The Fifth World Congress on Women

Today is International Women’s Day.  While there is some progress to celebrate, women keep losing rights at an exponential rate in this country. Despite the fact that women comprise 51% of the world’s population, women remain one of the most systematically exploited, discriminated against, and abused groups.  It is high time that we called for the Fifth World Congress on Women.

If one doubts that there is a full-scale War on Women, just consider these recent news stories:

http://www.salon.com/2014/03/22/a_terrifying_precedent_woman_to_be_tried_for_murder_for_giving_birth_to_stillborn/

http://www.salon.com/2014/03/06/judge_overturns_rape_verdict_because_the_victim_didnt_behave_like_a_victim/

http://www.salon.com/2013/08/07/louisiana_parish_claims_incarcerated_14_year_old_consented_to_be_raped_by_her_corrections_officer/

http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2014/03/06/montana-abortion-provider-severely-vandalized-closed-indefinitely/?&utm_medium=email&utm_source=reality&utm_content=5+-+Montana+Abortion+Provider+Severely+Vanda&utm_campaign=rhrc&source=rhrc

Women bear brunt of Iranian crackdown on civil liberties

It is important to note that the metastasizing assault on women’s human rights and liberties has everything to do with the takeover of our government by religious zealots who would turn our country into a theocracy. Christian fundamentalism with its long list of hated freedoms and its misogyny has been spreading virulently like a pestilence and has infiltrated all levels of our government, at the local and state level, in the courts, the legislature, and even the White House for 8 years under George W. Bush, and women are far the worse for it. This is reflected in places like Iran with the resurgence of fundamentalist Islam.

If we want to preserve what is left of our democracy and regain the ground we have lost, we must excise the cancerous religious tyranny that has been allowed to grow that continues to eat away at women’s basic human rights, liberties, autonomy, and agency by confronting and condemning all forms of domination of and violence towards women and girls everywhere and affirm women’s and girls’ right to live in a world free from misogyny and male supremacy. A woman’s sovereign right over her life and her body MUST BE RESPECTED!!!

We will work for gender parity in the form of fair and equal representation in government, an immediate end to the War on Women and ALL wars, ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and we MUST have a 5th World Congress on Women.  Please sign the petition at:  Support a UN 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW).

Sign the Petitions to Ratify the ERA!

We must ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in order to put a stop to the War on Women that is raging throughout the States and in Washington!  Until women have equal standing in the Constitution and are no longer second-class citizens, there will be no end to the assault on women’s rights and progress by those who would like to return women to nothing more than chattel with few opportunities or choices.

Nothing else will effectively correct this inequity.  We have waited far too long for equality under the law and the first step is to remove the deadline for the ERA and recognize Alice Paul’s service to women.

Please help by signing the following petitions:

Women’s Independence Day 2013

In honor of Independence Day, the Women’s Declaration that was written for the femGA of the National Gathering in Philadelphia in 2012 is hereby featured as a reminder that half the human population in this country is still waiting for full Constitutional rights and to raise awareness of the global liberation of women worldwide.  We demand ratification of the ERA and CEDAW, 50/50 gender representation, and an end to the WAR ON WOMEN that proceeds as we speak in Congress!

The Declaration of, by, and for Women

 We, the Women of the United States of America on behalf of all women everywhere, hereby declare that we are inviolable sovereign entities whose worth is self-evident and whose life, liberty, pursuit of happiness and self-determination are inalienable fundamental human rights

Whereas Women have been, are, and will be the basic human template, bearers and sustainers of life, the gardeners, the herbalists, the healers, the nurturers, the teachers, scientists, legislators, doctors, jurists, athletes, inventors, artists, makers of music and makers of home, the poets, the writers, the breadwinners, the builders of community and nations, the cornerstone of society and the family

Whereas the rule by patriarchy for thousands of years has resulted in our rights being abridged, our being treated as property, our bodies being assaulted and sold, the Earth, our mother, plundered and polluted by profligate greed, our peace destroyed by continual war, our communities and families broken, and our institutions corrupted

Whereas patriarchy has perpetuated male dominance by:

