Women Rising for the World – We’ve Only Just Begun!

Eleanor Roosevelt Statue wearing her PussyHat

Eleanor Roosevelt Statue wearing her PussyHat

We have great reason to be proud! The Women’s March on Washington DC was in deed the largest march in U.S. and world history. Sixty nations participated in this march, and five to six million world citizens came out to speak truth to power. Herstory was made on that day, January 21, 2017. It is the beginning when we begin again what has been a 5,000 year old effort by women to bring peace and justice to our world.

Women Rising around the world as leaders to resist climate ignorance and the oppression of women and citizens by nation states globally. What a wonderful display of human integrity and strength.

“Any issue which affects women globally,” says Kenyan entrepreneur Ritah Mutheu, “affects women everywhere.” But, she says, “We want to also tell the government, to impart a message that anytime a politician decides a policy that violates women or human rights, women will not take it. We will rise up and fight against it.”

Lima, Peru: Focusing on the 2016 U.S. presidential election with a strategy to open “the Pandora’s box of hatred.” This is not a rally about Peru, though Lima saw a massive outpouring of women rallying for their rights this past August, at a protest that drew thousands and clogged the streets of Peru’s capital.

Nairobi, Kenya: Focusing on issues specific to Kenya. The official Facebook page for the march lays out their platform: the importance of the women’s vote, demand reproductive rights, women’s land and inheritance rights, to end sexual harassment and assault, female genital mutilation, and the trafficking of women and children; and to end discrimination against LGBTQ people, sex workers, disabled women, HIV positive women, refugee women, women in the informal sector and other marginalized groups, and the difficulties women have, in Kenya, prosecuting rapists.

Prague, Czech Republic: That the women’s march in Prague was non-partisan, non-violent, and inclusive of all, and held in historic Wenceslas Square , a historic space of opposition and peaceful resistance from the student demonstrations against the Nazis bringing in co-sponsors from all sorts of different activist groups: women’s rights groups, Greenpeace and Amnesty International, the Czech Writers Association, groups advocating for the rights of Roma, and pro-LGBTQ groups.

Tbilisi, Georgia: Focused on the rights of women in Georgia itself. This is not the first time Tbilisi has had protests against issues of a “patriarchal society,” domestic violence, securing equal pay for equal work, and political representation. This rally was also an expression that Georgia is part of the global community and that people there support women’s rights and human rights and fundamental rights around the globe.

Tel Aviv, Israel: Took place outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening. A second event, organized by Democrats Abroad, took place in the Mediterranean port city of Jaffa and was nonpolitical and nonpartisan, not taking on local issues but delving into the Israeli-American relationship. What was troubling to a lot of people during the election was the rise of white supremacy and racism and anti-Semitism.

Full article here. See an estimated total of crowd numbers here. 

10 ACTIONS / 100 DAYS

We all know this is just the beginning of a worldwide effort if we are to change the lives of women, men and children and to save this beautiful planet we call home. It doesn’t end with this amazing Women’s March on Washington DC January 21. Now is not the time to hang up our marching shoes and put our pink pussyhats into the closet. It is the time to get our friends, family and community together and continue making Herstory!

Write a postcard to your Senators about what matters most to you and how you’re going to continue to fight for it in the days, weeks and months ahead. Get printable postcards here.

Next: Sister Giant Conference, February 2-4, 2017

History is repeating itself before our very eyes. These same corporate elite tactics were used in Germany and preceded a time in human Evolution when individual heroes stood up to help those different from themselves. Now, we must do the same and make coalitions, support organizations on the front lines, educate ourselves by listening to and supporting alternative news sources, boycotting the companies doing harm to our families and our planet. We have a lot of work to do and we are up to the task. Together, with women leading the way, we will all rise to meet the challenges of our time. I see it happening daily at home and around the world. Widen your scope of news to include global events and your spirit will never be squashed. Believe in our strength to overcome:) All shall bee well, All shall bee well, All manner of thing shall be well, Genny

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Greenpeace activists, one woman was 60 years old, raised a 300′ RESIST banner over te Whitehouse.

