We stopped at the Youngstown, Ohio, YMCA where (Are you ready for this?) there is actually a chapel in the middle of the complex. (The first chapel in a YMCA that we’ve seen anywhere in the country.) What’s more, one of the posters there reads: “Let’s remember what the C in YMCA stands for.” Refreshing… This blue collar area is also home to former U.S. Congressman James Traficant Jr. In a column for The Review newspaper, he said as a Congressman he would have “attacked NAFTA… with reckless abandon.” Now I’m not sure why Mr. Traficant would have fought NAFTA, but the following is one of the reasons I would… On a Border Tour in Texas, I interviewed a Bacon College professor in El Paso who specializes in Mexican and Central America issues. He told me that the year NAFTA passed, the Mexican government stopped giving small subsidies to family farmers in the interior of Mexico. Some 15 million people lost their land and had no place to go but border towns where they needed cheap (read: almost slave ) labor to work at the big multi-national factories going up to take advantage of NAFTA’s new import/export tax rules. As a result of all this, some 200,000 people now live in a huge slum on the westside of Juarez. The whole thing is nothing short of a tremendous human rights travesty.