Alliance for Democracy

Correction of yesterdays message/ D5 rally/march announcement

Posted in Commerce Clause, POCLAD, WTO by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on November 30, 2009
First, thanks to everyone who read the email yesterday written in response to Carol Marie Leuthold’s letter asking people to vote No on Measures 66 and 67 which would increase taxes on the wealthy and corporations.  Because you forwarded that message, I received responses from people around the state.
I did make an error in the piece, however.  I said that the new minimum corporate income tax of $100,000 on revenue of $100 million would amount to a tax of 1/1000th.  That is not correct.  I feared I might be wrong: I guess my math skills have gotten a bit rusty over the years.  It is actually a tenth of one percent. That is still extremely low. Not the kind of tax that would cause anyone to lose a job.  
Pasted below is a final reminder of the march/rally against the World Trade Organization on Saturday Dec 5th here in Portland.  I hope that you can all be there.  Look for the Alliance for Democracy banner and say hi.  We will be handing out flyers on the role the WTO has had on the development of our current economic crisis.  I have attached a copy to this email.  
Lastly, please read this from POCLAD (Program on Corporate Law and Democracy  Article points out that the “Free Trade” regime foisted onto the US and the world has been the standard operating model for trade and democracy inside the US since the US Supreme Court started using the US Constitution’s Commerce Clause to overrule the local and state governments decision making power. The author, Jane Anne Morris, has written a book on the development of the Commerce Clause and its use titled,  Gaveling Down the Rabble, How “Free Trade” is Stealing our Democracy.  So the article titled “Free Trade’s Footprint a Decade After Seattle” is available at

David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter


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 the Pacific 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 65 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: 


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