  • Systematically excluding women from the realms of power, blocking the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, working against equal representation in government, refusing to ratify the CEDAW convention, and passing discriminatory legislation despite the fact that we are 51% of the population, pay taxes, and are your mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, and wives
  • Denying women economic parity by relying on women’s unpaid domestic labor, raising of children, caring for elders or loved ones who are chronically ill, denying women promotions, equal pay for equal work, working against increases in minimum wage and cost-of-living increases to Social Security
  • Oppressing women and causing immeasurable physical, psychological and emotional harm through commodification, sexual exploitation, trafficking, sexual harassment, rape, molestation, physical assault, emotional abuse, genital mutilation, psychological intimidation, domestic violence
  • Attempting to control women’s reproduction by blocking access to sex education, family planning, birth control methods, pregnancy termination and other medical procedures, thereby restricting women’s autonomy and ability to reach full potential and even endangering women’s lives and health

Whereas the world is dangerously out-of-balance due to the abuse of power characteristic of patriarchy and empire-building, and as there will never be an end to conflict and injustice or lasting peace and harmony so long as women are mistreated and live in one form of bondage or another in societies ruled by men

We the Women hereby declare our independence from sanction or approval by a patriarchal culture or world system.  We abjure and condemn all forms of domination of and violence towards women and girls everywhere.  We declare our human right to live in a world free from misogyny and male supremacy that oppresses us and attempts to alienate us from our sisters in the struggle for truth, justice, fairness, equality, and peace

We unite in spirit and in action with all women and all men of conscience who join us in the struggle against the oppression of patriarchy until every woman in every nation everywhere across the globe can live in a world that is safe, harmonious, and respectful of life and nature, where women and the sacred feminine are again respected and honored as was the case in antiquity, and where we can live in peace and prosperity as many matri-focal societies have done

We hereby join in solidarity with our sisters throughout the world, across the boundaries of space and time, in acknowledging the women who came before us and who will follow us, in acceptance of all ages, colors, socioeconomic classes, national origins, ethnicities, sexual preferences, political affinities, abilities, and spiritual practices, in reclaiming our rightful place in roles of leadership in the family, the workplace, society, worship, and government.

We demand gender parity in the form of fair and equal representation in government, an immediate end to the War on Women and ALL wars, and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).  We reclaim our long denied birthright to fully and freely explore and utilize our gifts, talents, intellect, spirituality, emotional sensibilities, sexuality, creativity, and power and declare this day, July 1, 2012 as our day of GLOBAL  LIBERATION!

Patriarchal Dominionism: The Core of Tyranny

It is no accident that today we are seeing the confluence of the corporate state, the seizure of political power by the church, and an escalating war on women.  Like the corporation, the church was an instrument of the king, and we are coming full circle again, witnessing the blurring of the line between church and state, the ascendancy of corporate fascism, and mounting scapegoating of women.

Some of you may wonder why the GOP has slipped a cog and gone completely off the rails with regard to women’s basic human rights.  The answer is this:  the GOP has been taken over by corporate interests and the right-wing authoritarian fundamentalist church, both of whom have always been exceedingly hostile to women’s autonomy, psychosocial independence, power, financial freedom, and self-determination.  The Republican Party started its slide into fascist theocracy when it put the church’s opposition to abortion into its platform in 1976, and plummeted into full-blown misogyny in 2012 with its rape comments and inclusion of a call for a “fetal personhood” amendment to the Constitution.

In the beginnings of this country, the colonies were ruled by governors who were appointed by the king and who were also church leaders; they also were beholden to and exploited by the corporate arm of the monarchy in the form of the British East India Company.  It was tyranny on the part of both the church and the corporation that led to the series of revolts, such as the Boston Tea Party, that culminated in the American Revolution. The Revolution also coincided with the most outrageous abuse of power by the church:  the witch hunts. This tyranny has a long history, going back to the beginnings of patriarchy.

In antiquity, there was goddess-worship for 25,000 years prior to the advent of patriarchal religions which took over by force.  The goddess-worshipping matrilineal culture of Minoa, an egalitarian and peaceful, prosperous, highly-developed culture that honored and respected the earth and life-giving nature and revered the sacred feminine, was destroyed by an invading patriarchal group who worshipped a male war god who ruled by fear and domination and who brought violence, death and destruction, gender inequality, and the abuse of power with it.

