There never was a good war or a bad peace. ~Ben Franklin
How about we get the women of TPF organized into a anti-war culture jam? I'd suggest naming it after the Jeannette Rankin Brigade, that was the first woman-led antiwar caucus on Capitol Hill.
For more on Jeannette Rankin, see the film "A Single Woman"
Here's a preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDMh0V_br4w
If you've seen the film, post your review here! (In this thread dedicated to the famous pacifist.)
"I felt the first time the first woman had a chance to say no to war she should say it."
She was re-elected to Congress in 1940 on an explicitly antiwar platform.
In 1968 Rankin established the Jeannette Rankin Brigade and led thousands of marchers to protest the war in Washington, D.C. to protest the Vietnam War.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee: once the lone voice against the Afghanistan war
In 2001, Lee was the only vote in Congress against the war, just days after 9/11. Eleven years later, she's not gloating
"We are not dealing with a conventional war," she said. "We cannot respond in a conventional manner. I do not want to see this spiral out of control … If we rush to launch a counterattack, we run too great a risk that women, children and other noncombatants will be caught in the cross-fire … Finally, we must be careful not to embark on an open-ended war with neither an exit strategy nor a focused target. We cannot repeat past mistakes."
Today 60% of Americans believe the country should not be involved in Afghanistan, 59% believe the war has not been a success, two thirds oppose the war and more than half want US troops out quicker than 2014.
In her speech she warned Congress: "As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore." ... She believes that when it comes to its constitutional duties she describes Congress as "missing in action".
Lee believes that as America prepares to move on it should not neglect is responsibility to right those things it has done wrong. "We bombed the heck out of these countries. We shattered lives. The refugee numbers are horrendous. We've unfortunately killed innocent civilians. We have a moral responsibility to figure out how to help."
Peace Pilgrim in Hawaii - 1980
|Born||July 18, 1908
Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
|Died||July 7, 1981
Peace Pilgrim (July 18, 1908 – July 7, 1981) born Mildred Lisette Norman, was an American pacifist, vegetarian, and peace activist. In 1952, she became the first woman to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one season. Starting on January 1, 1953, in Pasadena, California, she adopted the name "Peace Pilgrim" and walked across the United States for 28 years.
A transcript of a 1964 conversation with Peace Pilgrim from a broadcast on KPFK radio in Los Angeles, California, was published as "Steps Toward Inner Peace". She stopped counting miles in that year, having walked more than 40,000 km (25,000 mi) for peace.
One famous work of pacifist feminism is Virginia Woolf's Three Guineas. In that book, she argues that:
though many instincts are held more or less in common by both sexes, to fight has always been the man's habit, not the woman's. Law and practice have developed that difference, whether innate or accidental. Scarcely a human being in the course of history has fallen to a woman's rifle; the vast majority of birds and beasts have been killed by you, not by us; and it is difficult to judge what we do not share.
How then are we to understand your problem, and if we cannot, how can we answer your question, how to prevent war? The answer based upon our experience and our psychology—Why fight?—is not an answer of any value. Obviously there is for you some glory, some necessity, some satisfaction in fighting which we have never felt or enjoyed. Complete understanding could only be achieved by blood transfusion and memory transfusion—a miracle still beyond the reach of science.
It's 2019. The TPF Steering Committee is interested to see more women on the board. If you live in the Tulsa area, and you're interested in attending, please consider joining us for our next meeting. We meet on the 3rd Friday of the month, at the UU Church of the Restoration, 1314 N.Greenwood Ave., in Tulsa. Exact time TBA.
Did you know? When women participate in a peace process, it increases the likelihood of peace lasting longer.
See this article: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/06/women-in-peace-negotiations-...