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Obama in Hillsboro|Protests about Korea Free Trade Agreement

Posted in Investor Protection Clauses, Korea Free Trade Agreement, South Korea Free Trade Agreement by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on February 18, 2011
President Obama will be in Hillsboro OR at the Intel plant on Friday February 18, and, while this is short notice, I hope that some of you might be able to be there and greet him as part of a protest rally against his plans to bring the US -Korea Free Trade Agreement up for a vote.  All the details are below. 

And for more details on the agreement, the investor-protection clauses, what gets counted as an American made auto (made in America could mean made in China), how labor is treated in Korea, and how the agreement would impact the ability of both governments to gain control over their financial sectors, read this informative article by Lori Wallach, The Korea Trade Deal Is a Lose-Lose.  Another article worth reading is this one by Ian Fletcher, Stop the Korea Free Trade Agreement. Read more by Ian on his blog.

While many of you will not be able to be there (I have to work), you can read the above information and write to the editor of the Oregonian (and your US Representative), explaining why you oppose this Bush written, now Obama pushed agreement.  And that article by Ian has some good quotes from when Obama was on the campaign trail.  At that time he was opposed to the agreement. (more…)

Posted in Investor Protection Clauses, Korea Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, Sen Ron Wyden by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on February 5, 2011

President Obama promoted the Bush negotiated NAFTA style Korea (South) Free Trade Agreement during his State of the Union address. He said,  “And last month, we finalized a trade agreement with South Korea that will support at least 70,000 American jobs. This agreement has unprecedented support from business and labor, Democrats and Republicans — and I ask this Congress to pass it as soon as possible.

“Now, before I took office, I made it clear that we would enforce our trade agreements, and that I would only sign deals that keep faith with American workers and promote American jobs. That’s what we did with Korea, and that’s what I intend to do as we pursue agreements with Panama and Colombia and continue our Asia Pacific and global trade talks.”

Note that he said that this agreement would support 70,000, not that that number would be created. (more…)

Korea “Free” Trade Agreement: Say No!

Posted in CAFTA, Investor Protection Clauses, investor protections, NAFTA, South Korea Free Trade Agreement, UAW, UFCW, Uncategorized by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on December 9, 2010

By now most of you realize that President Obama has gone backward on his campaign promise to look at the effects of past “free trade” agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Central American Free Trade Agreement and renegotiate them.  This renegotiation promise was part of his campaign of hope, which all people now realize, if they didn’t during the campaign, was for public consumption to get the vote but was not to be taken seriously as a guide for future action.

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Korea-US trade agreement and gold mining in El Salvador‏

Posted in Investor Protection Clauses, Pacific Rim Mining, South Korea Free Trade Agreement by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on August 31, 2010

As noted before, President Obama is set to introduce the Korea United States Free Trade Agreement into Congress after the November election.  A group of Oregon state senators and representatives signed onto a letter addressed to Oregon Senator Wyden as the chair of the Senator subcommittee to hold hearings on the agreement, asking that he be sure that the investor protection clauses be removed.  (more…)