Environmental and fair trade organizations take action against Rep. Blumenauers vote on trade
Groups to flyer Portland, Oregon to target wayward climate champion
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, May 26 a group of environmental and fair trade organizations including 350PDX, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace USA, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, and Portland Rising Tide will post flyers around the district office and home of Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) in response to his Committee vote for Fast Track trade promotion authority. The flyers say: “Missing: Climate Champion Earl Blumenauer/Captured by Corporate Polluters” and end with the appeal: “If found, please return him to the people.” This action is part of a larger effort by the groups to express their concerns with fast track to Rep. Blumenauer and other Congressmen.
On May 12, 2015, Food and Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, and Greenpeace USA launched a week-long TV ad campaign in Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. condemning Representative Blumenauer for turning his back on his climate and environmental record by joining Representative Ron Kind (D-Wis.) in voting for the Fast Track bill in the House Ways and Means Committee last month. The groups also posted the “Missing” flyers in Washington, D.C.With the exception of his fast track endorsement, Representative Blumenauer has been a champion on climate change and sustainable food and agricultural issues, and is an influential progressive in Congress.
Who: 350PDX, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace USA, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, Portland Rising Tide
What: Flyers condemning Representative Blumenauer for his endorsement of TPA
Where: Meeting at Grant Park, on the corner of NE 33rd and NE Grant Place
When: 5:30pm PDT Tuesday, May 26
Expert contact: Luisa Abbott Galvao, Friends of the Earth, (202) 222-0716, [email protected]
Communications contact: Kate Colwell, Friends of the Earth, (202) 222-0744, [email protected]