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This week, Congress considers passing Trade Agreements with Colombia, South Korea, and Panama. For Colombia the deal would be a devastating blow to farmers, union organizers and human rights activists. Jess Hunter-Bowman writes in this week's featured article, "Free trade deals lead to minor macro-economic gains and pad corporate profits but bring depressed wages and job losses to workers on either side of the border." There will be an emergency action on Monday, July 11 to stop the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. Please come out and show your support!

Meanwhile, the House will vote on the FY2012 Defense Appropriations Bill this week. With $648.7 billion in military spending at stake, IPS released a Unified Security Budget report on military spending. The report calls for strategic cuts to offensive military spending with increased investment in war prevention and defense. We at the Peace Center believe a rational approach to military spending strengthens our country, bolsters democracy and brings true security by peaceful means. Thanks to folks at IPS for their work on such and important issue.

This week, The Washington Peace Center hosts two exciting events, and we'd like you to attend! On July 12, past recipients of the Activist Awards will gather at our Activist Awardees Reunion Party. This will be an occasion to celebrate their work, network and strategize, and check in to see what's new at the Peace Center.  Don't miss this opportunity to convene with some of the best activists in DC! Can't make the Party? Check out the Peace Center Volunteer Bash, where you can learn more about our work and find out how you can support our mission. To RSVP for either event, reply to info[at]washingtonpeacecenter.org

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