Whether or not you have a newfound love of macroeconomics like I do after this past semester, it’s hard not to hear about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and it’s pending fast-track into enactment. Coming from a long line of trade agreements before it, the TPP will lower tariffs and promote trade between twelve countries along the Pacific Ocean — or at least that’s what we’ve been told, since the full text of the agreement has not been made available.
What we do know is that the twelve nations involved in the TPP represent a wide array of economic development, and we know that this uneven representation leads to an influx of manufacturing and outsourced industry from more developed nations, impunity afforded to corporations under both the trade agreement and unstable local judicial processes, and mass violence as the final step in a long process of dehumanization of local workers. We know this because we have the North American Free Trade Agreement at our doorstep, and we can see the femicide trend that has plagued Ciudad Juárez and El Paso since the mid-90s.
The Juárez femicide trend has been a personal project for me for a long time, and in the interests of full disclosure, I should note that not only have I spoken about this issue at previous conferences, but I am also from El Paso. Raising awareness is a pet project that I feel, deeply. Reading about the relationship between NAFTA and the TPP, what springs to my mind are the words of Susana Chavez, a femicide activist and victim, “ni una más” — not one more murder.