The patriarchal religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, which appeared much more recently and currently dominate, are all Middle-Eastern in origin, and despite all the concern about Sharia Law, there is very little difference between the Al Qaida and Christian fundamentalist dominionists in their zeal to oppress women.  There is likewise little difference between the last two U. S. administrations’ use of torture, labeling people “terrorists”, and use of psychological manipulation and wars to pursue domination of the earth and every creature on it, and the Inquisitions’ and Puritans’ use of torture and labeling women as “witches” and the use of Christian dogma to silence, control, and intimidate.

Though the Christian dominionist reconstructionists would like us to believe that the country was founded as a “Christian nation” and should be ruled by rigid Christian orthodoxy, the fact is they are talking about puritanical colonial America, not the post-revolutionary, independent United States of America, which was founded on the principles of the Enlightenment—rationalism, universalism, empiricism, and most importantly, secularism.  Unless we put a stop to the takeover of our government by both the corporation and the church, we are going to be living in a fascist, authoritarian, Calvinist, corporate theocracy where individual freedoms, especially for women, are a thing of the past.  We must WAKE UP and kick the corporation, and the church, out of government once and for all and pass the Equal Rights Amendment and an amendment to abolish corporate personhood before women once again are chattel and patriarchal corporate and ecclesiastical tyranny totally obliterate the rights of human beings.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominionism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch_hunts

http://www.salon.com/2012/10/26/gops_insane_rape_remarks_arent_outliers/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/25/real-republican-party-rape-platform

http://www.politicususa.com/gop-attempts-drag-america-imaginary-conservative-utopia.html

http://voices.yahoo.com/witch-hunts-as-form-anti-female-discrimination-379982.html?cat=37

http://one-evil.org/content/people_15c_Innocent_VIII.html

http://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/m/malleus_maleficarum.htm

http://sfr-21.org/women.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_witch-hunts

http://voices.yahoo.com/how-martin-luther-john-calvin-conducted-witch-379935.html?cat=37

Eisler, Riane, “The Chalice and the Blade,” Harper & Collins, 1988.

Daly, Mary, “The Church and the Second Sex,” Harper & Row, 1975.

Occupy Patriarchy – WORD March & Rally

WORD Rally 8-26-12

WORD – Women Organized to Resist and Defend organized a march and a rally in Los Angeles on August 26, 2012 and Women-Occupy was there in support.  The signs say it all, summarizing the outrage at the War on Women being waged across the country by the patriarchal, fuedalistic religious right who are attempting to undermine our democracy and replace it with a male supremacist theocracy–a favorite read, “Gender Violence is a Men’s Issue!”

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Celebrities Agree: Vagina Owners Need Rights, Too | Care2 Causes

YES!! Vagina owners, not mere renters (or squatters) HAVE HUMAN RIGHTS TOO!!  This is why we need to pass the ERA, ratify CEDAW, and institute 50/50 gender representation in order to put an end to the War on Women! Please go to the Women’s Declaration and sign it!

THE WOMEN’S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/483/945/818/the-declaration-of-by-and-for-women/

My use of the somewhat crude terms of  “renters” and “squatters” is to graphically emphasize the fact that it is the people who do not HAVE vaginas who are perpetually trying to legislate them.  It truly is a war on women by controlling, arrogant, misogynist men like Romney, and even more so Ryan, and their radical religious right brethren.  For these men, women are nothing more than property they think they own.

It is tragic testimony to how effectively brainwashed some self-hating women are who go along with their agenda and think of themselves as nothing more than property, mainly for the approval of these woman-hating men who love nothing more than for women to beat up other women.  But they betray their own biology, sovereignty, and selfhood by giving away their ownership rights and attacking other women who have enough self-esteem to stand up to this outrageous assault on their human rights.

