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Fast Track, TPP and TTIP Should Be Scrapped!
From the open publishing newswire: How scandalous that communities and states should lose their sovereignty to corporations! In the TTIP, corporations can sue states for lost profits. The threat of a lawsuit can have a chilling effect on labor and environmental protective regulations. A parallel private arbitration system (ISDS) is created that privileges foreign investors over labor and the environment. Public interest legislation is called a trade barrier or indirect expropriation. [...]
The increasingly aggressive statements of those who welcome the planned agreement imply there are only a few ideologically wrong-headed conservationists, social state dreamers and eternal opponents of globalization who oppose the TTIP with their non-governmental organizations driven by a mixture of anti-Americanism and conspiracy theories. But that is wrong. Millions of people, Americans and Europeans, prominent and non-prominent, US congresspersons and German mayors, unionists from Philadelphia and consumer protectors from Marseille, Spanish entrepreneurs and Austrian academics see the TTIP as dangerous. [...]
Call Sen Wyden at 503-326-7525
UPDATE: April 18: Oregon Rallies to Stop Fast Track! 1:00 PM
Voices on the Ground Community Social Work Conference June 6th and 7th at Portland State
From the open publishing newswire: Please join us for our 4th Annual Voices on the Ground Community Social Work conference, featuring keynote speaker Cheri Honkala!
Voices on the Ground Community Social Work Conference 2014
This year's theme: Resistance and Resilience
June 6th and 7th, 2014
Portland State University School of Social Work
1800 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 600
Featuring Keynote Speaker Cheri Honkala, Co-Founder and Organizer of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign and 2012 Green Party Vice-Presidential Candidate
Register at: bit.ly/1gPjJbE. While this is a fee-based event, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
For the past 25 years Cheri Honkala has been a leading advocate for poor and homeless in America. She co-founded the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. She has organized tens of thousands holding marches, demonstrations and setting up tent cities. Cheri brings her story and passion for continuing the Poor Peoples Movement in the United States and beyond.
The conference is filled with amazing workshops and presentations about innovative and critical approaches to human service work.
Portland Is First U.S. City to Divest Funds from Walmart
From the open publishing newswire: REPOST: On Thursday, May 15, the city of Portland got rid of $9 million, or 25 percent, of its investments in Walmart. This marks the beginning of a divestment program that will purge Portland's investment portfolio of $36 million in Walmart bonds by 2016, according to a press release. The divestment plan is part of the city's responsible investment initiative, introduced by City Commissioner Steve Novick, and adopted in October 2013. The initiative also prohibits the city from purchasing Walmart bonds in the future.
From the open publishing newswire: I realize this may not be the place, But I feel I have little other choice but to put TriMet on Blast. Anyone who still insists that this is the "best" public transit agency in America either owns stock with them, are paid to propagate such LIES, or are simply lying to themselves!
How [else] can I address an issue concerning TriMet?
On Tuesday March 25th 2013 I attempted to purchase a 7-day pass from a ticket machine at Pioneer Square. I was paying with cash. But the machine suddenly canceled the transaction without giving me my money back. It did NOT give me my pass, either. I had no choice but to ride home illegally on an expired pass that night (we all know how much TriMet despises fare cheats).
I contacted TriMet the following day and told them what happened. Several days later they sent me a letter telling me that a "reconciliation" had been performed on that machine, but they claimed there was no excess currency and thus, would not reimburse me. I called their CS again and it turns out they had gotten the date wrong. I gave them the correct date on which the incident had occurred and was told I would be contacted. I was not. After waiting patiently for more than a week, I called them back again. I was told the same thing and that I would not be reimbursed my $26, nor given a pass.
The so-called "customer service" rep. I spoke to on the phone "suggested" that next time,[...]
Videos: Coal Trains and Tar Sands - Impacts on The Pacific Northwest. Two Video Lectures
From the open publishing newswire: Two lectures filmed at WSU on the impact of the proposed oil and coal terminals and the transporting of carbon products through the Northwest to Asia:
(1) "4.10.14 Climate impacts of the proposed fossil fuel export facilities in the Pacific NW"
(2) "2.6.14 Tar Sands Threats to the Northwest WSU Lecture by professor Ian Urquhart"
Watch video on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/GEKeG7qPKxA [Video 1 hour 10 minutes] Eric de Place, Climate and energy expert gives a public lecture at WSU on 4.10.14.
