Today’s Shero, Anita Hill.
In 1991 Hill accused US Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas, of sexual harassment. Thomas was her boss at the US Department of Education and Equal Opportunity Commission. Hill was a respected attorney and professor at the time, roles she still holds. An FBI interview with Hill was leaked, and Hill was called to testify.
“He spoke about … such matters as women having sex with animals and films showing group sex or rape scenes,” she said, adding that on several occasions Thomas graphically described “his own sexual prowess” and the details of his anatomy. Hill also recounted an instance in which Thomas examined a can of Coke on his desk and asked, “Who has put pubic hair on my Coke?”
She was accused by Orin Hatch of scheming with “slick lawyers” in an effort to discredit Thomas and female witness waiting in the wing to corroborate her story were never called into the chamber to do so.
She took a polygraph test (sound familiar, Dr. Ford did too) but alas, many did not believe her “tale.” What resulted was nothing short of character assassination.
Other women stepped forth after the confirmation, and many believe Thomas lied under oath…yet, there he sits and he is about to be joined by Kavanaugh.
What we really need to be understanding is that all of these things matter and they all stem from the fact that certain people live with power and authority and they want to maintain it.
We wanted to create a tribe of people who are not afraid to get political. There is this idea that talking about politics is not polite conversation, that discussing politics makes people uncomfortable. It was this unwillingness to talk about issues like social justice, human rights, women’s rights, and general political opinion that has brought us to this point in time.
We decided to SPEAK UP, to RAISE HELL, and to GET INVOLVED. This is not a time for complacency. We do not have the luxury of avoiding difficult conversations. We hope you feel the same and if so, consider liking and following us on Facebook.
We may be small, but we are growing every day with your help. Do you have any friends that may want to get political with us? If so, please let them know they have a home here.
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I have re-read the opinion piece published yesterday in the Times several times now and I am NOT comforted by the fact that “there are adults in the room.” Honestly, I have been in a fight or flight stress response since Trump won the Presidency and I am petrified, appalled, and shocked almost daily by his words, actions and TWEETS. So, if this is supposed to be a subdued or controlled Trump, then this is FAR worse then we ever imagined. This is a CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS.
Mary Harris Jones, aka Mother Jones, was an Irish immigrant, school teacher, dress maker, and union/labor organizer. She was feisty and fearless. She organized strikes and fought for union rights during a time when women were expected to stay home and did not have the right to vote (Civil War time, folks, this was a women way ahead of her time). She was once called the most dangerous woman in America. Don’t you love ❤️ her! Raise HELL!
“No matter what the fight, don’t be ladylike!”
“Sit down and read. Educate yourself for the coming conflicts.”
― Mother Jones
Lucy Parsons was an American labor organizer. She was the OG Anarchist (an Original Gangsta). Although little is known about her childhood, many believe she was born a slave. In the 1920s the Chicago policy department called her “more dangerous than a thousand rioters.” She fought for the 8 hour day and other workers’ rights.
Not only was she an active force in the US labor movement, she was a political activist and fought for prison rights on behalf of people of color, women, and the disenfranchised. She understood that poverty and unemployment was a class issue and fought oppression her entire life.
Lucy was a Badass and not afraid to stand up for others.
Jane Addams was an activist, social worker, woman suffragette, protester and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. She felt women should play an active role in the community and this started with the right to vote. She cofounded Hull House (a settlement house in Chicago) and the ACLU. Her focus on ethics provide guidance for those seeking social justice today. She called for people to teach by example, to practice cooperation, and to practice social democracy, that is, egalitarian, or democratic, social relations across class lines.
She was an active force in passing the Federal Child Labor Law. She is well remembered for her political action for peace, her ethical values, compassion for others, and social work. If you are looking for an empathetic labor movement activist, Jane is your gal.
“It is well to remind ourselves, from time to time, that “Ethics” is but another word for “righteousness,” that for which many men and women of every generation have hungered and thirsted, and without which life becomes meaningless.”
― Jane Addams, Democracy and Social Ethics