Celebrities Agree: Vagina Owners Need Rights, Too | Care2 Causes

The Declaration of, by, and for Women – Revised

We, the Women of the United States of America on behalf of all women everywhere, hereby declare that we are inviolable sovereign entities whose worth is self-evident and whose life, liberty, pursuit of happiness and self-determination are inalienable fundamental human rights.

Whereas Women have been, are, and will be the basic human template, bearers and sustainers of life, the gardeners, the herbalists, the healers, the nurturers, the teachers, scientists, legislators, doctors, jurists, athletes, inventors, artists, makers of music and makers of home, the poets, the writers, the breadwinners, the builders of community and nations, the cornerstone of society and the family

Whereas the rule by patriarchy for thousands of years has resulted in our rights being abridged, our being treated as property, our bodies being assaulted and sold, the Earth, our mother, plundered and polluted by profligate greed, our peace destroyed by continual war, our communities and families broken, and our institutions corrupted

Whereas patriarchy has perpetuated male dominance by:

• Systematically excluding women from the realms of power, blocking the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, working against equal representation in government, refusing to ratify the CEDAW convention, and passing discriminatory legislation despite the fact that we are 51% of the population, pay taxes, and are your mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, and wives

• Denying women economic parity by relying on women’s unpaid domestic labor, raising of children, caring for elders or loved ones who are chronically ill, denying women promotions, equal pay for equal work, working against increases in minimum wage and cost-of-living increases to Social Security

• Oppressing women and causing immeasurable physical, psychological and emotional harm through commodification, sexual exploitation, trafficking, sexual harassment, rape, molestation, physical assault, emotional abuse, genital mutilation, psychological intimidation, domestic violence

• Attempting to control women’s reproduction by blocking access to sex education, family planning, birth control methods, pregnancy termination and other medical procedures, thereby restricting women’s autonomy and ability to reach full potential and even endangering women’s lives and health

Whereas the world is dangerously out-of-balance due to the abuse of power characteristic of patriarchy and empire-building, and as there will never be an end to conflict and injustice or lasting peace and harmony so long as women are mistreated and live in one form of bondage or another in societies ruled by men

We the Women hereby declare our independence from sanction or approval by a patriarchal culture or world system. We abjure and condemn all forms of domination of and violence towards women and girls everywhere. We declare our human right to live in a world free from misogyny and male supremacy that oppresses us and attempts to alienate us from our sisters in the struggle for truth, justice, fairness, equality, and peace

We unite in spirit and in action with all women and all men of conscience who join us in the struggle against the oppression of patriarchy until every woman in every nation everywhere across the globe can live in a world that is safe, harmonious, and respectful of life and nature, where women and the sacred feminine are again respected and honored as was the case in antiquity, and where we can live in peace and prosperity as many matri-focal societies have done

We hereby join in solidarity with our sisters throughout the world, across the boundaries of space and time, in acknowledging the women who came before us and who will follow us, in acceptance of all ages, colors, socioeconomic classes, national origins, ethnicities, sexual preferences, political affinities, abilities, and spiritual practices, in reclaiming our rightful place in roles of leadership in the family, the workplace, society, worship, and government.

We demand gender parity in the form of fair and equal representation in government, an immediate end to the War on Women and ALL wars, and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). We reclaim our long denied birthright to fully and freely explore and utilize our gifts, talents, intellect, spirituality, emotional sensibilities, sexuality, creativity, and power and declare this day, July 1, 2012 as our day of GLOBAL LIBERATION!

To sign the abridged Declaration, go to: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/483/945/818/the-declaration-of-by-and-for-women/

The Women’s Revolution has Begun!

On August 18, 2012 there was a rally on the Capitol steps in Washington, D. C. attended by women’s rights activists from all over the U. S.  Sandy Oestreich, founder of the Equal Rights Amendment Alliance, among other women, spoke.  For more information on this important rally, go to: http://www.ratifyeraflorida.net/

THE WOMEN’S REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN

MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT for Immediate Release August 12, 2012

CONTACT:  Sandy Oestreich, President, National Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Alliance—727/ 804-3052

 Women Rally at the U.S. Capitol to Protest surge of “NEO-MEDIEVAL PERSECUTION”, the current all-too-real legislative War on Women

WHEN:  SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:  U.S. CAPITOL WEST LAWN, Washington, DC

WHAT:    LARGE RALLY to PROTEST current partisan legislative WAR ON WOMEN and FAMILIES (e.g., 916 anti-woman, anti-family bills over just 3-month period, ongoing) 

The Capitol (Washington, DC)—The Woman’s Revolution against the partisan very real War on Women–916 anti-woman, anti-family bills IN JUST 3 MONTHS–  kicks off August 18, 2012 at the U.S. Capitol West Lawn, starting Saturday at 10 a.m.  No laughing matter to these women.

