Tuesday, July 21, 2009


I myself boycotted the NOW convention in Indianapolis this year. I was a member but thought that NOW has loss touch with the real issue of women and feminism. President Kim Gandy put the knives in the average womans back, and did not step up to the plate when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was attacked, or Governor Sarah Palin. Women's rights and activism is not about age or race but a matter of reaching out and including all. President Kim Gandy lost that. This is the reason the endorsed candidate Latifa Lyles lost, she represented more of the same. "Please" with the idea that just because a woman is black that she can offer something more than a white candidate, it is only proving that you yourself is racist, and if your banking on the fact because she is young and black she can bring a whole different demographic is just kidding yourself. "Quality" & an instilling candidate can do that...


NOW elects Maryland woman its next president
(AP) – Jun 21, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The National Organization for Women has elected a 56-year-old Maryland woman as its next president in a close win over a rival who had been endorsed by the group's current president.
NOW said Terry O'Neill, who is white, defeated Latifa Lyles, a 33-year-old African-American woman from Washington, D.C., during the organization's three-day national conference in Indianapolis. The group did not release totals from Saturday's vote.
Lyles had been enthusiastically endorsed by current NOW President Kim Gandy, who retires from NOW on July 20 after eight years as the group's president.
Gandy had said Lyles, who would have been NOW's youngest president ever, would "take NOW to a different level" by recognizing the nation's "generational shift."
Lyles had said she could help give NOW, with a mostly white and over-40 membership, a new image of youth and diversity that would appeal to younger feminists.
O'Neill, who is one of the oldest at the start of a term, said in a prepared statement that she was "honored and eager" to lead NOW.
"My experience with domestic violence, as an abused wife left me humiliated and embarrassed. I only began to talk about this publicly five years ago as I realized that to keep quiet was to continue the abuse. I want to empower women and telling my story does just that," she said.
NOW press secretary Mai Shiozakiis referred calls on Saturday's vote tally to O'Neill, who declined Sunday to be interviewed. She referred calls about the vote totals to her spokeswoman.
"It's been quite a whirlwind and I don't have those," O'Neill said.
O'Neill's spokeswoman, Hannah Olanoff, said Sunday that the vote totals were not immediately available but she said it was a "close election," as had been expected.
She said NOW would hold a news conference at the end of the week to discuss the election.
O'Neill, who has taught law at Tulane University, was NOW's vice president for membership from 2001-05. Most recently, she has been chief of staff for a county council member in Maryland's Montgomery County.

"Remember Her Name"

Irena Sendler - who recently died at 98 years of age, was a 2008 Nobel Peace Prize NomineeDuring WWII, Irena was given permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a plumbing/sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive. Being German, Irena knew what the Nazi plan was for Jews. Irena smuggled out infants in the bottom of a tool box she carried in the back of her truck. She used a burlap sack for bigger children. She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers wanted nothing to do with her dog.. The barking covered noises of the infants and children.Irena managed to smuggle out and save 2500 infants and children, before she was caught! The Nazi's broke both her legs and arms, and beat her severely. Irena kept a record in a jar buried under a tree in her back yard of all the children she smuggled out. After the war, she tried to locate all parents that may have survived to reunite families, but most had been gassed. The children she could not reunite were placed with foster families or adopted. Irena was nominated for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. Al Gore won for a slide show on Global Warming. Help send this email around the world so that this 'noble' lady is remembered for her bravery.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

"Happy Independence Day"

Democracy In Suffrage would like to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day to everyone. We honor the women & men who gave their life to give Independence and birth to a nation such as ours...
But in these grave times that the “Bill of Rights” & “The Constitution” our being ignored, not upheld and trampled on by the very women & men we sent to Washington to uphold these laws...
“Elections” that equal to third world countries where accountability is no more. Were the great women of this land after over two hundred years are still second class citizen. Washington has representation by only 17% women, yet we are over half the population. Earn still less for the same work as men, shackled with our reproductive rights held over are head and threatened every election to vote for one joker after another. Divided by are own ranks instead of putting aside our difference, and uniting...
Is 2009 the year women celebrate their Independence Day? “Don't know, but is it not time women lead the charge to take back our government, like every other great movement in this country...