 

Mourning-After Political Organizing

Peace Dove jewelryPolitical Organizing for Peace and Freedom are great antidotes to grief, depression and a threatened Democracy. There are many ways we can continue this American journey in a good direction.

First, the Election Victories:

Pramila Jayapal (WA) 1st Indian-American Women Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kamala Harris (CA) 2nd African-American Woman & 1st Indian-American Woman Elected to the U.S. Senate.

Ilhan Omar (MN) 1st Somali-American Elected to a State Legislature.

Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) 1st Latina Elected to the U.S. Senate.

election-1Now, a few suggestions for Mourning-After Political Organizing:

1. Search Out Groups of Like-Minded Citizens: It’s always and all ways important to  be with people of like mind and heart. This is healing for each of us, and what’s good for every one of us is good for the whole, I believe this to be true.

​​​​​​​2. Monitor Congress on CSPAN. Then Call, Write & Email Legislators.  CSPAN is a TV channel with daily coverage of Senate and House of Representatives Hearings live and video taped here. You can also view Supreme Court Arguments and Business here.

3. March With Those Groups Attacked 1st — to Slow the Rise of Oppression: Pastor Martin Niemöller’s speech in 1946 about citizen responsibility and how the impact of oppression is carefully built up from the smallest, most distant group to the largest:

Ds. Martin Niemöller neemt deel aan oecumenische samenkomst in de Grote Kert te Den Haag. Vlnr [Vrnl in spiegelbeeld!] . Ds M.N. W. Smitvoors (van de Haagse Oecumenische Raad), ds. Niemöller en prof. P. Kaetske, predikant van de Duitse Evangelische gemeente in Den Haag *27 mei 1952“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

4. Read Books about Diverse Cultures here: People Called Women Bookstore (PCW) provides the best selection possible of multi-cultural feminist books from around the world. PCW, in Toledo, Ohio, is one of a handful of feminist bookstores remaining in the U.S. and Canada. We are proud to have them as our bookseller! Check out the selection here.
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 Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears by Penny Rosenwasser5. Explore Women’s Spirituality in all its forms and traditions here. Spirituality and world religions are important for us to understand our common humanity, our common needs, goals and oppressions. Explore these offerings and enrich your spirit here!

6. Donate to Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support. These organizations work on all our behalf, providing essential legal representation, education, and monitoring necessary for democratic participation, volunteerism, and donations so they can continue to work harder than ever. Here are just a few we suggest (not in order of importance, some are new to me and may be to you): 

OurRevolution.com. Campaigns End. Revolutions Endure. Our Revolution will revitalize American democracy by unifying the millions of people who got involved over the course of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in support of progressive causes. See issues here. Get involved here.

American Cilvil Liberties Union (ACLU) works to defend individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. constitution. The ACLU is currently monitoring statements made by the president elect. Donate here.

Southern Poverty Law Center fights hate groups and bigotry using education, litigation, and advocacy. Donate here.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was founded in 1915 out of an International Women’s Congress against World War. WILPF works to bring together women of different political views and philosophical and religious backgrounds to work for a permanent peace, and to oppose oppression and exploitation. WILPF has national sections in 37 countries, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and maintains a United Nations office in New York City. Get involved here.

National Organization for Women (NOW) is an activist organization, foundation and PAC that advocates for equal rights for women. Donate here, and look for volunteer programs at your local chapter’s page.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) promotes the civil rights of people of color to eliminate race-based discrimination. Donate here, and find your local chapter for more ways to get involved here.

National Women’s Law Center has worked for over 40 years to enact policies and laws on behalf of women and families. Donate here.

National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is a pro-choice, multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women. NWPC recruits, trains and supports pro-choice women candidates for elected and appointed offices at all levels of government regardless of party affiliation. Find your state chapter here.

