On Thursday, 16 August, about 50 people gathered for a visibility action to demand that Representative Earl Blumenauer vote "no" on Fast Track and FTAA legislation. A Fast Track vote was scheduled in Congress last month, but was put off because of citizen pressure. The organizers delivered anti-Fast Track post cards to Blumenauer's office before the action, and discussed the issue with his staff. Blumenauer has been a sworn "free-trader" in his voting record until recently, when he abstained from a Fast Track vote. |
After delivering the postcards, citizens took to the intersection of Grand and Morrison during rush hour with signs, banners, and noise, to expose the Fast Track and FTAA issues to commuters. Organizers declared the event a success.