The Lady Speaks

Strike | Dance | Rise! To end violence against women

“One billion women violated is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a revolution.”

Violence against women is an unchecked epidemic. According to the United Nations [PDF], 1 in 3 women worldwide will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. One billion women. Gender-based violence causes more deaths and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents, and war combined.

Violence against women isn’t a local issue, or a cultural issue, or a national issue. It affects every woman in every country on the planet. It is a widespread pattern of women being devalued and dehumanized, regardless of where they live.

Victims of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, religious violence, economic violence, environmental violence, war zone violence. Rape and sexual assault, domestic abuse, incest, female genital mutilation, acid attacks, war crimes, child marriage, sexual slavery, forced childbirth, dowry murders, honor killings, murders of female infants, girls and women, lack of education, substandard or non-existent medical care, high unemployment, lack of proper housing or nutrition.

V-Day began in 1998 as a “global movement to end violence against women and girls.”

On February 14, 2013, the 15th anniversary of V-Day, women and men who support them — grassroots activists, writers, celebrities, politicians, artists, and ordinary citizens around the world — will join together and dance as a form of protest, until there are ONE BILLION RISING.

Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and creator of V-Day:

“When One Billion bodies rise and dance on 14 February 2013, we will join in solidarity, purpose and energy and shake the world into a new consciousness.

Dancing insists we take up space. It has no set direction but we go there together. It’s dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive. It breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere at anytime with anyone and everyone. It’s free. No corporation can control it. It joins us and pushes us to go further. It’s contagious and it spreads quickly. It’s of the body. It’s transcendent.”

Watch the trailer:

TRIGGER WARNING for violence, abuse.

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September 27, 2012 Posted by | Feminism, Human Rights, Planet Earth, Violence Against Women, War On Women, Women | Leave a comment

The Longest Walk Ends

They started at Alcatraz on February 11th.

Five months. Two routes. Over 4,000 miles. From sea to shining sea.

On foot.

175 days (4200hrs.) ago walkers from all over Indian country as well as international allies embarked on a journey that carried them through rain, snow, and even a tornado.

Two paths were taken to make the journey, both a Northern and Southern route, in order to bring awareness to and address environmental and sacred sites protection, cultural survival, youth empowerment and Native American rights.

Thousands of walkers, which included new born babies and elders in their 90s, representing more than 100 Nations joined the Walk along the way. The Navajo (Dine’ Nation), Hopi, Apache, Havasupai, Tunica-Biloxi, Anishinaabeg, Wintun, Hualapai, Lakota, Six Nations, Ute, Washo, and many others as well as representatives from New Zealand, Germany, Japan, Italy, Holland, Poland comprised the diverse Walk. As they walked they picked up more than 8,000 bags of trash on the roads they traveled.

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July 11, 2008 Posted by | America, Equality, Global Warming, Government, Human Rights, Native Americans, Planet Earth | 3 Comments

Requiem for a Martyr

Martin Luther King, Jr
January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

April 4, 2008 Posted by | America, Government, Human Rights, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Vietnam, World Peace | 3 Comments

Friday Anti-War Song

Free the Dove
— Written by Karie Hillery & Charles Lamont
— Performed by Karie Hillery

See the stars
As they light a path around the moon
They shine above
The light of love
Free the dove

See the sun
Blazin’ a bright trail across the sky
It warms the earth
A new day’s birth
Darkness past
Peace will last
A world of love
Free the dove

We must save what nature made
A peaceful place where living things run free
Dreams, realities… it’s up to you and me

So reach inside
And then reach for another’s hand
You’ll have enough
So share the love
Free the dove

Can you see the hope
Shining in the eyes of every child?
Build for them a world at peace
A place to dream
Air to breathe
Enough to eat
A world of love
Free the dove

We can dream
If we believe then they’ll come true
It’s up to us
So share the love
Free the dove

It’s up to us
So share your love
Free the dove

From New Songs for Peace

January 18, 2008 Posted by | America, Government, Human Rights, Music, Politics, Protest, War | Leave a comment

Friday Anti-War Song

In a World Gone Mad
— Beastie Boys

In a world gone mad it’s hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the non-violent fight

Mirrors, smokescreens and lies
It’s not the politicians but their actions I despise
You and Saddam should kick it like back in the day
With the cocaine and Courvoisier
But you build more bombs as you get more bold
As your mid-life crisis war unfolds
All you want to do is take control
Now put that axis of evil bullshit on hold
Citizen rule number 2080
Politicians are shady
So people watch your back ’cause I think they smoke crack
I don’t doubt it look at how they act

In a world gone mad it’s hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the non-violent fight

First the ‘War On Terror’ now war on Iraq
We’re reaching a point where we can’t turn back
Let’s lose the guns and let’s lose the bombs
And stop the corporate contributions that they’re built upon
Well I’ll be sleeping on your speeches til I start to snore
‘Cause I won’t carry guns for an oil war
As-Salamu alaikum, wa alaikum assalam
Peace to the Middle East peace to Islam
Now don’t get us wrong ’cause we love America
But that’s no reason to get hysterica
They’re layin’ on the syrup thick
We ain’t waffles we ain’t havin’ it

In a world gone mad it’s hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the non-violent fight

Now how many people must get killed?
For oil families pockets to get filled?
How many oil families get killed?
Not a damn one so what’s the deal?

