As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations proceed, there is concern about the threat to access to affordable medicines, as well as the lack of transparency around these talks. The Council of Canadians has organized Intercontinental Days of Action in communities across Canada. GRAN is strongly endorsing the Intercontinental Days of Action and I encourage you to participate in the local event:
Kitchener-Waterloo March against NAFTA & TPP
TIme: 5:00pm * Friday, January 31
Location: Victoria Park Clock Tower * Joseph Street
The second campaign concerns Conflict Minerals. The use of conflict minerals in the many of the electronics we use is fueling on-going war in places such as Congo. These areas are among the most dangerous places in the world, particularly for women and children. GRAN is suggesting this:
Familiarize yourself with the Conflict Minerals issue by accessing the Canadian Fair Trade Network website, http://cftn.ca/campaigns/just-minerals. Watch the video on GRAN's website http://grandmothersadvocacy.org/introduction-to-the-issue-of-conflict-minerals-video/. And check out the ratings of the various companies whose products most of us use at http://www.raisehopeforcongo.org/.
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Bonnie Cole Arnal
Grandmothers Advocacy Network, Kitchener Waterloo