 Four sassy, savvy young women are in full rebellion against the War on Women.  A bare few months ago, they came together, hopping-mad, as a grassroots organization at www.WeAreWoman.us to foment a Woman’s Revolution against the stingingly partisan legislative War on Women.  

 Their Rally-Protest at the Capitol will bring busloads of women and men from across the nation. Expect banners, music, balloons, bull horns, cowbells and decorated umbrellas.

 Legendary speakers will represent National Women’s Political Caucus, Planned Parenthood, Huffington Post, National Organization for Women, National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance, Feminist Majority, and others protesting partisan legislators’ actions. Betty Jean Kling (PA) asserts that the ongoing War on Women that “is now gone over the top, absolutely IMMORAL to voters.”  “Engage to be The Change you want to see” is her motto.

Founder- president of the National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance (FL) which works to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) into the U.S. Constitution says they will attend with banners flying.  President Sandy Oestreich (FL) says, “This War is sex discrimination to the max.  ERA makes sex discrimination (male and female alike) a violation of the U.S. Constitution. If we had ERA they would not dare strike at women like this.” Dr. Dorie Rothman (NJ) affirms, “NOTHING else has the power to change this shameful American hobby of treating women/girls as ‘less than’ men and boys.”

According to the National ERA Alliance web site, www.2PassERA,  ERA is still “viable and contemporaneous”,  and since no state has ever rescinded its vote, ratification by just three more state legislatures passes ERA into the U.S. Constitution.   Oestreich declares ERA will finally codify gender-equal treatment “across the board” and put American “females’ birthrights in the nation’s contract with its People.  Without Constitutional backing, women and girls can continue to be subjected to sieges against our personhood from every quarter.  There’s no getting used to that.”

 The site details ERA’s benefits to the economy:  can boost tax revenues, cut Medicare/Medicaid and court costs, raise the  Gross Domestic Product as in other countries, and ERA uniquely requires no funding.     “What’s not to LIKE?”

ERA undergirds all women’s issues, says Wendy Cartright, one of the four WeAreWoman.us founders, “This Rally says we are not going away until women are in the nation’s contract with its people, protected from continued exploitation, harassment, rape and violence. Period.” Tennessee’s Bud Fields of BlogTalkRadio says “We’ve got to become Americans again.  Keeping half the nation’s talents hog-tied is against America’s best interests.  Shouldn’t we be electing ADULTS?”  

www.WeAreWoman.us, info@WeAreWoman.us

www.2PassERA.org, SandyO@PassERA.org

Bud Fields, kybudman@gmail.com   Call in to his BlogTalkRadio Sun. Aug. 19 at 4:30 for the Wrap-up on the Women’s Revolution, (347) 426-3348 

 

Flora Nicholas: The Declaration of Independence 2012 (As Written of, by and for Women)

This is a very good comedic take on the laughable stupidity of male dominionism and institutionalized male supremacy.  The only modification I would submit is:  “. . . we would say to you, the men who have suggested that placing an aspirin between our legs is an acceptable form of birth control, that you are”  instead of “indeed without brain cells,”  you are “giving us a permanent headache,” though the original is certainly inarguably true.

Note to author:  We are living proof that “brilliant minds think alike” as Women Occupy birthed a serious women’s declaration that I penned with the collaboration of others, which was read on July 1, 2012 at the Occupy National Gathering femGA.  To view it, go to:  http://wp.me/p1Tioi-7j

Wanda Sykes for supreme court justice is a superlative choice, BTW.

Flora Nicholas: The Declaration of Independence 2012 (As Written of, by and for Women)