Supported by Council for a Livable World
The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Earl Pomeroy in his successful House of Representatives run as candidate for North Dakota.
Thousands of people in the Red River Valley want to send a message to federal lawmakers and trade negotiators ? they don?t want the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).
More than 25,000 people have signed petitions opposing the trade deal that is being promoted by the Bush administration. Residents along the Minnesota-North Dakota border say CAFTA could wipe out the sugar beet industry and many communities along with it.
CAFTA is the first step toward destroying the U.S. sugar program, U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said at a news conference Sept. 16, 2004, where he and other elected officials accepted the petitions. It would undermine beet growers in our region and throughout the country, and will export tens of thousands of U.S. jobs.
Most of the signatures on the anti-CAFTA petitions were gathered by farmers and workers employed in the sugar industry, said Mark Froemke, a leader of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco & Grain Millers, the union representing workers at the sugar processing plants in North Dakota and Minnesota.
In addition to Dorgan and Froemke, the Moorhead news conference was attended by Congressman Collin Peterson, D-Minn.; Congressman Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D.; U.S. Senator Kent Conrad, D-N.D.; and representatives of sugar beet growers and cooperatives. Froemke said opponents plan to hold other events in Minnesota to highlight the threats posed by CAFTA.
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- [http://2ww.workdayminnesota.org/articles/grain-millers-gather-thousands-signatures-opposing-cafta, Workday Minnesota, Grain Millers gather thousands of signatures opposing CAFTA September 19, 2004]