portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article announcements portland metro

actions & protests wto hong kong

Portland Says NO to the WTO!!! YES to the Right to Organize!

A coalition of over 50 organizations invites you to Join us in the streets as we stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong and around the world in the struggle against free trade and corporate globalization. Join us as we demand the right to organize unions!!

This Saturday December 10th at NOON
March begins at SW First and Salmon!
The Sixth WTO Ministerial Conference will be held in Hong Kong, China, 13-18 December 2005. People from around the world will gather for almost 2 weeks of actions in opposition to the policies of the World Trade Organization. Previous ministerial meetings in Cancun (2003) and Seattle (1999) have met with resistance that encouraged and emboldened those nations not benefiting from WTO policies to stall and deadlock the agenda of the richest nations. Actions in Hong Kong will be another nail in the coffin of the WTO.

In Portland Saturday December 10th has been designated a day of action in solidarity with the resistance to the WTO in Hong Kong
Also... 08.Dec.2005 16:29


D10 Press Release 08.Dec.2005 19:17

Jobs with Justice

Labor, Environmental and Community Coalition Says "No" to the WTO and "Yes" to the Right to Organize Unions

What: International Human Rights Day March and Rally

Where: Gather at The World Trade Center (SW Salmon & First). End at the Federal Building

When: Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 12:00 Noon

Portland, Ore. - The Oregon AFL-CIO, local unions in the Change to Win federation, local affiliates of the AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club, Jobs with Justice, CAUSA, the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee/Cross Border Labor Organizing Coalition, Cascadia Rising, Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering, VOZ, Oregon Fair Trade Coalition and other unions, environmental, immigrant and community groups are organizing for a major march and rally in commemoration of International Human Rights Day against the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in support of the right to organize unions.

Every 23 minutes, a U.S. worker is fired or discriminated against for union activity-a right enshrined in the International Declaration of Human Rights.

The event coincides with the WTO's Sixth Ministerial meeting in Hong Kong from December 13th -18th. Widespread global opposition to the WTO's anti-labor, anti-environmental and undemocratic policies has derailed past meetings in Seattle, WA in 1999 and Cancun, Mexico in 2003. The people of Portland and Vancouver will be marching in solidarity with the thousands who will be protesting in Hong Kong and around the world.

According to Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain, "Without the right to organize, there cannot be fair trade, and without fair trade, there cannot be a real right to organize in the U.S. or in any other country."

The march will pass by significant landmarks for local labor and environmental campaigns in order to highlight the local impact of anti-union and free trade policies. These landmarks include a building owned by Melvin Mark, a local building owner who contracts with non-union janitorial companies. Presently local janitors are asking him to contract with responsible janitorial companies. The march will also pass by the Federal Building, to draw attention to the fact that federal workers are being denied the right to unionize and to demonstrate against the free trade double standard that allows corporations to move across borders, yet penalizes human migration. Passing by the Forestry Building, marchers will speak out against the corporate giveaway of our national forests.

A key goal of the march is to urge Oregon's congressional delegation to support the Employee Free Choice Act and to oppose the WTO and upcoming free trade deals including the Andean Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) and Fast Track. As we recently saw at the Summit of the Americas in Mar de Plata, Argentina, governments and people throughout the world are demanding an end to the so-called "free trade" agenda and are calling for a just global economy.

Speakers will include Stewart Acuff, national AFL-CIO Director of Organizing.

AFGE 2157
American Friends Service Comm.
AFT- Coalition of Graduate Employees
AFT 2277
Brother to Brother
Cascadia Rising
End Corporate Personhood Action Group
Alliance for Democracy
Carpenters 247
Carpenters 1715
First Unitarian Church, Economic Justice Action Group
Laborers 296
Laborers 320
Laborers 483
Lake Oswego Education Association
Machinists 1005
NALC Branch 82
NW Progressive Community
Oregon AFL-CIO
Oregon Fair Trade Coalition
Pacific Green Party
Portland Firefighters
SEIU 503
Sierra Club
Steelworkers Ed. Committee
Students for Unity
Teamsters 206
Tualatin Valley Firefighters