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Speak out against Fast Track and the Free Trade Area of the Americas(FTAA): Two Rallies Organized


Portland Rally at the Offices of the pro-"Free Trade" but wavering US Congressman Earl Blumenauer on Tuesday July 31st, at 516 SE Morrison(at corner of SE Grand and Morrison), 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Fast Track and the FTAA are the next two steps in the global corporate agenda. The next fight is here, in Portland, now! If you missed Genoa then please attend this rally.
This rally will be calling on Congressman Blumenauer to vote no on Fast Track legislation in a stand of support for the environment, workers and the poor here in Oregon and around the world. Fast Track legislation allows the Bush administration to negotiate trade deals, such as the Free Trade Area of the Americas and WTO expansion, which cannot later be amended by Congress, but instead must be voted up or down as submitted. This would strip Congress of the ability to adequately scrutinize trade agreements submitted by President Bush.
Giant puppets, colorful signs and lots of energetic people will be in attendance.
Contact: Kate Lore and Joe Schneider Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church Oregon Fair Trade Coalition t: 503-228-6389 ext. 44 , t:503-823-5129 | handbills and posters for the rally

Eugene Rally for Workers Rights, the Environment, and Democracy on high noon Friday, August 3 at Ron Wyden's office, 151 W 7th, Eugene (between Olive and Charnelton on 7th).
Join Eugene labor, environmental, political, and religious leaders in a rally to demand that Senator Wyden stand up for labor rights, the environment, Oregon communities, and the future of our hemisphere. Let him know that we don't support fast track, and he shouldn't either.
Congress is currently debating the Free Trade Area of the Americas, a trade agreement modeled after NAFTA (which has alone cost Oregon nearly 11,000 jobs since 1994). The AFL-CIO and many other organizations have made it a priority to defeat fast track.
Call Senators Wyden and Smith and tell them that you oppose the FTAA and the fast track authority that would deny Congress the right to amend the FTAA. Please act soon! Senator Ron Wyden: (202) 224-5244, (541) 421-0229 Sen. Gordon Smith (202) 224-3753, (541) 465-6750
Rally organized by the Eugene Fair Trade Coalition. Co-sponsored by CISCAP, ESSN, and the Lane County Labor Council. For more information call 687-2916.