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Deliberation Materials: Free Trade

Should our democracy participate in free trade agreements?

Braddock, Pennsylvania, was once a vibrant community. It is now so poor and rundown that film producers used it to shoot the opening scenes for a movie about the world after a nuclear disaster. Braddock is like many towns in the United States. Employers have either gone out of business or have moved to other countries where costs are cheaper. In 2011, the mayor of Braddock said, “We have lost 90 percent of our population and 90 percent of our buildings.... Ninety percent of our town is in a landfill.”