Join us for a Town Hall Meeting
on NAFTA, the WTO, and Trade Policy
What is the Town Hall Meeting?
This will be an opportunity for the people of Oregon to come together to decide what kind of trade policy will work for Oregon. The Town Hall Meeting will give everyone a chance to have a voice on this issue. We'll invite community and political leaders to join us for the discussion. We'll let them choose to respond to our comments or just to listen.
We will begin the meeting with an update on what's going on in trade negotiations. But we'll spend the bulk of our time listening to each other: We'll ask each organization that has chosen to participate to tell us very briefly what matters to its constituency and what criteria it will use to support or oppose particular trade agreements when they come before the Congress. We'll give individuals a chance to share their opinions too. At the end of the meeting, we'll see whether we can reach any kind of consensus to communicate to our Congressional delegation.
Now that the Congress has given the President Fast Track Authority to make trade deals, the Administration has gone into high gear trying to negotiate agreements with Chile, Singapore, Australia, and the nations of Central America, as well as to conclude a hemispheric trade deal modeled on NAFTA. The WTO countries are meting in Cancun in September. It is urgent that Oregonians tell our political leaders why trade policy is important to us and how we believe they can distinguish an agreement that they should vote to approve from an agreement that they should oppose.
Who can participate?
Everyone can participate. We are asking organizations concerned about the issues posed by trade and investment agreements like NAFTA, the GATS, and the FTAA to discuss the issue and to send representatives to the Town Hall Meeting who can speak for the organization. We also invite everyone in the community to join us and to share their thoughts.
Who is sponsoring the meeting?
The Town Hall Meeting is sponsored by a network of organizations called Local to Global. The network includes the Alliance for Democracy, the Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and the Environment, the First Unitarian Church, NWRAGE, the Oregon AFL-CIO, and the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, among others.
Where will the Town Hall Meeting be held? First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Main, Portland.
When? Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 1:00 PM
To arrange for your organization to comment at the Town Hall Meeting or for more information, call or email:
David E. Delk, (503) 232-5495 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Alliance for Democracy Alternatives to Growth American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Bridge City Preparative Meeting (Quakers) Campus Greens at PSU Cascadia Forest Alliance Citizens Utility Board Communications Workers of America Local 7901 Cross Border Labor Organizing Coalition Democratic Socialists of America Don't Waste OR EarthSave Eastside Democratic Club Economic Justice Action Group of First Unitarian Church Jubilee, Oregon Leethan Nursery NW Resistance Against Genetic Engineering Oregon AFL-CIO Oregon American Federation of Government Employees Local 3937 Oregon Common Cause Oregon Creatives Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Oregon Natural Resources Council Oregon Peaceworks Oregon Tilth Pacific GreensMetro Chapter Peace & Social Concerns Committee of Multnomah Monthly Meeting (Quakers) Peoples Food Coop. Physicians for Social Responsibility Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship Portland Central America Solidary Committee PSU Progressive Student Union Service Employees International Union Local 503 Social Action Committee of the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Socialist Party of Oregon Steelworkers L&E Committee United Consumers of Oregon Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.