350.ORG is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. Join Email List here.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, it fights against anti-semitism and bigotry as one of the largest civil rights organizations in the country. Find your local affiliate here.

Lakota People’s Law Project is on the front lines at Standing Rock protecting water for all of us. You can watch a video of Phyllis Young, long time water rights expert for the Lakota Nation. speaking to Water Protectors. I have worked with at the U.N. Phyllis has six children and packed the youngest child with her to Geneva in the l970s. Donate here.

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works to protect the best interests of children who come to the U.S. on their own. Donate here.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national civil rights law and policy organization dedicated to advancing the rights of people with disabilities through advocacy, training, education, and public policy. Donate here.

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) works to challenge the global proliferation of pesticides, defend basic rights to health and environmental quality, and work to ensure the transition to a just and viable food system. PAN works with those on the frontlines to tackle the pesticide problem — and reclaim the future of food and farming. Fighting GMOs in the U.S. and around the world.

Campaign Zero advocates for policy solutions to end police violence in America. Fill out this survey to learn how to get involved.

Center for Reproductive Rights is the world’s foremost legal advocate for securing women’s access to quality reproductive health care. Donate here.

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the country’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization. Donate here or find your local chapter here.

Lambda Legal is a national legal organization dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of LGBT population and people with HIV through litigation, education, and policy work. Donate here.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is a political advocacy group focused on fighting for women’s reproductive rights and freedom. Click here to donate and here to volunteer.

NextGen Climate Action works politically “to prevent climate disaster.” Click here to donate and click here to volunteer.

PEN America works to protect free and open expression in the United States and across the world through literature and writing. Donate here.

Planned Parenthood is the country’s leading sexual and reproductive healthcare provider. Click here for nationwide volunteer opportunities (including as a clinic escort) and click here to donate.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the country’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, which operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE; online.rainn.org; rainn.org/es) and programs to help victims of sexual violence. Click here for information about how to volunteer for the hotline or in your community, and here to donate.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers legal resources, support and advocacy to reporters to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights. Donate here.

Reproductive Health Access Project is a non-profit that trains clinicians to make quality reproductive healthcare more accessible. Click here to donate.

Running Start is another organization dedicated to educating young women and girls about the importance of politics, through the Young Women’s Political Leadership Program and various other fellowships and internships. Donate here.

She Should Run is a non-profit that aims to get more women into elected leadership roles. You can donate here.

Union of Concerned Scientists works to create solutions to the planet’s most pressing scientific problems through research, advocacy, and policy. Donate here.

 

Feminism & Civilization with Dr. Bonnie Morris

Earth Day Feminism with Professor Bonnie Morris - Women’s Role in Sustaining CivilizationWomen’s Role in Sustaining Civilization with Professor Bonnie Morris.

Carolyn Gage interviewed Bonnie Morris for our Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit where Bonnie shared her experiences as a Women’s Studies Professor: international students and events, the next generation of students, and women’s longevity.

“The sustainability success story is that Feminists have succeeded in making it mainstream to take Women’s Studies because it’s offered in thousands of  schools and in forty or more countries around the world.”  Dr. Bonnie Morris

Case Studies shared in our interview with Bonnie Morris:

– The education of women and girls as a tool for empowering entire communities.
– Mainstreaming women’s history as heritage everyone should know.
– How learning about their foremothers empowers young women and teaches men to respect women.

In our interview with Bonnie Morris she shared stories about Gerda Lerner, Islandic Vagina Monologues, Kay Gardner, Ubaka Hill, MichFest, the Women’s Music Movement, Fidel Castro, Chris Williamson’s lullaby at the Temple of Diana, the Golden Age of Lesbianism, and the “Treasure Hunts” of the past to recover women’s history.

Earth Day Feminism with Bonnie Morris

At the Temple of Diana in Kusadasi as guest lecturer for Olivia Cruises in 2007.

