The National Writers Union Tucson will be hosting an open mic on Monday, September 21 at 6:00 p.m. at Bookmans on Grant in Tucson. The open mic is for spoken word only but is open to all forms of spoken word (fiction, essays, poetry, articles, polemics, etc.). So bring something to read!
Before the open mic gets started, Cecilia Valdez, Secretary-Treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 7026, District 7, will highlight the devastatingly negative impacts of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade agreement involving the United States and 11 other Asian and South American countries. The Obama Administration is promoting this proposal and Congress might act on it this fall. The agreement would exacerbate the shift of good, high-paying manufacturing jobs from the U.S. to Asian countries such as Vietnam, where workers’ pay is abysmally low. In addition, it would require the waiver of environmental laws that would reduce corporate profits for companies based in or operating in any of the signatory countries. Finally, and most ominously, it would create a tribunal of corporate attorneys with the power to negate any law of any signatory country if they deem the law to interfere with corporate profit. Cecilia will tell us about the fight back against the proposal, led by CWA and other unions, and by environmental groups.
The event will be held in the community room of Bookmans Entertainment Exchange at Grant and Campbell in Tucson (1930 E. Grant Rd.), which is in the back of the store behind the children’s literature section. There is ample free parking.
National Writers Union
(UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO)