Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Why Pentagon can not be trusted to end rape in military
Kirby Dick, who told the story of military rape in Invvisible War, thinks the Pentagon is not to be trusted to end rape in the military. SEE http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/04/opinion/dont-trust-the-pentagon-to-end-rape.html?hp&_r=0
Monday, June 03, 2013
To end sexual assault in military
To end sexual assault in the military will go a LONG way to ending sexual violence in our society, but its not easy changing patriarchal and the cult of masculinity. It can be done, IMHO. The immediate change would be to remove the commanding officers from the current military legal process--superior officers do not want black marks on their watch, so they tend to squelch complaints of sexual violence. The complaints should go directly to the respective JAG units--they are the ones charged with upholding justice in the military. To make this change would require the various branches of the military to change their administrative practices--the Pentagon under the command of the Commander in Chief and on the urging of Congress & the can make such changes, or Congress can pass a bill requiring such a move. Second, all officers and military personnel should not allow such behavior. Third, all officer and military personnel should undergo diversity training on a regular basis which includes information about power, gender, violence, abuse and a reminder that most people have mothers, grandmothers, wives, husbands, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, etc. who deserve to be treated with respect and equally (a feminist conc ept, and why all should be feminists). Research has found that there is also high rate of domestic violence and abuse among military families. Fourth,anger management training needs to be also included regularly in trainings and updates Fifth, people who violate others should be held accountable for their actions. More long term, we all need to grow more feminist sons and daughters. See http://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/gillibrand-collins-boxer-johanns-benishek-gabbard-begich-blumenthal-coons-franken-hirono-mikulski-pryor-schatz-shaheen-rockefeller-feinstein-hanna-sinema-joined-by-service-members-victimized-by-sexual-assault-in-announcing-bicameral-legislation-reforming-military-justice-system
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Making a Difference
You CAN be the change agent to change the world for the better. Because if not you, then who? http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/lobbying-for-the-greater-good/?hp
Monday, May 27, 2013
Memorial Day 2013
IMHO, the best way to honor all our fallen women and men in uniform is to practice what they gave their lives for: democracy and peace. Remember that the Bill of Rights is not limited to only American citizens but everyone on our soil --and that includes the detainees at Guantanamo...they deserve their day in court: habeas corpus is key to our democracy. Equality means all women should get equal pay for equal work, should NOT be subject to sexual harassment, abuse or violence; that includes within the military, too. Officers are supposed to be gentlemen and role models. In our Republic, Congress should be working for the people--we hired them and pay for them to have the best health care, excellent pay (the average family in US earned $51,413 at the end of 2011, Congrssional starting salary: $174,000)--yet they are not productive. In the real world they would be fired! So, let your Congrssional reps and Snators know how you feel--many of us contacting them might make a difference; if they are too wrappd up in money from lobbyists then we need to demand Campaign Finance Reform. Speaking of Congress on this Memorial Day, they should be making sure that the Veterans Administration is fully funded so that returning soldiers have access to the best health care, including mental health; housing; education; and JOBS! Our returning soldiers along side their civilian counterparts could be fixing our failing infrastructure and/or state building in their own communities, if there was a JOBS bill! In short, we should be thankful for the men and women who have given their lives for our democracy, thus, to honor them: we should all vote, be involved in our community, and practice democracy!
Saturday, October 06, 2012
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Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Wisconsin: First Blush Analysis
Okay, I will admit it, I was hoping that all the money flowing into the Wisconsin Recall was not going to trump the votes of/voice of the democrats. But it did. Walker raised over $30 Million to Barrett's $3.9 million. Big Money won. As one of my former students tweeted this morning: money corrupts politics. This is a result of the Citizern's United SCOTUS decision. The money allowed for the Republicans to get their message out loud and clear. The money allowed for the money'd to protect their interests: halting collective bargaining, attacking workers rights and public unions, demonizing teachers.. . The Democrats did not have a clear message, or get their message out clearly. While the "We Are One" movement did deliver the 40% of voters' signatures necessary to hold the recall, 40% did not translate to the necessary majority. The Dems needed a more focused Get Out The Vote campaign... So what this protend for the future? It means that if labor unions are going to survive they need to educate everyone about why they are necessary--from historical "we gave all of you the weekend, 40 hour work weeks, etc..." to "we helped create the middle class, and social mobibility" to the future... The messages have to be clear and hit home. They have to be aimed at public and private unions... It means that the Dems have to reconnnect with the voters that they have lost over the past 30 years to the Republicans, and to those who are not affiliated with a political party...(Reagan, who started the voter move from Dem to Rep, would not be all that electable today, BTW, His positions would be considered much further left than Obama's!) What I would like to see is Campaign Finance Reform, but I would bet the house that we will see the Dems & Unions & those other liberal causes scrambling to raise more money to spend on elections rather than on providing services, education, & sources. So, we will see each side become more entrenched; compromise, if it already has not become a thing of the past, will become even more rare; and our Republic will be exactly what Rousseau had predicted: counter to the general will.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
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