De Place spearheads Sightline's work on climate and energy policy and is a leading Northwest expert on strategies to cut carbon pollution. He writes extensively about coal and oil exports, and is considered an authority on a range of issues connected to fossil fuel transport, including carbon emissions, railway congestion, coal dust, water pollution and economics.
http://youtu.be/ANtE6R8enJE [video 1. hour 42. minutes] "2.6.14 Tar Sands Threats to the Northwest WSU Lecture by professor Ian Urquhart"
FREE Public Lecture presented by WSU Center for Social and Environmental Justice: Tar Sands Threats to the Northwest - Canada's Tar Sands: Destination Anywhere?
WSU 2.6.14 Lecture by professor Ian Urquhart
May Day 2014 PDX
From the open publishing newswire: Rally at 3:00 PM | March from 4:00-5:30 PM
May 1 2014 - South Park Blocks PDX
"PEOPLE OVER PROFIT"
We want to encourage everyone to come out this May Day and stand united for social & economic justice. Together we can build a movement to take back our communities .
As we approach International Workers Day in 2014, we find ourselves facing unprecedented cuts to public services including education, street and park maintenance, social services, unemployment insurance and much more. As a result we are seeing a rapid increase in symptoms of poverty including houselessness and food insecurity. Along with all of this we continue to experience attacks on people of color, immigrants, working families, women, students and our right to organize.
Our response to this onslaught against humanity is to organize and FIGHT BACK!!
People Over Profit!
Video: Fast Track Is A Flop!
From the open publishing newswire: Rally at the offices of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, the new Finance Committee Chair, encouraging him to not introduce a new version of Fast Track that could sneak the job-killing Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement through Congress without meaningful debate or amendments.
Fast Track Is A Flop! [video] Fast Track is an obsolete, undemocratic process that needs to go the way of the dinosaurs!
Organized by Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, the rally was moderated by Elizabeth Swagger and featured two speakers who spoke about TPP from the perspective of small business and displaced high tech workers.
Following the rally, Elizabeth and others entered the building and sought to deliver thousands of floppy disks signed by citizens opposing both the TPP and Fast Track.
During that interval various citizens took the bull horn and addressed the crowd addressing the Trans Pacific Partnership effects on national sovereignty, jobs, the environment, cost of life saving medicines, as well as several others.
LNG Opponents Call on Kitzhaber to Protect the State’s Rivers and Ratepayers
From the open publishing newswire: Medford, OR - Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) took the long-expected step of granting a conditional export license to the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Oregon... The Jordan Cove project calls for building an export terminal at Coos Bay on the Oregon coast, which would allow liquefied natural gas to be exported overseas. The terminal would be supplied by a proposed 235-mile-long pipeline, called the Pacific Connector, which would cross privately and publicly owned lands in southern Oregon and connect to existing pipelines running north-south from British Columbia to California.
Susan Jane Brown, staff attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center, explained the context for the decision. "DOE did not attempt to address the myriad environmental issues with the project," she said. "Instead, other state and federal agencies will examine Jordan Cove's compliance with numerous laws, and ultimately, the federal courts will ensure that the project won't destroy the waters, wildlife, and public lands that Oregonians cherish. We believe it is clear that the LNG terminal and pipeline will harm our natural resources and that the projects should not proceed."
Fast Track Is A Flop: Petition Delivery to Ron Wyden's Office
From the open publishing newswire: When: Thursday March 20th, 12pm to 1pm
Where: The Federal Building Plaza at Ron Wyden's Office, 911 NE 11th Ave
We need to tell Senator Wyden that Fast Track is an obsolete, undemocratic process that needs to go the way of the dinosaurs!
Thanks to massive grassroots resistance, we have derailed the recent Fast Track bill for the Trans-Pacific Partnership! But we are not safe, yet. Senator Ron Wyden, the new Finance Committee Chair, is deciding right now whether to introduce a new version of Fast Track that could sneak the job-killing TPP through Congress without meaningful debate or amendments.
Please join us in signing floppy discs and delivering them to Senator Wyden's Portland office during the Senate Recess! We will have discs to sign on the day of the delivery. Your participation in pressuring our congresspeople to do the right thing is the only way to fight to the TPP. Thank you!
