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 Psychological and Economic Effects of "Free Trade""



First row (l-r) Heather Ziebell, Kelly Sundin, Krystle Foster, Jessica Colaizy. Second Row: Lyn Clark Pegg (WFP), Amanda Victorson, Joie Acheson (instructor), Drew Scribner, Luke Owens, Ernesto Rivas, Celia Rupp. Missing: Erin Daly, Erica Kuehn, Beth McClimek, Talia Strasser


Psychology Instructor Joie Acheson is doing something a little different with her Psychology and Social Responsibility class this January. She is taking 16 students to Nicaragua as a Witness for Peace delegation.

From January 5–14, students will examine the psychological and economic effects of "free trade" on workers and their families. Students, as part of a Witness for Peace delegation will:
• Spend a few days in the home of a Nicaraguan family living in a farming community;
• Learn about Nicaragua´s struggle for debt relief and how its international debt burden is affecting the daily lives of Nicaragua´s poor, especially women and their families
• Meet the maquila workers behind the "Made in Nicaragua" label to learn about labor rights and working conditions in foreign–owned garment factories;
• Learn first–hand about alternate development projects, including the impact of Fair Trade and the beginnings of eco–tourism;
• Hear the personal stories from Nicaraguans who are working for change, and witness their struggle for human rights and true democracy;
• Speak with representatives from the U.S. government in Nicaragua;
• Gain tools and skills needed to educate home communities and influence U.S. policy makers.

For information, contact Joie Acheson by email or by phone (218) 726–7458.

Posted Jan 3, 2005.

Cheryl Reitan, Publications Director,
NEW RELEASES, UMD Media contact, Susan Latto,, 218-726-8830


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