Archive for July, 2016

To Hillary Clinton: A National Dialogue on Violence Must Include All Victims

What a difficult job being in law endorsement is today. 

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How scary it must be to feel singled out and possibly murdered by police for what?

Yet

Violence fills our society and every dayWomen are violated on account of our sex. Only no one ever analyzes this epidemic. In Patriarchy-Women were never at the table to establish any institution in America – not government, police, military, education, social safety net, healthcare, business, religion, NOTHING. Not even the constitution which provides a framework for government action (or inaction). 

Yet women are required to abide by laws we never agreed to… and sit silently watching from the sidelines. 

Let’s address the root cause of inequality that no one in our mind numbing media talks about – Gender Inequality. There are many sides to every story and by listening to each, we may actually find common ground. But until we are willing to admit that many have suffered injustice of all kinds, protests are little more than fire starters.

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Helmets Versus Headscarves: US Servicewomen Know Their Place 

To parents, spouses, partners and siblings of young women, did you know that the US Senate just passed a monumental new provision within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requiring all civilian Women ages 18 – 25 to register for the Selective Service whether they chose a military career or not?  The bill passed 84 – 13. 

In May, the US House passed the NDAA absent the selective service requirement for women. Now, it’s up to the committees’ leadership to reconcile both bills, so they match.  Which direction they go is largely in our hands. 

The GOP-led Senate refused to allow any floor debates – not even for such a sweeping change in national service requirements for 1/2 of all Americans and their families who depend on them. 

A policy that could require every young women to serve in combat despite the hostile work environment behind enemy lines as well as from her fellow servicemen. Some women are cut out to be trail blazers. Most aren’t.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) continued campaign for an independent prosecution of military sexual assault cases to encourage reporting such incidents and improving justice for victims was also ignored.

Incidentally, Germany, Israel, Britain and Australia have already removed the prosecution of serious crimes like rape from their chain of command due to concerns around objectivity and retaliation. A bipartisan Congress remains divided on the issue – unwilling to follow our Allies’ example.

Why no discussion? Expediency according to Senator John McCain (R-AZ), chairman of the Armed Swrvices committee.

Now that President Obama (with daughters under 18) and the Pentagon want women to serve in all combat positions, the US Congress believes civilian women must also be subject to the draft just like men. Surely Congress intends to honor women’s full sacrifice by lifting their deadline on women’s equal citizenship under the Constitution aka the Equal Rights Amendment? Nope.

Involuntary Parity with men without the declaration of Equality in our Constitution is nothing more than Exploitation of Women for the industrial war machine. 

For their sense of duty to our country, representatives and senators also have a duty to remove their deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment. Bills are HJR51 / SJR15 (Toll free) 1-877-762-8762. Ask for their office. SPEAK UP OR ACCEPT THIS REALITY!

(Friend) “Why are the women wearing headscarves while the man in the background wears a helmet that protects his head? That’s very important in a war zone and the right thing to do. I don’t believe what I’m seeing. Hopefully they were not forced to do that. Headscarves have nothing to do with Islam. It’s only another tool of sexual discrimination. Very sad to see that here.”

As civilians, servicewomen and their male allies need all of us to demand change. Voters aren’t passive observers. We wield power. Women have never been welcomed or encouraged to join traditionally male institutions. We’re viewed as the enemy -interlopers versus partners. It’s as if every woman should be content with our male prescribed roles of wife and mother. Headscarves versus headgear is our military’s not-so-subtle way of reinforcing the Old Boys Network. We aren’t seeking to bring hope to women and girls abroad. We are reinforcing patriarchal tradition from sea to shining sea.

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