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Resistance to CAFTA in Portland (photos)

About 200 people showed up to protest CAFTA. From all indication, it seems that Earl Blumenauer will vote with Gordon Smith and the other Republicans on this one. Call his office at 503.231.2300 to voice your opposition. Ask Earl to say it loud and proud: "I support fair trade and will vote NO on CAFTA."
Speakers included:

Madelyn Elder, Pres. CWA Local 7901
Tim Nesbitt, Director, OR AFL-CIO
Diego from the Amalgamzated Sugar plant in Nyssa
(he drove 6 hours to get there!)
Mary Mendez from Enlace America
David Foster from the District 11 Steelworkers

They focused mostly on Oregon jobloss, but Mary did speak about the lies that sold NAFTA to Mexican workers. Now we know that these agreements screw workers on both sides of the equation: US and Central America.
Blumenauer opposes CAFTA 09.May.2005 19:19


Here's the story I found on OPB:

Rep. Blumenauer Comes Out Against CAFTA

By Kristian Foden-Vencil

PORTLAND, OR 2005-05-09 Congressman Earl Blumenauer announced his opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement Monday.

CAFTA -- a close cousin of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement -- was signed by all six participating Latin American countries last year. But President Bush has yet to send CAFTA to congress -- because he's unsure it would be ratified.

Blumenauer, who recently voted for US-Australia and US-Singapore trade agreements, says CAFTA falls short:

Earl Blumenauer: "It's clear that the United States needs to be more sensitive to the needs of the most vulnerable and we should support our own labor and environmental laws. CAFTA's approval at this point would not be a step forward, and I would fear a step back."

Oregon's congressional delegation has been split on trade treaties, with Peter DeFazio the only member to have voted against all of them.

Blumenauer voted for NAFTA, but his announcement Monday follows a move by a group of influential pro-free trade Democrats to reject CAFTA.