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Hell-Raisin’ Women Series: “You’re Never Too Old to Raise a Little Hell”

As I age, I realize I still have a lot of growing up to do. There are many women I want to be when I grow up.  Granny D. is one of them. I have long admired Granny D. and the work she did in her later years.

Granny D spent her late years raising a little hell. “You’re Never Too Old to Raise a Little Hell” is the title of Granny D’s book about her hell raising. At the age of 90, in the year 2,000,  she walked across America – 3,000 miles from California to D.C., to deliver her message to congress, where she was arrested at the U.S. Capitol, along with others. Her  message was to request that elected officials stop the corruption of big money influencing elections in the United States.

Granny D’s statement when she appeared before the judge after that arrest:

In my 90 years, this is the first time I have been arrested. I risk my good name –for I do indeed care what my neighbors think about me. But, Your Honor, some of us do not have much power, except to put our bodies in the way of an injustice–to picket, to walk, or to just stand in the way. It will not change the world overnight, but it is all we can do.

So I am here today while others block the halls with their corruption. Twenty-five million dollars are changing hands this very evening at a fund raiser down the street. It is the corrupt sale of public policy, and everyone knows it. I would refer those officials and those lobbyists, Your Honor, to Mr. Bob Dylan’s advice when he wrote: “Come senators, congressmen, Please heed the call. Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall.”
Your Honor, the song was a few years early, but the time has now come for change. The times are changing because they must. And they will sweep away the old politician –the self-serving, the self-absorbed, the corrupt. The time of that leader is rapidly fading. We have come through a brief time when we have allowed ourselves to be entertained by corrupt and hapless leaders because they offer so little else, and because, as citizens, we have been priced out of participation and can only try to get some enjoyment out of their follies. But the earth itself can no longer afford them. We owe this change to our children and our grandchildren and our great grandchildren. We need have no fear that a self-governing people can creatively and effectively address their needs as a nation and a world if the corrupt and greedy are out of their way, and ethical leadership is given the helm. Your Honor, to the business at hand: the old woman who stands before you was arrested for reading the Declaration of Independence in America’s Capitol Building. I did not raise my voice to do so and I blocked no hall. But if it is a crime to read the Declaration of Independence in our great hall, then I am guilty.
Read Granny D’s statement in its entirety here.

After this  monumental year Granny D spent her time hell raising in a variety of ways, including running for U.S. Senate.  Granny D was truly an inspiring icon in our country.  Her energy, passion, love, and hell raising is  missed – but her spirit, and the spirit of her work, will live on forever.

(original post at Dee’s Dotes)

This is the first in the series “Hell-Raisin’ Women”.

Cynthia McKinney to file for President in Utah this week


Contact information: Deanna Taylor, Utahns for Cynthia McKinney, 801.631.2998, info@utahns4mckinney.org

First all-women-of-color Presidential ticket in U.S. History, Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente, will file as Independent Candidates in Utah.

09.01.08, Salt Lake City – Cynthia McKinney, national Green Party (GPUS) candidate for President of the United States , will file for candidacy as an Independent Candidate in Utah Wednesday, September 3rd.

Cynthia McKinney is a six-term former Congresswoman from Georgia who quit the Democratic Party on her birthday in 2007 because the Democratic Party no longer represented her values. She joined the Green Party, campaigned for its Presidential nomination, and was nominated in Chicago at the Green Party National Convention on July 12 (www.votetruth08.com).
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Shame on Utah

As I listened to a presentation by Planned Parenthood of Utah yesterday on the timeline of sex education in our country, I couldn’t help but think how backwards we have been going since the late 1800’s when sex education first started being publicly developed. Although I knew about the “trigger law” that Utah was debating in the Legislature, little did I know that while I was seeing this presentation HB 235 was introduced by Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, I learned later in the day, in which Utah targets Roe v. Wade.

Margaret Sanger must be turning in her grave.

The legislators who want this bill to pass continue to lie to the public as well. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, Utah’s Senate Majority Leader,is quoted as saying that
“Planned Parenthood has made it clear that they will do all they can to continue killing babies … that’s what abortions do,” he said. “That’s one where it’s kind of black and white. There’s not a lot of negotiating if you take the life of a child.”

