THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL THING YOU WILL READ TODAYSubmitted by paul4won on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 15:10
PLEASE KEEP THIS BUMPED FOR ME. There is an outstanding chance I will be stripped of my State Committeewoman title tonight. II have been suffering from massive adrenalin dumps ever since being "treated" with antidpressants several years ago. I am generally recovered, but still over-react in almost any tense situation. This will be portrayed as being belligerant tonight, and the people who voted me INTO that role are now angry because I won't endorse McCain. Yes, these are supposedly "Ron Paul Republicans" that I expect to stab me in the heart, I mean back, tonight.
I regret the photos of these brave women did not come through, I will forward the email to anyone interested. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like the email with photos sent to you.
This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they
lived only 90 years ago.
Remember, it was not until 1920
that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.
The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed
nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking
for the vote.
And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.
Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing
went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of
'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars
above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding
and gasping for air.
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her
head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her
cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and
suffered a heart attack.Additional affidavits describe
the guards grabbing, dragging,beating, choking, slamming,
pinching, twisting and kicking the women.
Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov.. 15, 1917,
when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his
guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because
they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right
For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their
food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on
a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced
a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her
until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeksï¿?
until word was smuggled out to the press.
So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because-
-why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work?
Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?
Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new
movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle
these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling
booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.
All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the
actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote.
Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege.
Sometimes it was inconvenient.
My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history,
saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk
about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought
kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said.
'What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use,
my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just
younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The
right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'
HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history,
social studies and government teachers would include the movie in
their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere
else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing,
but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think
a little shock therapy is in order.
It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade
a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be
permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor
refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make
The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often
mistaken for insanity.' Please, if you are so inclined, pass
this on to all the women you know.
We need to get out and vote and use this right that was
fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether
you vote democratic, republican or independent party -
remember to vote. (CLAIRE'S NOTE: We need to expose the vote fraud, not vote this time. We MUST STOP PRETENDING there are elections coming up!)
History is being made.