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!