2011 Sidore Lecture Series presents Sarah Bigney, Organizer of Maine Fair Trade Campaign

September 23rd, 2011 by Jennifer Philion

Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at Silver Center

Sarah Bigney

Plymouth, N.H. —Sarah Bigney, an organizer with the Maine Fair Trade Campaign, will discuss “Who’s Winning, Who’s Losing and Who’s Writing the Rules? Jobs, Immigration and the Trade Rulebook of Corporate Globalization” at 7 p.m. Tues. October 4 at the Silver Center for the Arts in Plymouth.

Bigney’s talk is hosted by the Saul O Sidore Lecture Seriesat Plymouth State University.

This year’s Sidore Lecture Series focuses on the growing gap between the world’s rich and poor. The speakers hope to inspire audiences to think about the various forms of poverty that plague societies around the world, while sharing concrete solutions.

Bigney asks what a laid-off sawmill worker from northern New England and a displaced corn farmer emigrating from El Salvador Have in common?  She responds that they are refugees of corporate globalization, and specifically of free trade policies like NAFTA and CAFTA, and says that “sharing stories of the lives of survivors of free trade and a corporate war economy helps build a movement of people committed to working together for a democratic and just economy.”

The Maine Fair Trade Campaign (MFTC) is a coalition of 61 labor, environmental, human rights and family farm organizations “working to change the rules of the global economy through international trade policy.” MFTC organizes nontraditional allies to combat corporate globalization and build a sustainable economy that values workers rights and the environment.

Bigney travels throughout Maine, meeting with laid-off workers, primarily from the forest products industry, to add their stories to the public discourse on trade.

A reception and light refreshments follow each program. Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-Arts (2787) or (800) 779-3869.

The next speaker in the series will be Judy Taylor, an artist whose commissioned mural was removed from the Maine Department of Labor by the governor for depicting Maine’s labor history, including strikes. Taylor will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24.

The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time.  All Sidore Lectures take place at 7 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center.

For information contact Professor Mark Fischler, mjfischler@plymouth.edu or log on to Plymouth.edu/Sidore.

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