Food and Product Safety and NAFTA Expansions: Call Congress!

Tell your representatives in Congress what you expect of them regarding the pending NAFTA expansions that put limits on safety standards and inspection!

Votes on pending NAFTA expansions to Colombia and Panama would expand harmful rules that keep us from being able to ensure the safety of our food and products. It is easy to exercise your democratic voice by contacting your representative and senators: simply call 202-225-3121 (the Capitol switchboard). And of course, you can write your representatives too. Letters and calls make a big difference!

If you are unsure of who is your representative, simply give the operator your zip code and they will connect you. You can find a list of senators here - just choose your state to find out who yours are.

When you are connected to each of these offices, tell the receptionist that you want to speak to the Trade Legislative Assistant (or "trade LA," in Hill jargon). Tell the trade LA where you live, because calls from home count, and ask how the senator or representative plans to vote on the Peru and Panama NAFTA expansions. Share your views with the staffer. Ask for an email or snail mail answer to your question. If you are sent to voicemail, do the same so you can get a response.

Also, many representatives and senators schedule open office hours and make frequent appearances so you can discuss the issue in person. We keep track of how each congressperson is positioned on these issues, but we need your help! Please share what you learn by emailing GTW Senior Field Organizer James Ploeser. Ask James for other goodies on how to get a local meeting with your representative and more.

To get in touch with local activists working for improved trade and import safety in your area, check out the website of the Citizens Trade Campaign, which lists local coalitions near you.