Dr. Margaret Flowers discusses the Trans-Pacific Partnership & film review of "Philomena"

12/05/13 Mary Glenney
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Tags: The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Philomena, Dr. Margaret Flowers

This week on From a Woman's Point of View, the following topics were covered:

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is truly rolling down the track. What do you know about it? Don’t feel bad if you don't - the total lack of transparency is one of the problems. But the limited information that has “sneaked out” – of the 26 sections, only 5 have to do with trade! Referred to as “NAFTA on steroids, Lori Wallach of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch wrote in the New York Times, “Ron Kirk, until recently Mr. Obama’s top trade official, was remarkably candid about why he opposed making the text public: “Doing so, he suggested to Reuters, would raise such opposition that it could make the deal impossible to sign.” Yet President Obama wants permission for a “Fast Track” approval. Dr. Margaret Flowers (Pediatrician, advocate for single payer, and co-host Clearing the FOG Radio) will update us. Talk about “the Grinch who stole Christmas!”






"Philomena" is a outstanding movie that has opened in our area. “Philomena” is based on the true story of Philomena Lee, a young Irish girl who was forced into a Magdelene-like laundry institution because she was pregnant. Forced to work 24/7 to repent for her sin of pregnancy, Philomena loved her child and was heartbroken when the nuns took him from her and he was adopted by an American couple. Philomena, played by Judi Dench, 50 years later decided she had to know what had happened to her son – did he ever think of her? did he remember her? She had thought of him every single day, never stopped loving him.


What do you know of the Magdalene laundries? The last one did not close until 1996. In 2005 one Maghdalene site was sold and questions arose when 150 unmarked graves were found. Who were these women? No names. We will talk to two of the women who were adopted from “laundry women” and now live in the U.S. MARI STEED, U.S. coordinator for “Justice for Magdalene” and CATHERINE DEASY who lives in Florida will talk about their experiences. Give a listen to Joni Mitchell’s “Magdalene Laundries.” It’s on a Chieftain album, “Tears of Stone,” frequently played during the holidays.


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