Columban Week of Action: Demand Just Trade Policies

Dear Columban Advocates,

Last week, the new administration released a series of rapid-fire executive orders targeting these very things Columbans care about most deeply: humane migration policies, caring for creation, promoting peace, and advancing faithful trade policies.

As people of faith, we must respond to attacks on the most vulnerable with action. Every day this week, we’ll send you an opportunity to respond to one of the executive orders that were signed last week.

Columban Week of Action Day 1: Demand Just Trade Policies

Executive Order: On Monday, January 23, the new administration signed an executive order formally withdrawing the United States’ participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. While not formally announced yet, the administration has also signaled their intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Both of these agreements affect Columban communities all over the world.

Columban Position: While Columbans stand opposed to the TPP, the administration’s withdrawal from this agreement is not the test on how they will handle trade policy. The real test is if they will negotiate trade agreements that lift up those in poverty and prioritize the environment and human dignity over the profits of corporations.

How To Respond:

Pray: Pope Francis’ words in Evangelii Gaudium, his Apostolic Exhortation, ground us in the Catholic values that shape our call to demand just and equitable economic policies: “The need to resolve the structural causes of poverty cannot be delayed….As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found….The dignity of each person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies” (202-203).

Educate: Read about the Columban commitment to fighting for just trade policies, and other forms of economic justice.

Act: As the new administration begins to negotiate new trade agreements and renegotiate NAFTA, we must demand that they use these agreements to lift up the most vulnerable. Click here to send a strong message to the new administration that people of faith will hold them to these standards.

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