It’s time to lead the way and de-escalate
Lose the weapons of mass destruction and the hate
Say ooh ah what’s the White House doin’?
Oh no! Say, what in tarnation have they got brewing??!!!!???!!
Well I’m not pro Bush and I’m not pro Saddam
We need these fools to remain calm
George Bush you’re looking like Zoolander
Trying to play tough for the camera
What am I on crazy pills? We’ve got to stop it
Get your hand out my grandma’s pocket
We need health care more than going to war
You think it’s democracy they’re fighting for?

In a world gone mad it’s hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the non-violent fight

December 14, 2007 Posted by | America, Bush, Cheney, Children, Civil War, Government, Human Rights, Iraq, Middle East, Military, Music, Pentagon, Politics, Protest, Republicans, War, White House, World Peace | Leave a comment

Democratic Leadership and Other Oxymorons

Oh holy fucking shit.

No wonder.

No wonder neither Reid nor Pelosi has shown enough spine to investigate, why impeachment has been pulled off the table, why they’ve allowed Republicans to continue obstructing and subverting.

They knew we – as in our country – was using torture.

They knew we were torturing suspected terrorists – in 2002.

From the Washington Post:

In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said. [my emphasis] Continue reading

December 9, 2007 Posted by | America, Bush, Congress, Democrats, Government, Human Rights, Politics, Republicans, War, White House | 5 Comments

Bush is the Law, Bitchez

h/t to emptywheel

I’m just posting this in its entirety. No words from me are necessary.

Although, I would like to say: if you read all this, and your reaction isn’t “HOLY F**KING CRAP! These people need to be impeached, if not sent straight to The Hague!” then you should definitely apply for a job within the Bush misAdministration.

US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on the floor of the Senate this morning:

We will shortly consider making right the things that are wrong with the so-called Protect America Act, a second-rate piece of legislation passed in a stampede in August at the behest of the Bush Administration. It is worth for a moment considering why making this right is so important.

President Bush pressed this legislation not only to establish how our government can spy on foreign agents, but how his administration can spy on Americans. Make no mistake, the legislation we passed in August is significantly about spying on Americans – a business this administration should not be allowed to get into except under the closest supervision. We have a plain and tested device for keeping tabs on the government when it’s keeping tabs on Americans. It is our Constitution.

Our Constitution has as its most elemental provision the separation of governmental powers into three separate branches. When the government feels it necessary to spy on its own citizens, each branch has a role.

The executive branch executes the laws, and conducts surveillance. The legislative branch sets the boundaries that protect Americans from improper government surveillance. The judicial branch oversees whether the government has followed the Constitution and the laws that protect U.S. citizens from violations of their privacy and their civil rights.

It sounds basic, but even an elementary understanding of this balance of powers eludes the Bush administration. So now we have to repair this flawed and shoddy “Protect America Act.” Continue reading

December 7, 2007 Posted by | America, Bush, Cheney, Constitution, Human Rights, Law, White House | 1 Comment

Friday Anti-War Song

It’s very simple to understand now. Children of lower-income families whose parents can’t afford insurance for them are not important to Republicans or to the White House. It’s okay to ask for $190 billion to continue a lost cause, but it is not okay to ask for $35 billion over 5 years in order to provide healthcare to children.

It’s okay for a Republican to stand up and deride “socialized medicine” and “government healthcare” while they and their families receive free, taxpayer-funded, government healthcare, but it is not okay to ensure millions of children have access to preventive care and early intervention services.

We learned something about the Republican Party, thanks to the furor over SCHIP:

War = good. Providing lower-income kids with access to healthcare = bad.

Rep. Pete Stark (D-Ca) expressed it well:

Woot. Go Pete!!

Now, maybe you’re wondering what SCHIP has to do with the Friday Anti-War Song. Or maybe you’re a smart, involved, Democratic voter, and you already know. But I’ll lay it out anyway:

40 Days’ Worth of Funding for the Iraq War Would Pay
for Health Insurance for 10 Million American Children.

And, with that, here’s today’s song, from New Songs for Peace:

How Long?

How long will children have to wait
‘Til we stop teaching how to hate
How soon we learn we demonstrate what we believe

How long will children have to wait
‘Til we stop teaching how to hate
How soon we learn we demonstrate what we believe

We drop our bombs we let them go
They fall on people we don’t know
So will we reap just what we sow and too will grieve

How long will children have to wait
‘Til we stop teaching how to hate
How soon we learn we demonstrate what we believe

We cause our terror in the night
To make it easier to fight
I hope our research is all right
How will we know if it ever is

How long will children have to wait
‘Til we stop teaching how to hate
How soon we learn we demonstrate what we believe

How long will children have to wait
‘Til we stop teaching how to hate
How soon we learn we demonstrate what we believe

Written by Martin Thomas & Art Goodtimes
Performed by Joey Lindly

October 19, 2007 Posted by | America, Children, Congress, Family, Government, Human Rights, Music, Politics, Protest, SCHIP, US Military, War, White House, World Peace | 5 Comments

Together We Stand – for Freedom


Today is International Blogger Day for Burma. Thousands of bloggers from around the world are joining together to support the Burmese people and to stand for freedom.

Join the fight. Click the picture and sign the petition. Add your blog to the thousands already signed up, or add your voice to the millions calling for freedom for the Burmese people.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s Nobel laureate:

Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man’s self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.

October 4, 2007 Posted by | Free Burma, Government, Human Rights | | 4 Comments