April 30, 2013

PDX Peoples' Assembly on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

On May 11, just prior to a new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating round in Peru, we call on the 99% who are harmed by corporate globalization to oppose the TPP.
International Fair Trade Day
May 11th, 2013 starting at 1pm
First Unitarian Church
SW 12th Ave and Main St, Portland OR 97205
We will join trade justice advocates in Lima, Sydney, Ontario and many more cities and towns around the world that are holding community assemblies to discuss the problems with theTPP and the free trade model.
There are many reasons for people to come together on this date:
  • The TPP undermines access to fundamental medicines by extending monopoly protections for Big Pharma.
  • The TPP empowers corporations to sue governments for environmental and health measures they do not like.
  • The TPP restricts Internet innovation and increases the surveillance of online interactions.
  • The TPP undermines Indigenous rights and human rights.
  • The TPP creates a race to the bottom on working conditions, environmental standards and all kinds of public regulations.
  • The TPP prioritizes large-scale corporate agriculture (GMOs, antibiotics, etc) over sustainable local farming.
We will hear from guest speakers including Barbara Byrd (OR AFL-CIO) and Ann Pickar (Portland Area Global Aids Coalition), followed by break out groups to discuss issues and plan for next steps.
Multi-national community resistance put a freeze on the WTO.  It stopped the Free Trade Area of the Americas.  It can stop the TPP!
For more information on the PDX People's Assembly, please call Oregon Fair Trade Campaign on 503-736-9777 or email elizabeth@oregonfairtrade.org.
Sponsored by: Alliance for Democracy, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, Oregon AFL-CIO, Working Families Party, Economic Justice Group of the First Unitarian Church.
To learn more about events in other communities click here.
In solidarity,
Chris Phillips
Portland Jobs With Justice

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