November 28, 2017

Day 14 Tuesday November 28th – Silent Sentinel Vigil

By Elizabeth Croydon AKA Jane Snow

“It is as much the duty of government to render prompt justice against itself, in favor of the citizen, as it is to administer the same between private individuals.” - Court of Federal Claims

While we all sit and wait to see if our country will elect an Alabama man who stands accused of sexually assaulting numerous underage teens girls to office, the fight for the ERA to be ratified continuously presses forward.I would gawk, feign shock and awe, at the deplorable situation of having a man be elected to President with 15 allegations of sexual harassment against him but there is equal pay to fight for.

I can only hope that the government picks up its duty and patrols itself as swiftly as Matt Lauer was ousted from his seat on talk television. In actuality the networks were not so swift, accusations piled up, it got too ugly to handle, many women came forward – then ‘swift’ action was taken.

Trump is becoming something too ugly to handle. I wish I could say I was surprised that Roy Moore has a shot at office with child molesting on his list of reasons not to vote for him, but he is from the state that produced Jeff “Jim Crow” Sessions.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions acknowledges applause at the Fraternal Order of Police convention Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Alabama is an unratified state. After a visiting Alabama, United Nations investigators released a report in 2015 stating “Women fall behind international standards as regards their public and political representation, their economic and social rights and their health and safety protections.”

Raw sewage sits in an open-air pool outside a mobile home in Alabama
UN poverty official touring Alabama’s Black Belt: ‘I haven’t seen this’ in the First World

State voter ID laws make it difficult for women, whose names change due to marriage or divorce, difficult to vote.

Appalling testimonies were given to the UN about migrant women with breast cancer unable to get treatment. Where is our governments swift and prompt response against itself?

It is in the patience and persistence of the women working to ratify the ERA.

Natalie White, the Artistic co-director of Equal Means Equal is handling the vigil today. I have asked Natalie in all seriousness not to take running for President off her table of creative outlets and opportunities. I think she would be marvelous. She has confirmed that she practiced being president when she was a child.

‘Unfortunately you have to be 35 to make your first run, ‘ I informed her. “Then I’ll sue for that right too,” she exclaimed. Natalie walked from New York to DC and wrote “ERA Now” on the steps of the Capitol in water soluble ink. She was arrested and represented herself at trial winning a guilty verdict which she is very pleased to have in her case of trophies. Another accreditation is her card carrying membership in the Church of the Subgenius.

Equal Means Equal is only organization that has filed a federal lawsuit (filed in Boston) against Betsy Devos for violating students civil rights and rolling back rape protections on college campuses; Natalie was a cheerleader for that decision.

Every time we are scolded by one of the local Peace Park loonies for placing our extra coats over the railings of the guarded seeded grass patches, Natalie shrugs. “I’ve been arrested for more. It wasn’t that bad.” Her smile beckons agreement.

Attorney Wendy Murphy represents Equal Means Equal and women/girls as a class in new suit against the U.S. Department of Education

 

Here’s a riddle for you:
Question: What makes an “overnight success?”
Answer: Twenty years of hard work.

Linda M Smith is a pharmacist. When I first helped her to suit up as a suffragette, I asked if she had any questions. “I’m old hat at this,” she bragged quietly.”I’ve been at this since the sixties.” She continues the professional legacy of Elizabeth Greanleaf, Elizabeth Marshall, Nellie Wakeman, Katherine Keating, and Gloria Francke. According to Linda, in 2014 the gender gap between men and women in management positions closed and remains relatively balanced. Independent pharmacies are mostly male owned, however. The Women in Pharmacy program at Cardinal Health works to demystify the financing behind owning an independent pharmacy for women.

It is interesting to look into the timelines of the past and watch knowledge and power exchange hands. There was a time when Linda M Smith and her kind would be tried as witches. Given that Lady Linda claims to be an old hat at the fight for women’s right. I’m wondering if she was an original member of WITCH.

The Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell aka WITCH was a name that several independent women’s groups operated under in the late 1960’s.

Women Inspired to tell their Collective History and Women Interested in Toppling Consumer Holidays were just some of the other organizations operating independently under the umbrella WITCH.

The origins of this group are claimed by NYC socialist feminists who had formerly been with the New York Radical Women Group. Some scholars argue it was this group whose political strategy was based in embracing political causes beyond the equal rights of women who inspired modern paganism such as Dianic WICCA.

Their inaugural act happened on Halloween 1968 in NYC. Dressed in traditional witch garb the members of WITCH (Wall Street in-house thoroughly Cleansing Handmaids) walked through Wall Street casting spells and “hexing” the financial district. The next day the Dow Jones Industrial Average declines sharply.

An action at the club, Max’s Kansas City involves handing out cloves of garlic and cards with their motto,“ We are women, we are WITCH, we are liberation, we are we.” Simultaneously, they chanted “Nine million women burned as witches,” and asked women diners why they would allow a man to buy them dinner.

Inspired by the Yippies, they were filled with feminist theatrical antics. At a bridal show in Madison Square Garden they threw on black veils and chanted “Here comes the slaves, off to their graves!”

A lot of younger women come to a clear understanding of women’s struggle for rights when it is explained (see film Equal Means Equal to learn more) that the legal model for slavery in America was based on the legal model of wives. Taking the last name of their husbands, the inability to own property… all things we have fought against to arrive… two states away from ratifying the ERA.

ERA Ratification in the United States. Only two more states are needed to ratify the ERA

ERA Ratification in the United States: Only two more states are needed to ratify the ERA!

 

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Dust off your wand, be it handmade at a workshop during Burning Man, freshly purchased from Hogwarts, or handed down to you from your mother.
The Witches are taking over Peace Park.