Area farmers and unions gathered In Keokuk Sunday to inform the community and protest the international NAFTA 2.0 trade deal that President Trump signed last year.
The rally took place at the Keokuk Labor Temple on 301 Blondeau Street.
It featured a march through the streets of the city, guest speakers, and information about the deal and how it would impact workers.
Officials said the rally was about both protesting the deal as well as educating the community.
“Corporate interest, over the people, it’s wrong. And as citizens of this country we have a right to speak up and speak out and that’s what we’re going to do today,” said Carrie Duncan, IAMAW Machinists local union officer.
“Why not do the best we can do? And we can only do that if we agree that first we need to educate ourselves as to what this language is about, second, stand up, tell your neighbors, tell your friends and contact congress,” said Penny Logsdon, Lee County labor president.
The deal regulates trade between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.
Protesters said that the deal lacks protection for laborers and farmers in the Tri-States.