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Many of you have seen the signs at the 2016 Democratic Convention “Stop TPP”

Stop TPP 1Credit Scott Audette/Reuters

What is the TPP and Why do we need to Stop TPP?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is presented as a trade agreement involving 12 nations [United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand].  According to Pres. Obama the TPP is the most “progressive trade deal” in history – with strong consumer, labor and environmental protections built in;  however, when the public finally saw the details of the deal, Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group  stated:

“The text shows that the TPP would offshore more American jobs, lower our wages, flood us with unsafe imported food and expose our laws to attack in foreign tribunals.”

VIDEO: Nobel Prize winner fact-checks the president on TPP

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Recently, I saw Respect: A Musical Journey of Women where excerpts of 60 songs, from “I Will Follow Him” to “These Boots are Made for Walking”  were sung by a cast of four women accompanied by a live band. The show chronicles the progress of women through the 20th century, against the backdrop of songs of each era.

While it is easy to celebrate women’s milestones– “We’ve come a long way baby”, we cannot ignore that in many ways progress has been stymied.  Promoting women as sex objects continues today — witness Britney Spears, the modern day Betty Boop / Marilyn Monroe. Today’s laws are a rollback on women’s protection —  from the numerous anti-choice regulations designed to prevent women from getting birth control pills or abortions to budget cuts  for programs assisting domestic violence / rape survivors.

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I Want To Be A Voice Actor!

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Pam Grout

#1 New York Times best-selling author

The Human Rights Warrior

"There is some good in this world...and it's worth fighting for." ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

lostnchina

...because not all of us have our Peking ducks in a row

George Lakoff

George Lakoff has retired as Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is now Director of the Center for the Neural Mind & Society (cnms.berkeley.edu).