In Utah, Planned Parenthood does not perform abortions. PP educates women on their choices and their right to choose abortion.

I like how Karrie Galloway, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Utah, puts it:
“We are so focused on the abortion issue that we don’t look at how to prevent abortion, we only want to ban it and it hasn’t addressed the needs of the people of Utah.”

Welcome to the state of Utah – and our country – and a resurgence of the dark ages. Instead of fixing and preventing things, we do things like create bans and restrictions which are just bandaids to deeper problems that won’t go away.

Shame on Utah. A women’s body is sacred. A woman has the right to choose for herself what to do with her body. Once again, men are taking the moral high ground to decide for women what they can decide for themselves. You can believe what you want, but you don’t have the right to tell me what I can do with my body or anything that has to do with it.

Here is a challenge to Utah Women:
We need to introduce a bill whereby all men who have fathered two or more children must have vasectomies! And if they wouldn’t do this willingly, they would face forced castration. Population control at its best.

Winona LaDuke inducted to Women’s Hall of Fame

Winona LaDuke was named this week as a 2007 inductee to the National Women’s Hall of Fame earlier this week. Winona LaDuke was the Green Party candidate for Vice President of the United States sharing the Ticket with Ralph Nader in 1996 and 2000.
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Violence Against Women and the Disabled

My job as an educator has me working with students with disabilties. I get to attend a lot of trainings and workshops offered by the state. Today I attended a seminar on Fair Housing and Assistive Technology, organized by the Disability Law Center and held at the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

I had to pick and choose which sessions I went to and I found myself really wanting to attend the session on violence against women, but there was another one more directly relevant to my job being given at the same time, so I attended that one instead.

I did get the handouts, though from the violence seminar. Here are some stark statistics from various studies:

  • 50% of girls who are deaf reported to have been sexually assaulted
  • 39% of ever-married females with disabilities physically or sexually assaulted by partners
  • 62% of women with and without physical disabilities experience abuse of any type, emotional, physical, or sexual
  • Women wtih physical disabilities experience abuse for longer periods of time than women without disabilities
  • 1,247 women and 440 men were killed by an intimate partner in teh U.S. in 2000
  • In Utah, the oldest reported victim of rape was 95 years old; the youngest was 3 days old.
  • Indivuals with disabilties are abused by more people
  • A sample of 7,027 Canadian women found that women with disabilities had 40% greater odds of violence in the 5 years precedign the interview in the research and these women appeareed to be at particular risk for severe violence.

    There is a lot of work being done in the areas of advocacy and violence prevention. Systemic Changes are taking place in the areas of employment, income support and support services in general, deinstitutionalization and changing attitudes through public education on violence against women with disabilities, as well as support to families.

  • New Orleans: What’s Up With Utah Delegation?

    Despite an invitation by a group of New Orleans women to visit the hurricane-ravaged city, Utah Representatives still have not visited there.

    “Women of the Storm” is a group of 140 prominent women from New Orleans who visited Congress in January, to issue the invitations to visit their city. Yeseterday, the opening day of hurricane season, the group dramatically and creatively pointed out that the Utah delegation and 20 other states’ congressional delegations have yet to take them up on their invitation.
    They got their message out by standing on a large U.S. map drawn on the grass of Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans’ City Park. Members of the group stood on each state and opened blue umbrellas to symbolize the states that had sent either a senator or a representative. A gap quickly formed near the map’s Great Lakes region and in the Western corner of the United States.

    The women said it’s not too late to come and will not let up pressure until all delegations have done so.

    Planned Parenthood on the Pine Ridge Reservation

    A friend of mine sent me this yesterday:

    I just read about this in the American Progress Report. It seems the president of the Oglala Sioux tribe in Pine Ridge takes exception to the ban on abortion signed into law in South Dakota.

    From Bitch, PhD.:

    “Cecilia Fire Thunder, the President of the Oglala Sioux in South Dakota, speaks truth to the white boys who think they run things in her country.
    “I will personally establish a Planned Parenthood clinic on my own land which is within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation where the State of South Dakota has absolutely no jurisdiction.”

