On the 4th of February, a mix of labor activists and area vegans showed up at the Baltimore World Trade Center to protest the signing of the TPP or Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is a yet to be ratified trade deal that a former steelworker described as “Nafta on steroids” before singing a song of dissent at this protest. All the worst provisions of the trade deal that ate som many jobs (including his) are present in the TPP and as bad or worse than in NAFTA and so many more countries are affected.
Baltimore was once home to steel mills and industry, now it is home to grinding poverty. NAFTA and other trade deals bear a lot of responsability for the replacement of almost all industry in so many cities like Baltimore with non-union sweatshop jobs in whatever countries were the lowest bidders in the Race to the Bottom.