The Olympic Games are all the buzz here in Seattle. It was pretty cool to watch the opening ceremony last night and realize that it is just about 100 miles north […]
Answer: $317.39 if you are one of the 2.3 million people who will experience domestic violence this year. Meanwhile, the Defense Department (DoD) wants to spend $130 billion on the wars […]
Wynona Ward Wynona Ward is an unlikely hero. She grew up in poverty and abuse in rural West Fairlee, Vermont. Her alcoholic father first sexually assaulted her when she was […]
Eve Ensler, playwright and founder of V-Day, was named one of America’s Best Leaders in 2009 by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School and U.S. News Media […]
In the spirit of Gahndi, Lubna-Ahmed al-Hussein is willing to submit to 40,000 lashes for wearing pants in public. Ms. Hussein works for the UN which has recently been criticized by Eve Ensler for failing in their promise to prevent violence against women in the Congo. The UN is not supporting Ms. Hussein’s courageous decision to go on trail rather than opt for diplomatic immunity.
When we think of Bill Clinton’s presidency, passage of the Violence Against Women Act isn’t typically the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, he is a tremendous champion for family violence prevention and for people who have experienced abuse. He’s walked in our shoes.
I am astonished this story hasn’t been picked up by the US media. On July 12, 2009, former President Carter’s op-ed piece appeared in The Observer in the United Kingdom and was reprinted without credit by The Age in Australia. He explained why he was ending his ties of 60 years with the Southern Baptist Convention.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was passionate about equality. She refused to utter the word “obey” in her marriage vows. She edited the Declaration of Independence to read: “All men and women are created equal. . .” Her first sentiment addressed domestic violence.
Many women and children ~ some men too ~ are finding there isn’t much justice in our legal system. In fact, the legal system is easily manipulated as an instrument of abuse. Several bloggers, especially WordPress’ MamaLiberty, are vigilant watchdogs. If you haven’t visited her site, I encourage you to do so. You will laugh. You will cry. You may get angry.
Since I started this site just over four months ago, I have struggled with how we can establish a community of people committed to the same vision. The folks at Barbados Free Press showed me how. I am ever so grateful to them.
So, I’m going to ask all you shy flowers who tend to visit without commenting to get some interaction going on. We’ll start with a poll. A Mom’s Random Mind asked this week why bloggers aren’t doing more to demand change. We are, but I think we’d be more effective if we had a community or forum or platform where we could gather and exchange ideas and information.