Alliance for Democracy

One month to go until “D5″‏

Posted in Corporate Globalization, WTO by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on November 5, 2009

Mark it on your calendar. One month from now the WTO will hold their 2009 Ministerial meeting exactly 10 years since their defeat in the streets of Seattle. Below are the details of the gathering, march and rally to commerate the 10th anniverary of the Battle in Seattle. And we want to have a large turnout, so plan now on being there.

Also, if you can volunteer to help with the event, please see the list following this announcement for volunteer needs. email involved@december5.org if you can help with any of this.

Thanks David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter 503 232 5495 http://www.afd-pdx.org (

This email will be posted on the Alliance for Democacy blog at https://afdportland.wordpress.com/blog/) ——————————————————————————–

D5: Mobilization Against the 2009 WTO Ministerial Saturday, December 5th * Downtown Portland 12:00 Noon – Gather at Tom McCall Waterfront Park (under the Hawthorne Bridge) 1:00 pm – March to the World Trade Center, Federal Building and Wells Fargo Building 2:00 pm – Indoor Rally and Concert at Portland State University

As part of the global days of action against the new World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial, people from across Northwest will be converging in downtown Portland to speak out against the proposed expansion of failed “free trade” policies and to demand the prioritization of human needs over corporate greed.

That week, the World Trade Organization will be holding its largest negotiations on international trade and investment in many years. During the new WTO conference, government officials and corporate lobbyists will be promoting the expansion of business-as-usual trade policies as a solution to, rather than a cause of, the global economic and environmental crises.

On their agenda is the expansion of pacts that would:

  • Cause further offshoring of Oregon jobs
  • Prohibit new banking regulations designed to prevent the next financial crisis
  • Force global warming policies to conform with restrictive commercial agreements
  • Expand agricultural practices that push small farmers off their land and force migration
  • Require countries to accept imported foods and consumer goods that fail to meet local safety standards

    We need to fight back. This latest WTO Ministerial — only the fourth in the past decade — falls on the exact 10-year anniversary of the hugely-successful Seattle WTO protests. It is time to reclaim the “Spirit of Seattle,” come together as affected communities and take control over the policy decisions that affect our economic and ecological well-being.

    As part of this resistance, a broad coalition of over 50 labor, environmental, faith, human rights and community organizations across Oregon are organizing a large-scale march and indoor rally in Portland for Saturday, December 5, 2009. Similar actions will be held that week in cities and towns throughout the globe.

    Join the global movement saying “NO” to the WTO by participating in the “D5” march and rally. For information on buses and caravans, volunteer opportunities, educational events and other background items, please visit: www.december5.org
    ——————————- VOLUNTEER ROLES ——————————————-
    BRIDGE POINT: Steve Hughes
    MARSHAL POINT: Chris Ferlazzo
    POLICE LIASON: Greg Margolis
    RALLY POINT: Arthur Stamoulis
    RALLY TECH LIAISON: Ken Cropper
    CARAVAN POINT:
    PHOTOGRAPHER:
    VIDEOGRAPHER:
    HAWTHORNE BRIDGE · Set-Up (5 people) · Trash (1 person) · Break-down (5 people) · Event sign-in (8 people)
    MARCH · Marshals (20 – 30 people) · Street Theater o World Trade Center (? People) o Federal Building (4 People) o Wells Fargo (? People) RALLY · Set up (5 people) · Ushers (10 people) · Overflow Point (1 person) · Emcees/Talent Aids (5 people) · Overflow Marshals (5 people) · Breakdown (5 people) MEDIA · Media Point (1 person) · Media Helpers (3 people)

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