To sign the petition, click here
Video: Jan. 31 Inter-Continental Day of Action against the TPP & Corporate Globalization
From the open publishing newswire: Jan. 31 Inter-Continental Day of Action against the TPP & Corporate Globalization Protest / Rally at PSU on 1.31.14 in Portland Oregon
42 minute Video from the Portland Oregon rally
also a link for Archive dot org as well:
Date: Friday, January 31, 2014
Place: Across North America
No more NAFTA Â— 20 Years is Enough!
This is a call to action for communities throughout Mexico, Canada and the United States to join together on January 31, 2014, and say "ENOUGH!" to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other corporate "trade" deals.
RELATED PIMC POST: Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a bad idea
NAFTA has shown a sure result of free trade agreements is they punish and benefit certain sectors of various societies. The Trans Pacific Partnership is a similar bad idea that will enrich the elite rich at the expense of the middle classes.
H. Ross Perot, the independent candidate for US president in 1992, said if NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, were passed you would hear a "giant sucking sound" as jobs left the US for Mexico.
Well, there was no giant sucking sound caused by an immediate job loss after Clinton won the election and NAFTA was passed in 1994; but since then NAFTA has caused the destruction of hundreds of thousands of good middle class manufacturing jobs in the US that were sent to Mexico, causing the erstwhile holders of those jobs in the US to be displaced to lower class service jobs.
The so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, as secret as it is, is apparently little more than another trade agreement among nine nations, including the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Peru and others, and most likely will produce the same results in the US as NAFTA, hollowing out even more middle class manufacturing jobs that have survived in the US.
According to capitalistic economic theory, free trade raises [...]
TPP RELATED VIDEO LINK by Jim Lockhart: http://youtu.be/p5ahTUPCxa4
KBOO Receives Grant to Investigate ALEC Ties to Oregon Legislation
From the open publishing newswire: KBOO Receives Grant to Investigate ALEC Ties to Oregon Legislation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Portland, OR - KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FM ( http://www.kboo.fm) has been awarded a five thousand dollar grant from the Fund For Investigative Journalism (FIJ) to conduct an investigation of Oregon legislation which has been influenced or created by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
With this grant, KBOO volunteer investigative reporters will review Oregon state legislative activities to uncover ALEC influences on bills introduced in the Oregon state legislature between 2011 and 2014. KBOO investigative reporters have already, through their research, discovered direct links between three pieces of Oregon legislation, including the so-called 'Oregon GMO Protection Bill' passed as part of the special session in December 2013.
ALEC is an organization consisting of state legislators and corporate representatives, whose aim is to introduce legislation at the state level to advance the principles of free-market enterprise, limited government, and federalism.
The resulting data will be broadcast to KBOO's listenership through audio reports, a special section on the KBOO website http://www.kboo.fm, and included in a publication by the Center for Media and Democracy.
Black Friday Walmart Protest. 11:00am - respect your workers, stop paying poverty wages
From the open publishing newswire: On Black Friday in Portland Oregon, JwJ and UFCW555 are working with the "Making Change at Wal-Mart" national campaign to support wal-Mart workers in their dealings with Wal-Mart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Wal-Mart publicly commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. Meet at 11AM @ 4200 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR.
Meet in solidarity at 11AM @ 4200 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR.?
On Black Friday we will bring a strong message to WAL-MART "respect your workers, stop paying poverty wages!"
Portland Jobs with Justice is committed to supporting workers taking bold risks to demand better jobs and working conditions. That's why we bring together labor, community, faith, and student activists to support the courageous workers on strike at Wal-Mart
Walmart jobs don't allow workers to live better. Walmart pays its associates an average of just $8.81 an hour, so an employee who works Walmart's definition of full-time - 34 hours per week - makes just $15,500 per year, placing them squarely below the poverty line. And those full-time positions aren't the norm. To avoid having to pay employees benefits, the company increasingly hires part-time positions - subjecting associates to erratic schedules, limited job security, and even less opportunity to make ends meet. [...]
[Facebook] Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/236112673214899/
Previous PIMC Post on recent Wal-Mart Protest for Fair Wages in June 2013:
[includes 33 minute video]
Video: Kathleen Dean Moore-If Your House Is On Fire
From the open publishing newswire: Kathleen Dean Moore, professor of philosophy and environmental ethics, speaks on climate activism. An excellent presentation. She was the speaker at an event in Portland Oregon educating people about industry attempts to move oil, coal and gas through the northwest.
If Your House Is On Fire