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Encourage Earl Blumenauer to vote "NO" on CAFTA

Action to take place at the Lloyd Center Max Station to demand that Earl take a public position on the CAFTA agreement, signed by Bush and the presidents of Central America earlier this year
PCASC
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee
616 E. Burnside
Portland, Oregon 97214
tel: 503-236-7916 email:  info@pcasc.net

September 27, 2004

CONTACT: JASON WALLACH
503.236.7916 office
312.961.5381 cell

Constituents Urge Congressman Blumenauer to Declare Opposition to the
Dominican Republic--Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA)

4:30 pm, September 30th, 2004
Lloyd Center Max Station

A rambunctious group of Congressman Earl Blumenauer's constituents will gather at the Lloyd Center Max Station Sept. 30 at 4:30 pm and parade to his office at 729 N.E. Oregon St. to draw attention to Cong. Blumenauer's refusal to state a public position over the proposed Dominican Republic--Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA).
DR-CAFTA was negotiated by trade representatives from the US, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua and signed by President Bush and five Central American Presidents last May 28. The Dominican Republic recently "docked" on to the agreement, which must pass the US Congress un-amended to take effect.
"Earl says he doesn't know how he'll vote on The Central American Free Trade Agreement, but this Agreement is based on the failed NAFTA model and will give corporations more power to move Oregon jobs to countries that don't respect workers rights or damage the environment. CAFTA will do irreparable harm to working families in Oregon and in Central America. Why is Earl undecided about that?" said Chelsea Blake, with the Cross-Border Labor Organizing Coalition.
Blake and others point to National Administrative Office (NAO, the official NAFTA monitoring body) data that shows 766,000 US manufacturing jobs lost to ten years of NAFTA, 52,000 of those in Oregon. In Mexico, official data shows that US-owned factories, known as maquilas, created 545,859 jobs, offering an average wage of $6.50 per day, without adequate healthcare, vacation or overtime pay.
Blumenauer's constituents note that Congresswoman Darlene Hooley recently declared her opposition to CAFTA, citing concerns over workers' rights and safety. They vowed to continue their efforts until Mr. Blumenauer makes his CAFTA position public.

homepage: homepage: http://www.pcasc.net
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oh great 27.Sep.2004 17:17

local

Lets be honest, these "rambunctious" groups of people outside the decision makers doors dont make a damn difference. I'm all for political action and defeating CAFTA, but why not throw yourself a party about your great politics somewhere else? You just piss them off and then they shut down and refuse to talk to us.

These actions do work 27.Sep.2004 18:03

DJ Shadow

Often these kinds of things are ineffective, but this one probably will not be one of those. Three years ago, it was exactly this kind of action that got Blumeanauer to vote 'No" on Fast Track. His staff was calling all over, trying to get the weekly pickets at the office shut down. Rumor has it that his chief of staff has already made a few nervous calls about this action.

Some politicians might not care about actions like this, but Blumenauer, who enjoys lots of support from liberals and labor unions, cannot stand having his good reputation tarnished in this way.

Hope folks can come out on Thursday--it will make a difference!