Prevent the Weakening of Environmental & Labor Laws in Asia

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) is coming to San Francisco, November 11-19 to establish major international trade deals. The ministers and businesses involved prioritize corporate profits over people’s needs while crafting agreements that will impact over 3 billion people around the world. Join with us in supporting the People’s Counter Summit  on Nov.11 and action on Nov.12th and other Actions Against APEC to build a movement highlighting the struggles and resistance of workers, migrants, youth, women and many others in the face of corporate-government collusion!  There will be a large response again on Nov.15th when all of the heads of government arrive.

The trade deal that will be the focus of these trade talks is called the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). IPEF already includes fourteen countries, and between them, would set rules governing approximately 40% of the global economy. More countries are expected to join IPEF, too, and it could become the template for new trade deals around the world. 

IPEF would usher in a major increase in the power of multinational corporations, more offshoring of jobs during an already severe unemployment crisis, easy access to personal data by corporations and governments for surveillance and profit motives, deregulation of price and product quality standards, the further erosion of democratic governance in countries throughout the Pacific, and the weakening of environmental and labor protections.  

Kalikasan and local Phillipines rights groups are organizing a Portland contingent for this critical event and other XR West Coast chapters are participating as well. Please consider joining us and we can help with housing and travel information if you can respond ASAP by writing to

About Diana Meisenhelter

Diana Meisenhelter has been involved on the Action Team of XRPDX since January 2019.  She served on the Extinction Rebellion US National Restructure Working Group proposal for a year and a half.  Active in antiracist, social justice, labor, and environmental organizing since the early 1970s, Diana has over 50 years of experience in movements for justice.


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