    Another blogger called Pine Ridge, spoke to Ms. Fire Thunder, and posts snail mail and email addresses where you can send checks and letters of support to help fund such a clinic. She also points out, correctly, that like most Indian Reservations, Pine Ridge is not flush for cash, so if you have a little extra, you might want to consider donating to the rez directly. Pine Ridge, by the way, is the location of one of only four Indian colleges in the U.S. that is accredited to issue its own bachelor’s degrees. Schools on Pine Ridge are in the bottom 10% of funding by the Dept. of Education and the BIA, teacher turnover there is eight times the national average, and the dropout rate is the highest in the nation, according to their education web site.

    The mailing address is:

    Oglala Sioux Tribe
    ATTN: President Fire Thunder
    P. O. Box 2070
    Pine Ridge, SD 57770
    PO BOX 990
    Martin, SD 57751

    For donations specifically for the Planned Parenthood clinic, make checks out to OST Planned Parenthood Cecelia Fire Thunder. General donations may be made out to the Oglala Sioux Tribe.”
    Let’s hear it for sovereignty, for a woman’s right to choose and for president Fire Thunder for having the ovaries to do this. I’m opening my check book right now. Please forward this far and wide.
    See also Sioux may challenge SD abortion ban – help open a clinic!

    “The Dominoes Have Begun to Fall”

    Those are the words of Planned Parenthood who has put out an alert that 11 more states are considering criminalizing abortion – even in cases of rape and incest.

    The abortion ban signed in South Dakota last week was only the beginning. Eleven more states have proposed criminalizing abortion. The governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour, recently said if an abortion ban reaches his desk, he will sign it. Act now to stop the dominoes from falling.

    Planned Parenthood’s campaign is to stop this dominoe effect and also to reiterate that prevention is the key – not punishment.

    Tell Gov. Barbour [and your governor] that Americans do not support any bans on the right to choose.

    International Women’s Day in Salt Lake

    Tonight in Salt Lake an event was held to celebrate International Women’s Day. Building Global Bridges was held at Westminster College. Tabling was for 1/2 hour prior to the film and panel.

    Jen of Jen’s Green Journal has posted photos and an account of the event.

    Here are photos from the tabling session:

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    International Women’s Day

    Today, March 8 marks International Women’s Day, the day of the Global Women’s Strike. IWD is a day that has been celebrated internationally by women and men and childrenm since 1945. (Scroll down for IWD history).

    Locally, in Salt Lake City, there will be this event:

    International Women’s Day – “Building Global Bridges”
    Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College
    FREE and open to the public
    Reception: 6pm, Program: 6:45pm

    Feature Film: “Women on the Frontlines” – Women in 5 countries strive to improve their lives and communities thorugh education, micro loans, democracy, and the search for peace and forgiveness. Discussion will follow.

    Presented by:
    Planned Parenthood, People for Peace and Justice of UTah, Mormons for Equality and Social Justice, National Council for Community and Justice, Tapestry Against Polygamy, Ten Thousand Villages, Westminster Students for Choice and Diversity Center, Rape REcovery Center, YWCA, SLC Film Center and City Weekly

    Women at work in India
    Ajit Solanki, Associated Press
    Women break chili pepper stalks in Ahmadabad, India. The women earn 11 cents for more than 40 pounds of chilies. Today is International Women’s Day — an occasion where women’s groups worldwide are honoring women’s achievements and working for equality.
    (published in today’s Deseret News)

    A network with national co-ordinations in 11 countries and participating organisations in over 60 countries. We demand the return of military budgets to the community, beginning with women the main carers of people and the planet. Women, and men who support our goals, take action together on 8 March, International Women’s Day, and throughout the year. In this way each grassroots struggle is backed by our collective power.

    Read these articles and accounts of women and women’s issues:

    Statement from Women <a href="Housewives workers in the home to President Chavez – 4 February 2006
    http://www.globalwomenstrike.net/English2005/WSFworkshops.htm”>Global Women’s Strike workshops at the World Social Forum, Caracas, Venezuela, Jan-Feb 2006
    Venezuela: bringing the women’s revolution to Europe & US
    Women under occupation – daily life and resistance: Three Palestinian women speak at Crossroads Women’s Centre
    Refusing to kill, a website by Payday, a network of men working with the Global Women’s Strike

    IWD History
    Thousands of workers in the New York needle trades (primarily women) demonstrated & began a strike for higher wages, a shorter workday and an end to child labor.

    More on IWD