Bonnie Morris is a Professor, Award Winning Author, Poet and Performer. She is the author of eleven books, including “Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor,” and “Eden Built by Eves,” and “Women’s History for Beginners.”

Bonnie was the first graduate to complete American University’s then, new minor in Women’s Studies. After earning her PhD, she taught one of the first-ever graduate seminars on Jewish women’s history at Harvard.

Feminism and Sustainability TelesummitProfessor Morris joined the women’s studies faculty at George Washington University in 1994, and at Georgetown in 1996. She teaches Women and Western Civilization, Gender and Athletics, Women and War, and Introduction to Women’s Studies.

We invite you to listen to Carolyn Gage’s interview with Bonnie Morris here,

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Earth Day Feminism with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being

Feminism Telesummit with Dr.Asoka Bandarage - Women, Sustainability and Climate ChangeWe interviewed Asoka for our Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to that interview here. This is what Asoka said about Earth Day Feminism:

Women are responding to climate change not only as mothers and nurturers, but also as economic producers. It is important to actively and consciously keep women’s relational perspectives alive, we bring a more qualitative, humanist, and ecological approach. Women are taking leadership roles in many grassroots, regional, national and international initiatives.

Indigenous Peoples have been at the forefront of bringing ecological consciousness and our connection to nature into the climate conversation, and they need to be supported. Bolivian and Peruvian Indigenous Women’s Groups say, “Change the System, Not the Climate.” You can’t talk about climate policies without looking at the economic system.

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Many peoples of the world see terrorism and the “war on terror” as a global struggle between extremist forms of Islam and Christianity. Women are targeted, victimized, and used as fighters. Religious extremism should not take center stage.

earth day with dr. ashoka bandaragePoor women are especially effected by natural disasters due to poverty and the lack of infrastructure and resources to respond to crises. Cultural norms, clothing restrictions, and traditions victimize women who are not able to relocate as easily as men.

  • Most of the world’s farmers are women but we don’t necessarily own the land.
  • Health issues in other countries are related to pesticides manufactured and banned in the U.S.
  • Climate Change has different effects on different populations, especially women and coastal and island nations.
  • Land based people have a greater eco-consciousness but are losing it to technology.
  • Proselytizing among vulnerable communities is controversial and raises moral and ethical issues.
  • There’s a lot of greenwashing by corporations. Women’s groups keep the real issues in the forefront.
  • Communities and countries should become self sufficient and not have to depend on external aid.
  • 1/3 of the world’s population do not have access to clean water.
  • The Smithsonian’s Hall of Human Origins, funded by David Koch, downplays the dangers and global impact of human activity and fossil fuel extraction on climate change.

“There are enough resources for everyone. We need a global ethic that connects us to each other. We have to pull together to address these issues for planetary survival.”

Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Women, Sustainability and Climate Change

We also interviewed Dr. Bandarage
for our Lean Into Green Telesummit
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Lean Into Green with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being  – The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the Economy.

Here is the story of Wholeness! Dr. Asoka Bandarage makes the connections for us — the connections between all things human and environmental. Our health, wealth, and happiness go hand-in-hand with sustainable development.

Dr. Bandarage speaks of our growing consciousness of interrelatedness, and our collective economic dilemma and environmental survival. Listen, and be encouraged by the unsustainability of dualism as we move from domination to partnership, with each other and with the earth.
Lean Into Green with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the EconomyDr. Bandarage is an Author, Researcher, and Policy Analyst. She has most recently authored “Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the Economy.” Asoka believes that social science and universal ethics – combined – give us perspective, deep and comprehensive enough, to bring about the partnership of humanity necessary to solve the climate crisis and broader challenges of human and planetary survival.

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comAsoka’s areas of interest include: women and gender studies, multiculturalism, peace and security, South Asia, Sri Lanka, population and ecology.

Dr. Ashoka Bandarage has devoted her scholarly career to environmental sustainability, and studying and teaching how social science
can advance human well-being. Dr. Bandarage has taught at Yale, Brandeis, Georgetown, American, Mount Holyoke where she received tenure, and other universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad.

