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Rally protest TPP outside Wyden and Blumenauer's office Wed.

WHAT: Portland Rallies Against Fast-Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (worse than WTO and NAFTA)
WHEN: Wednesday, April 8 at 12:15 p.m.
WHERE: Courtyard outside the offices of Sen. Wyden and Rep. Blumenauer
911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland (map)

RSVP:  http://sc.org/ORStandsAgainstFastTrack

Questions: Contact Morgan Gratz-Weiser at  morgan.gratzweiser@sierraclub.org.

Together, we'll call on Senator Wyden and Congressman Blumenauer to stand with Oregonians to ensure trade agreements protect the environment. We must keep the pressure on our representatives to reject fast track legislation that seeks to rush the TPP and similar trade deals through Congress.

We'll have great speakers and some fun chants, and will deliver letters to the members. Please feel free to write a personal letter to the representatives telling them specifically why you are opposed to fast track. If you'd like, ride your bike (or bring it!) to show our representatives we're committed to a clean, green future!
So-called "free trade" agreements have a history of putting corporate profits above environmental and public health around the globe. Responsible trade agreements must have strong protections against illegal logging, trade of endangered wildlife, and dangerous fossil fuel exports. The Trans-Pacific Partnership simply doesn't do enough to protect our air, water, and wildlife.

As pressure mounts for a deal in Congress, the time is now for a critical push against fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership!

Join Sierra Club with environment groups and partners for a lunch hour rally at the offices of Senator Wyden and Representative Blumenauer.

Salem -TTP rally - 4/9/15 08.Apr.2015 15:07

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Just a reminder that our rally at Rep. Kurt Schrader's office in Salem is tomorrow at 5!

We're going to make sure that all of Oregon's representatives know that Oregonians don't support the TPP. That starts tomorrow.

Join us for a rally to make sure Rep. Schrader is on the right side of this deal.

We'll see you there!

Karly Edwards
State Director
Oregon Working Families


Thanks to Wikileaks, we got a peek into the secret 'investment chapter' of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It's just as bad as we expected.

One particular clause regarding disputes between corporations and governments would establish courts that would allow corporations to sue for loss of "expected profits" if a government passed any laws to regulate dangerous products or business practices. This would effectively allow corporations to circumvent environmental standards, labor laws, and product safety protections established by governments to protect its citizens. We can already see the harm this could cause in places like Australia and Togo, where Phillip Morris sued the governments for millions as a result of stricter laws on tobacco packaging.

It's easy to see other areas where corporations would love to sue governments. McDonald's filed suit in Washington State in reaction to Seattle's groundbreaking $15 minimum wage law. Imagine how many companies could try to spin things like sick leave or maternity leave as policies that cut into their profits.

The TPP is a dangerous deal that will erode our democracy. We have to ensure that Oregon legislators stand with working families, when it comes time to vote.

Join us for a rally to ensure that Rep. Kurt Schrader is on the right side of this deal.

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 5PM
Rep. Kurt Schrader's Salem office
544 Ferry Street, S.E., Ste. 2, Salem, OR 97301

In a recent poll by Public Policy Polling, a whopping 73% of Oregonians were opposed to fast tracking TPP. We're going to make sure that all of Oregon's Congressional delegates know that Oregonians won't stand for secret trade deals that hurt our economy, our environment, and our families.

 http://action.workingfamilies.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=424846 [map] {info]

TTIP, TPP and Fast Track should be scrapped! 10.Apr.2015 11:26

marc marc1seed@yahoo.com

You can download an Alternative Trade Mandate at www.alternativetrademandate.org. ATM should be easy to remember. 50 NGOs from Europe crafted this Alternative Mandate. States should be able to protect themselves from speculation and bank deregulation.

Corporations in the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the US, 800 million people)create a parallel private legal system of tribunals to sue states, e.g. Philip Morris is suing Australia and Uruguay for lost profits! Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement. The judge is a corporate lawyer and the tribunals often meet in hotels! Corporations can sue states but states cannot sue corporations and the decisions are irrevocable.

Sovereignty is given to corporations and legislators and communities are stripped of power. A "chilling effect" will end labor and environmental regulations. Violea, a French waste disposal company operating in Egypt is suing because of a higher minimum wage. Vattenfall, a Swedish energy conglomerate, is suing Germany for 4 billion euros for closing two decrepit nuclear plants! Some Europeans fear Americanization and privatization of public sector jobs, hospitals, universities, bookstores etc.
TTIP and TPP should be scrapped along with Fast Track! A million jobs were promised with NAFTA and 700,000 jobs were lost. Immigration doubled when US subsidized corn was dumped on Mexico! What a scandal to runaway from the negative effects of NAFTA and confuse night and day!