating

A strategy meeting with representatives from different country-based campaigns in order to coordinate activities and mobilization events. The event is sponsored by the Continental Campaign Against the FTAA, run by the Hemispheric Social Alliance; it starts at 4:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 400 Biscayne Blvd . Call 202-898-1566.

Documentary Film Festival

Seven documentary films from Latin America will be screened with commentaries from each country's point of view on globalization and free-trade issues, including Fatal Conspiracy from Venezuela. Other films come from Colombia, Mexico, Bolivia, and the U.S. The event is sponsored by ASOCOL (Asociacion de Solidaridad por Colombia), Bolivarian Circles, Asociación Campesina de la Florida, and the Comite Latino and runs from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Miami Light Project, 3000 Biscayne Blvd. Contact ibeth@sfjwj.org or call 305-623-4900.

Interfaith Service and Vigil: A Call for Peace through Justice and Understanding

Members of all faiths join in prayer, song, and reflection for the transformation of the systems of leadership and action that prevent the alleviation of poverty, justice for workers, democracy for citizens of the world, and stewardship for the earth. The goal of the meeting is to find peaceful solutions through open dialogue among all affected communities. The service will be followed by a candlelight vigil at the Torch of Friendship, with a prayer for transformation of the unjust structures that currently dominate our world. The event is sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Miami and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami and runs from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 400 Biscayne Blvd. Call 305-206-8332 or email paxchristimiami@yahoo.com.

Celebration: Root Cause People's March Arrival

A rally and concert to be held in downtown Miami's Bayfront Park will gather all the marchers plus musical groups, spoken-word acts, and dancing groups, as well as the general public from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Contact 305-757-3880 or www.therootcause.org

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 19

Forum: Plan Colombia, Militarization and Trade Unionists (in Spanish)

Speakers from the ASOCOL (Asociacion de Solidaridad por Colombia) will address the political and military consequences Colombia may face if the FTAA goes into action. The event will be held at 260 NE 17th Terr. from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Contact ibeth@sfjwj.org.

Public Hearing: The Impact of the FTAA on Public Health and Healthcare

The hearing is an opportunity for communities in the hemisphere to speak out about the impact of trade agreements and the FTAA on public health, healthcare, and water. Testimony will be presented to a public hearing tribunal, composed of respected leaders in the public health, medical, and labor communities from Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean. The event is sponsored by the Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health, Service Employees International Union, Public Services International, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, and Women's Edge Coalition and will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Temple Israel, 137 NE 19th St. Contact mwhite@womensedge.org or jebrenner@cpath.org, or call 415-933-6204.

Forum: Negotiating Intellectual Property Provisions in Free Trade Agreements

Representatives address the critical issues on the table during the ministerial talks. Forum will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the University of Miami Storer Auditorium, 5250 University Dr., Coral Gables. The event is sponsored by the Washington College of Law, American University, the Consumer Project on Technology, and the Centro Interdisciplinario de Derecho Industrial y Económico (CEIDIE).

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