Free Trades – Are Free Trade Agreements Really About Slave Labor?

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The Miami Model

Against a prescribed template of paramilitary oppression, information warfare, and profit above all values, activists converge in Miami to demonstrate grassroots resistance, creative action, and international solidarity, a clash between competing visions of globalization, soon to be known as the Miami Model. Indymedia activists shot hundreds of hours documenting two thousand three Free Trade Area of Americas protests in Miami and shaped it into a documentary that cuts through mass media blackout to reveal brutal repression and assault on civil liberties that took place, as well as inspiring alternatives to capitalist globalization that were also in full effect in Miami. Are free trade agreements really about free trade or more specifically succinctly slavery?

In November of two thousand three, trade ministers from thirty four countries met in Miami, Florida, to negotiate a Free Trade Area of the Americas also known as FTAA. A Free Trade Area of Americas threatened to devastate workers, environment, public services like health care, education, water, to destroy indigenous rights and cultural diversity across North, Central, as well as South America. Thousands of union members, environmentalists, feminists, anarchists, students, farm workers, media activists, and human rights activists who gathered in Miami to struggle against a Free Trade Area of Americas were brutally attacked with rubber bullets, pepper spray, electric guns, shock batons, embedded reporters, information warfare, all coordinated by the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Collectively, Indymedia activists shot hundreds of hours of video footage documenting Free Trade Area of Americas protests in Miami. This footage has been edited by a Free Trade Area of Americas Miami video working group into a documentary that cuts through a mass media blackout to reveal the brutal repression and assault on civil liberties that took place, as well as some life affirming and inspiring alternatives to capitalist globalization that were also in full effect in Miami. Are free trade agreements really more about slavery?

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