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Special Focus: Free Trade versus democracy

Mike Prokosch, United for a Fair Economy, on the FTAA: what it is, and what it means to western democracy

Joan Ecklein, on FTAA environmental issues and women's group participation in the Quebec FTAA protest

Catherine Benedict, Boston Global Action Network, on the failures of NAFTA

Matt Borus, activist, actor & protester, on police actions in Quebec

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00:00 Introduction
08:00 Question of the Week
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17:08 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
29:47 Mike Prokosch (, globalization program coordinator at United for a Fair Economy (, an organization dedicated to economic change, fills us in on the anti-democratic nature of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement that was being discussed at the high level meeting in Quebec. He talked about why people were protesting, and about why the FTAA is particularly unfair to women and children.

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52:37 Joan Ecklein (, co-chair of the Boston chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (, 215-563-7110), is a retired sociology professor and grandmother who wants to stop corporations from polluting the earth. At a young 65, she was in Quebec at the People's Summit and at women's events during the week. The WILPF was founded in 1915 to work "to create an environment of political, economic, social and psychological freedom for all members of the human community, so that true peace can be enjoyed by all." Joan spoke about the environmental impact of Free Trade and the FTAA, and about the participation of herself and other seniors (including the Raging Grannies) in the Quebec protest.
63:54 Special Message
64:54 Boston area (and some national) announcements
68:17 Catherine Benedict ( is a member of the Boston Global Action Network (, 617-524-8110), an organization formed to fight the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas). We spoke with Catherine about the impact of NAFTA, precursor to FTAA, on people in this country and in Mexico, as well as its impact on the environment.
77:47 Matt Borus, an activist with the Boston Global Action Network and an actor with "Class Acts," was very active in the Seattle protest, and gives us eyewitness accounts of the actions of both demonstrators and police.
87:09 End
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