Local work around the world in gaining advances in all forms of justice will be effectively nullified wherever trade agreements are allowed to take effect. Trade agreements are circumventing democracy and the rights of citizens everywhere. If we cannot successfully stop the US government from pushing through trade agreement after trade agreement we will soon find our hard won local victories here and abroad declared unenforceable. This can only usher in a complete end to any kind of populist rule and even the end of the sovereign state whether driven by populism or not. The trade agreements the US government promotes give absolute rights to corporations in the pursuit of profits irregardless of national constitutions and local laws. They will herald in the end of any ideas of land and labor reforms, civil rights and justice. Keep working locally...but keep your eye on the big picture. We need a big movement against trade agreements to back up all of our efforts and we had better move fast. Any ideas?