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The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a NAFTA style trade agreement between the U.S. and eleven other nations circling the Pacific Ocean, and would affect roughly forty percent of the world’s economy.
All negotiations shaping the TPP have taken place in highly secret meetings, with virtually no transparency or input from the public or non-corporate advocacy groups.
The limited information that is available to the public has been leaked, but indicates that the trade agreement would loosen labor laws, establish corporate authority in regional lawsuits, water down environmental regulation, and prioritize corporate monopoly over economic diversity.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch has stated he wants to introduce fast-track legislation for the TPP that would allow the Obama Administration to bypass congressional review and avoid a period of inquiry into the trade agreement.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, who previously opposed the fast-tracking legislation, over the last week voiced support for it.
Today he published a statement that no fast track hearing will be necessary in congress, but activists are concerned about his wavering on this important issue.
A group of Activists have set up a protest, including a tent, where they are ready to wait for Wyden, at his home in south east Portland.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Paige, one of the protesters at Senator Wyden’s house.
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The Commission said that there is an appearance of discrimination, but stopped short of accusing the city of actually discriminating against hip hop performers and venues.
One of the artists interviewed for the investigation was Glenn Waco, a rapper from Saint Johns, who has also been active in the recent protests in Portland against police brutality and the grand jury decision in Ferguson Missouri and New York City.
KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke to Glenn Waco this afternoon about the IPR’s report.
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In the Pacific Northwest and across the country, the disease continues to have a siproportionate impact on the African American and LGBT communities.
On Sunday November 30th at 6 pm, a group of poets living with HIV will share their experiences at the Ainsworth United Church of Christ at northeast 29th and Ainsworth in Portland.
And on Monday, December 1st, also at 6 pm, Chrysalis Ministries will be presenting a film and panel discussion to try to break through some of the stigmas surrounding HIV and AIDS. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Pastor Renee Ward, the organizer of the December 1st event in Portland:
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The panel, organized by PICO National Network, will also highlight the broader problems surrounding the U.S. justice system and a way forward for the grieving Ferguson community. Rev. Michael McBride, director of PICO’s Live Free Campaign, will moderate the panel. “While media and politicians like Gov. Nixon are focused on the threat of violent protests, looting and rioting, they are still not addressing the root of the problem – a broken justice and political system that systematically leaves communities of color devalued and disenfranchised,” McBride said. “Many communities of color have lived in a state of emergency for decades; they’ve been oppressed and hurting for decades. It’s long past time we start talking about the positive power of the young people in this community who are searching for a way forward for Ferguson, for justice and against the dehumanization of people of color."
*Rev. Traci D. Blackmon, Pastor, Christ The King United Church of Christ
*Teff Poe, Youth Activist, Rapper
* Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter
*Rika Tyler, Youth Activist
*T-Dubb-O, Youth Activist, Rapper
*Rev. Michael McBride, director Lifelines to Healing Campaign, PICO National Network
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