Trade and the States

07/30/2009 - 2:00pm

On Thursday, July 30th at 1:00pm EST, Progressive States Network hosted a national conference call for state legislators and advocates discussing Trade and the States: Promoting Collaboration when Negotiating and Implementing Trade Deals.

Across the country, states have increasingly taken action to stop global trade deals from undermining state authority and state regulations that protect consumers, workers and the environment. Join us for this call to discuss the rising concerns of state leaders over recent federal trade deals. Speakers on the call shared stories of recent mobilizations by state leaders working with federal allies to institutionalize the role of states in trade negotiations and spoke about how state legislators and advocates have been taking action to increase their roles in this process.

Speakers included:

* Rep. Maralyn Chase, Washington House of Representatives

* Peter Riggs, Director, Forum on Democracy and Trade

* Sarah Edelman, State and Local Program Coordinator, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

* Nathan Newman, Executive Director, Progressive States Network

For more information, see our recent Stateside Dispatch which covers this issue in-depth.