Since Eve Ensler’s visit to Seattle in May, I’ve been about to burst with the news of One Billion Rising’s theme for 2014: JUSTICE. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Navigating Uncharted Waters’ 5th anniversary than one billion people around the world calling for JUSTICE on February 14, 2014.
Injustice and litigation abuse are why over 400,000 people from around the world have visited Navigating Uncharted Waters since I started the site on V-Day, 2009.
Ms. Ensler answered the international call for JUSTICE:
Many of you wrote to tell us that you wanted this year to go further, to go deeper, to create more concrete actions. You wanted to address impunity and the lack of accountability as significant factors in the perpetuation of violence against women. You shared with us the need to create and uphold laws, the need to ensure that judgments made in courts hold.
Injustice robs us of our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Because the judge knew that the Declaration of Independence was written on my family’s paper, he vehemently vowed in 1992 to deprive me of these sacred rights. He has abused his judicial power to make my life so not worth living that I would kill myself.
Well, asshole, I’m still alive. I have endured your stalking and interference with my life and career for 21 years. You may have slowed me down from time to time, but you will never, ever stop me. I am a survivor. I have courage, integrity, strength of character, faith, resilience, determination, a sense of humor, and abundant love in my heart. And, I know this is what pisses you off.
Before you retired, you had external power. You relied on this external power to engage in abusive behavior with impunity. The cowards who ran against you for a seat on your state’s supreme court didn’t have the integrity to tell the voters that your extensive experience with family and child abuse was “hands-on” experience.
But, you never had the authentic power that comes from being an officer and a gentleman. Nobody loves and respects an abusive jerk. This is why your abusive behavior was sanctioned. You weren’t elevated to flag (admiral in the U.S. Navy), and you were denied a spot on the federal bench. Sadly, these sanctions were rare.
Monique Wilson’s invitation to Rise for JUSTICE this morning brought tears to my eyes:
Our stories have been buried, denied, erased, altered, and minimized by patriarchal systems that allow impunity to reign. Justice begins when we speak, release, and acknowledge the truth in solidarity and community. ONE BILLION
RISING FOR JUSTICE is an invitation to break free from confinement, obligation, shame, guilt, grief, pain, humiliation, rage, and bondage. It is a call to bring on revolutionary justice.
I answered the call immediately and hope you will join me. Rise for JUSTICE!
Volunteers to co-ordinate peaceful awareness walks of enlightment to one billion rising for justice in towns all over britain,should begin plans to ensure feb 14th 2014 will have a day of awareness that brings changes to show every child matters and every good parent cares and wants justice. Perjury in court has to be corrected for the sake of the children and the integrity of record keeping to ensure families are protected from inncorrect data that social workers and other uneducated and unwilling persons who will not enforce the law or correct their mistakes,ruin countless lives because they let the children and parents down in the face of clear evidence the injustice has occurred. Showing the injustices carried out in family courts so changes are made effectively to ensure parents and children who have fallen victim to malpractice of the service providers will be corrected and new educated personel if neccassary to replace the out of date practices that many continue to use as their attitudes are unable to change to bring about fairness,justice and protection for victims of dv and family law. Change is the path forward with new unbias, fairminded ,safety concious , personel to conduct cases with the integrity the children and parents deserve.
This is exactly what I hope will happen on a global level. OBR 2014 is a perfect opportunity for protective mothers around the world. I hope you will share your ideas with your peers on social media.
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I am new here but just found your site. I’m so glad to read all of the wonderful information contained here. I am a survivor with 3 children. Three of my family members lost their lives to DV and I’m determined that my children will live a life free from DV. It’s not easy as my abuser ex-husband is now attacking me using the legal system and constantly violating the Protective Restraining Order. In addition, it’s hard to find someone to talk to as most of my friends and family do not understand the journey that I’m on.
I want to applaud your courage and determination to give your children a different experience. Bravo!
Social media can give you the support you will need on your journey. I pray that your local shelter system and your personal physician will give you the support you will need to end the litigation abuse. It is a common strategy for abusive men who quickly discover (do they teach this in jail?) that it is legal to “beat” a woman via the “justice” system. So, I pray that the judge in your case is sophisticated enough to recognize this dynamic.
Barry Goldstein is the country’s leading expert on litigation abuse.