 

All 21 Free Talks Available for 3 Days: Lean Into Green Encore

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Free Tips and Tools to increase your health, wealth and happiness! Hear women experts in the areas of food safety, interrelatedness, eco-friendly choices, sustainable agriculture, fair trade, health, green economics, women’s spirituality and children’s health. 

Due to the many requests for replays, we are excited to announce an “Encore” Replay of all 21 Free Talks. For three days beginning today, you can sign up and receive these 21 free talks in your inbox.   

Collectively, these 21 Talks represent very timely and life-changing information. We feel privileged to be an advocate and proponent of this “good news” and inspiring truth-telling. I have already put some of the new tips and tool in place in my life. Here are 3 examples examples of what you will hear:

Lori Alper at Lean Into Green Online EducationLori Alper helps us “Go Green” in easy steps.  First, your food should have no contact with plastic. Listen and learn why this is important for your family’s health. Second, switch to reusable shopping bags. Third, gradually change to non-toxic cleaning products as you run out. Fourth, replace your family’s personal care products with safe ones. Fifth, take your shoes off at the door to keep toxins outside. Much more about cookware (learn how your stainless steel can be non-stick), gardens and grass (the greener the more pesticides), BBQs (low temp and flip often), and the Bees – stop using Bee-toxic pesticides.

Leslie Reichert the Green Cleaning Coach at Lean Into Green Online EducationLeslie Reichert will take you on a green cleaning tour of your home, garden, and automobile, with tips and tricks for cleaning green! She has recipes, 30 second videos, safe cleaning products, and all the reasons for using them. Learn about cleaning chocolate and wine stains permanently, completely, and safely. Save money and your health with 4 basic cleaning products in your grocery isle: Vinegar, Salt, Baking Soda and Lemon Juice. Save money, water and cleaning products with “Bucketless Mopping.” Learn about blue microfiber cloths to make the inside of your car windows sparkle, and so much more!

Non-Toxic Kids with Katy Farber at Lean Into GreenKaty Farber says, “We can and do have an impact as parents. We can organize and act on issues of children’s health…Climate Change is a children’s health issue. We need to protect our kids from significant pollution.” We can buy organic dairy, and store our foods in Mason Jars vs. plastic, to reduce our family’s exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals. Katy Farber teaches Service Learning: finding and solving problems in local communities to increase children’s self-esteem, and to change a community’s perception of kids and teens.

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Judy Grahn at Lean Into Green Online Education

Judy Grahn at Lean Into Green Online EducationJoin us on day 7 of Lean Into Green Online Education. Judy Grahn talks on the subject of Women’s Spirituality: We Must Go Back to Go Forward Sustainably.

Judy says, “We make greener choices when we have ways to really identify with Nature.”  Grassroots and academic women have been developing Women’s Spirituality for 40 years — a history that looks behind the curtain of patriarchal times.  Women centered knowledge has been suppressed in the interest of men developing their own sciences.  Now, it’s time for women to step forward again.

“Women’s Spirituality is the practice of connecting with, and being in relationship with, what is imminent and energetic in Nature.” You will gain a sense of where we might go and how we might change from a materialist and mechanistic view to a much more contemporary world view, one where everything is imminent and in process.  Science of all kinds is moving in the direction of a women-centered way of being.  Women’s Spirituality is spreading out into our culture in many different ways.  Learn about an online curriculum that includes Archeo-Mythologists, Dancers and Artists.  Judy closes this interview with her “Common Woman” poem.

Judy Grahn is a poet and author. She is one of the Founding Mothers of the Lesbian Feminist Movement in the United States. Judy co-directs the Master’s course in Women’s Spirituality at Sofia University. This is a two-year women-centered program which meets online throughout the academic year,and for three residencies held on campus in beautiful Palo Alto, California. Graduates use their degrees as a catalyst for change in themselves, in their communities, and in the world.

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