Wednesday, April 8, 2015

After the Rally Against Fast-Track Corporate Takeover, 7 p.m. Salem Progressive Film Series!

The Human Experiment lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes and inside of us. Simultaneously, the prevalence of many diseases continues to rise. From Oscar® winner Sean Penn and Emmy® winning journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, The Human Experiment tells the personal stories of people who believe their lives have been affected by chemicals and takes viewers to the front lines as activists go head-to-head with the powerful and well-funded chemical industry. These activists bring to light a corrupt system that’s been hidden from consumers... until now.

Tomorrow, at 5 p.m. Rally against the Fast Track to Hell, with Foreign Corporations Trumping US Laws

Thanks to Wikileaks, we got a peek into the secret 'investment chapter' of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It's just as bad as we expected.

One particular clause regarding disputes between corporations and governments would establish courts that would allow corporations to sue for loss of "expected profits” if a government passed any laws to regulate dangerous products or business practices. This would effectively allow corporations to circumvent environmental standards, labor laws, and product safety protections established by governments to protect its citizens. We can already see the harm this could cause in places like Australia and Togo, where Phillip Morris sued the governments for millions as a result of stricter laws on tobacco packaging.

It's easy to see other areas where corporations would love to sue governments. McDonald's filed suit in Washington State in reaction to Seattle's groundbreaking $15 minimum wage law. Imagine how many companies could try to spin things like sick leave or maternity leave as policies that cut into their profits.

The TPP is a dangerous deal that will erode our democracy. We have to ensure that Oregon legislators stand with working families, when it comes time to vote.

Join us for a rally to ensure that Rep. Kurt Schrader is on the right side of this deal.

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 5PM
Rep. Kurt Schrader’s Salem office
544 Ferry Street, S.E., Ste. 2, Salem, OR 97301

In a recent poll by Public Policy Polling, a whopping 73% of Oregonians were opposed to fast tracking TPP. We’re going to make sure that all of Oregon’s Congressional delegates know that Oregonians won’t stand for secret trade deals that hurt our economy, our environment, and our families.

Meet us April 9th to get the word out about the fast track.

Oregon Innocence Project: This is Innocence event on May 14th

Please join me in supporting an important cause:  the Oregon Innocence Project's  This is Innocence event.  It's on Thursday, May 14th at 6:00 pm, at the Mercy Corps Action Center.  Tickets are $125 and include heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer.  The ticket sales go towards supporting the critical work of exonerating the innocent in Oregon's prisons and training the next generation of public interest lawyers.  Tickets can be purchased here:
OIP is hosting guest speaker Jennifer Thompson, a rape victim who wrongly identified her attacker and sent the wrong person to prison.  DNA later freed that man, Ronald Cotton, and the two wrote a book together about the unreliability of eyewitness identification and the beauty in forgiveness called  Picking Cotton .
Also speaking will be Rep. Jennifer Williamson from House Dist. 36 and Steve Wax, OIP's Legal Director.  More about the event can be found at their website:
I hope you can join me in supporting this worthwhile cause and come out for a great evening.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Oregon Innocence Project's Associate Director, Amie Wexler, at