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Trade Pact Opponents Protest Obama's San Diego Visit

Kali Gochmanosky, with SoCal Fair Trade Campaign, holds a sign as she waits for the president's motorcade to arrive, Oct. 12, 2015.
Steve Walsh
Kali Gochmanosky, with SoCal Fair Trade Campaign, holds a sign as she waits for the president's motorcade to arrive, Oct. 12, 2015.

Trade Pact Opponents Protest Obama’s San Diego Visit
A small group of protesters opposed to the Trans Pacific Partnership gathered Monday at MCAS Miramar.

As President Barack Obama wrapped up his weekend in San Diego, a group of protesters urged him to be transparent about the details of the Trans Pacific Partnership.

A small group of opponents to the Trans Pacific Partnership staged a protest outside of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The SoCal Fair Trade Campaign is a group of labor, environmental and social justice groups which oppose the Partnership and previous agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“Our fear is we’re going to seem the same thing we saw with NAFTA, which is millions of jobs off-shored, hundreds of thousands of warehouses leaving the country," said Kali Gochmanosky, organizer with SoCal fair Trade Campaign. "This is putting a downward pressure on wages. It’s effecting the economy.”

The group wants the Obama administration to open up the details of the elaborate trade pact between Pacific nations immediately. Under the so-called fast-track approval the president won earlier in the year, Congress is required to receive at least 90 days notice, before an up or down vote on the final package.

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