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From Elizabeth Swager of Oregon Fair Trade

Dear friends,

The Senate vote today was a tough loss. We’ve seen several victories along the way. We defeated the Camp-Baucus fast track bill last year, and stopped the original Ryan-Hatch-Wyden bill in the House just a little over a week ago. But Republicans and the White House were able to make enough sweetheart deals that cloture for Fast Track passed with a single vote, 60-37.

We have a lot of be proud of here. Our struggle against Fast Track built a movement. Allies from labor, enviros, immigrant rights, access to medicines came together on a common front. We united against the largest most powerful corporate interests in the world, and we came so close. It’s a true testament to your good work and will lay the foundation for the next episode in the battle for people over profits.

As you know, next is stopping the TPP itself. Proponents know there is little time to pass the TPP with the upcoming Presidential campaign cycle and Congressional elections on the way. We have built tremendous momentum in this fight, if we keep it victory is within reach.

Thank you for all your incredible work.

In Solidarity,

Elizabeth Swager
Oregon Fair Trade Campaign

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Worldwide protests took place yesterday November 14, 2014 all over the world in an effort to stop President Obama’s great scheme to redistribute massive amounts of democracy and income from the 99 to the 1 percent via the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest income redistribution treaty of all time. The grannies in the video above are singing against the TPP.

In Portland, Oregon citizen’s met in front of Wall Street Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office. Led by Elizabeth Swager of Oregon Fair Trade, the citizen’s went inside to voice their concerns to the congressman’s staff. Then they strolled to Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden’s office to voice their concerns.

In typical fashion, both the senator and the congressman vote liberally on most social issues. Then, when nobody is looking, and certainly not the corporate press, these two Wall Street favorites consistently vote to redistribute income from the 99 to the 1 percent. Wyden has a 100 percent voting record to this purpose.

The TPP is called a free trade treaty, but it has almost nothing to do with trade. It’s mainly about curbing Internet freedom, raising the prices of pharmaceutical drugs, curbing Wall Street regulations, eliminating local and state laws protecting the health of citizens and the environment, exporting millions of American jobs overseas and redistributing the difference between the old higher and new lower wages into the already fat pockets of the 1 percent. The TPP is about exporting millions of Latin American jobs to Asia and the difference between the old wages and the new will go to the 1 percent. It’s about driving millions of Latin Americans illegally into the US and pushing wage rates down here, and the difference between the old wages and the new lower wages will go to the 1 percent via higher corporate profits, rising dividends and soaring share prices.

And this is just a tiny bit of what we know about the most secretly negotiated treaty in US history. That’s from leaked documents.

The treaty will redistribute democracy and the income of millions of American citizens to the 1 percent via a variety of legal mechanisms within the treaty. In other words, Obama, Wyden, Blumenauer and Wall Street Republican Senator Mitch McConnell are rigging the legal, governmental, and financial game against the 99 percent even more than they already have. This so-called treaty is a death blow to the middle class in America.

So where are the conservative raging grandmothers?

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These concerned citizens are voicing their displeasure with Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden’s position on Fast Track, which is legislation allowing for a quick, decisive knockout blow to the US middle class by redistributing massive amounts of their income and political power to the senator’s constituents on Wall Street and among the other 1 percent via the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), also known as NAFTA on Steroids. BTW, yours truly is holding the K, and there is no mention of this event or the TPP in the local corporate owned propaganda machine, also know erroneously known as the corporate press. The photo above is from Oregon Fair Trade.[/caption]

Oregon Fair Trade Campaign and others, such as Alliance for Democracy and labor unions, delivered over 13,000 names on old tech floppy disks to Sen Wyden’s Portland Oregon office. The message boards read FAST TRACK IS A FLOP, but the folks in Wyden’s office would not accept the disks! They claimed it was security issue, even though the disks made it through security checks. Wyden is Wall Street’s point man on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). This so-called free trade treaty does a ton of good for Wall Street and publicly traded corporations, and all at the expense of the 99 percent. That’s why this treaty was negotiated in top secrecy, and with only 600 corporate lobbyists allowed to attend and assist the various negotiators. Wyden has a 100 percent record of supporting legislation and treaties that redistribute income and wealth from the 99 to the 1 percent. That’s why Wall Street executives like this treaty, that’s why Nike’s Phil Knight loves this treaty, and that’s precisely why Wall Street and Nike Senator Ron Wyden gushes with joy over this treaty. The TPP is not the only flop for the American people, Ron Wyden is complete flop and failure at representing the people of Oregon year after year after year on economic matters, 100 percent of the time.

Elizabeth Swager, the director of Oregon Fair Trade, is heading to the Portland Oregon office of Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden to deliver over 13,000 signatures on floppy disks opposing legislation called Fast Track, which is something Wall Street and Wyden want. Such legislation will allow a quick yes or no vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership, the largest redistribution of income from the 99 to the 1 percent treaty ever written, mostly by corporate lobbyists, which is why the treaty is the most secretly negotiated treaty in US history. Photo above is from Alliance for Democracy.

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