For Immediate Release
February 10, 2015

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Filipino Solidarity Week: DOWN WITH THE TPPA! 

Portland Committee for Human Right’s in the Philippines (PCHRP) and Oregon Fair Trade Campaign say NO to the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). This agreement is dangerous in two main ways: one, it will restrict international property laws and two, is the lack of transparency to the public and how these agreement documents have been kept out of the public eye. This agreement will exploit the working class and third world countries as greedy capitalist companies like Wal-Mart, Goldman Sachs, and Philip Morris look to make profit. 

Once again we see the disregard these greedy companies have for human lives as they try to make a quick buck. Right now, President Obama is asking Congress to Fast Track this deal with little debate and congressional oversight. If the TPPA goes through, it will affect our free speech, trade policies, how we get our medicine, and our environment. 

Just like NAFTA, this will ship jobs overseas to exploit third world countries to make profit. The Philippines will feel the brunt of this as companies will look to exploit our people and more human right’s violations will occur. This has the potential of destroying the Filipino peoples land, as mining corporations look to mine the natural resources that the Philippines is well known for. This will lead to displacement of Indigenous communities and killings of indigenous leaders and other community leaders, like the Capion Family who were killed by by Xstrata-SMI and the 27th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The Armed Forces of the Philippines are continually being used as cronies for U.S. Imperialist agendas and are not serving or protecting the people whom they have sworn to protect and in fact are being used by U.S. transnational corporations to support the continued plunder and stealing of land against the will of the Filipino People.  

We CALL TO ACTION the Filipino Community in Portland & the working class all over the world to oppose the TPPA and say NO to Fast Track. For Oregonians please call and email Sen. Wyden & Rep. Blumenauer's Offices to tell him we don’t agree with the TPPA by dialing (202) 224-3121. And join us for a day of action with the 2015 Fair Trade or Bus Tour in Oregon on Wednesday, February 18th. We will speak out for good-paying jobs and a healthy environment by saying no to fast tracking the TPP. Get on the bus 9am, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock. 10am Rep Bonamici's Office (12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton), 12pm rally outside Congressman Blumenauer's office then march to Senator Wyden's office (729 NE Oregon Street), 3pm Rep Schrader's office (544 Ferry Street SE, Salem). Join for the full day or any one of the stops. RSVP: elizabeth@oregonfairtrade.org. 

For more info on this issue you can visit, StopFastTrack.com

Down with the TPPA!
NO to FAST TRACK!
Filipino International Solidarity Week! 

-Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
-Oregon Fair Trade Campaign 

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PCHRP: Portland Committee for Human Rights is an organization composed of Filipino and Filipino American immigrant youth, students, professionals, workers, and allies working together in solidarity to advance the national democratic movement of the Philippines in the U.S. through education, leadership development, and political action. PCHRP is a member organization of Bayan USA, an alliance of 18 progressive Filipino organizations in the U.S. representing students, scholars, women, workers, artists, and youth, which serves as an information bureau for the national democratic movement of the Philippines and as a center for educating, organizing, and mobilizing anti-imperialist and progressive Filipinos in the U.S.

Oregon Fair Trade Campaign: The Oregon Fair Trade Campaign is a statewide grassroots organization committed to fighting for trade policy that:

-prioritizes quality jobs in communities across the state
-creates markets for Oregon products byraising the standard of livingin neighboring  countries
-enforces consistent standards for labor and the environment across borders
-allows our producers to compete on a level playing field