Sacramento Solidarity Action
State Capitol, Front Steps
June 24, 2003, 11:30am
A rally in Salem on June 24, 2003 at 11:30 am will be held in solidarity with the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in Sacramento. The purpose of the Salem rally, "Sacramento Solidarity Action," organized by the June 24 Coalition, is to call attention to Oregon's reduced funding of education, health, and social services and to tie that into the protest against globalization and the WTO that will be going on in Sacramento at that time.
The WTO is an international institution designed to enable economic trade by prioritizing corporate profit over human needs and environmental welfare. The privileging of trade at state and global levels is occurring as part of a larger trend, where monetary concerns are prioritized over human and environmental welfare. A protest in response to the World Trade Organization meeting in Sacramento, California is being held in Sacramento on June 20-25. The degradation of social services in Oregon is related to the prioritizing of capital accumulation.
On June 24 we will call on the government of Oregon to increase corporate taxation and corporate accountability for workers' rights violations and environmental degradation. We see these violations occurring everywhere in Oregon. Farm workers are still fighting for their right to a half hour lunch break, and the extreme pollution of the Willamette river has earned it the designation of a super fund site. We will call for the restoration of social services in Oregon. The cutting of school budgets, aid to families, disability services, health care services, and a host of other social needs will not be tolerated. Corporations like PGE (Enron), which made millions of dollars in profit from Oregonians yet paid virtually no state taxes, should be held responsible for the current financial crisis.
The June 24 Coalition is an ad hoc group of concerned citizens who support world peace and the well being of all. Join in solidarity with those in Sacramento to demand that undemocratic institutions like the WTO be held accountable. Let's send a clear message to the state of Oregon. The citizens of Oregon think that people are more important than money.
In Portland there will be carpools leaving from Lincoln High School (1600 S.W. Salmon) at 10 am. You can get to Lincoln on bus lines #15 and #63 and the MAX.
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