Alliance for Democracy

D5- Mobilize against the WTO ten years after Seattle

Posted in corporate government, D5, Seattle, WTO by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on December 3, 2009

 One last notice/reminder of this event this Saturday to mobilize against the WTO and corporate government.  Ten years have passed since We the People closed down the WTO in Seattle.  A lot has changed since then, but a lot as stayed the same.  One way it is the same is that even as we march in the streets of Portland and 200 other cities, the WTO will be meeting again in Geneva in another effort to finalize the Doha round of talks.
 
We will be at the rally/march and hope you will join us under the Alliance for Democracy banner. 
 
See you in the streets!

David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter 503 232 5495 www.afd-pdx.org



D5: Mobilization Against the World Trade Organization

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’s Hoffman Hall

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.

This week, the World Trade Organization is 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 crisis.  On their agenda is the expansion of 21 different trade pacts that would:

  • Cause further offshoring of local 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 future.  As part of this resistance, a broad coalition of over 65 labor, environmental, faith, human rights and community organizations across Oregon has organized a large-scale march and indoor rally in Portland for Saturday, December 5, 2009.  The day’s fantastic line-up of speakers includes Lori Wallach (Global Trade Watch), Tom Chamberlain (Oregon AFL-CIO), Francisco Lopez (CAUSA Oregon), Barbara Byrd (Oregon Apollo Alliance), Brent Foster (Oregon Department of Justice), Ken Allen (Oregon AFSCME) and Vandana Shiva (via video), as well as musical acts by Jim Page, Dr. Atomic’s Medicine Show and others. 

This is one of more than 200 events across the country, and hundreds more throughout the world.  Join the global movement saying “NO” to the WTO by participating in the “D5” march and rally.  For information on caravans from around the state, volunteer opportunities and other background items, please visit: www.december5.org

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