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Challenging the FTAA, NAFTA & the WTO:
A Community Research Toolkit

September 2003

Privatization of Public Services

The FTAA will contain "a series of commitments" that seek to create the climate for the privatization of public services. (1) Many of the social safety nets provided by our government come under fire as private companies seek to gain profit from providing these services.

Housing, Demographics, Hunger, Income & Poverty Levels
National Priorities Project
http://database.nationalpriorities.org/
Click on Issue Search to create customized tables by state on spending for social safety nets.

Water, Energy, Prison, Healthcare, Social Services & Education
Polaris Institute
http://www.polarisinstitute.org/corp_profiles/public_service_gats/
corp_profiles_ps_gats.html

Company profiles on corporations looking to gain from privatization of public services. Includes companies looking to gain from privatization of: water, energy, prisons, healthcare, social services, education, postal service.

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1. Public Citizen, "FTAA & Services" http://www.citizen.org/trade/ftaa/Services/

A project of the DataCenter's Economic Justice Program.

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CONTENTS

Introduction
What Is the FTAA, NAFTA & WTO?
State & National Economic Picture
Trade Legislation & Disputes
NAFTA Job Losses In Your Community
Environmental Injustice & Health Impacts
Privatization of Public Services
Region-Specific Industry Information
Militarism & Migration
Privatization of Education
Popular Education Tools
Calendar of Actions
Community Networks & Other Resources

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