From today’s New York Times.
ON THIS DAY
On March 4, 1933, the start of President Roosevelt’s first administration brought with it the first woman to serve in the cabinet: Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.
Posted in Congress, Executive Branch, Republican Party, US Senate, women in government, Women Leaders, tagged Coretta Scott King, Donald Trump, Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Sessions, Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell on February 8, 2017| 1 Comment »
We are bloody but unbowed. Yesterday, after massive efforts of letter writing, phone calling, emailing, and petition signing, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education by an historic tie-breaking vote by VP and Senate President Mike Pence.
Not long afterward, the effort to confirm Jeff Sessions, noted bigot, as Attorney General ran into an effort by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to read a letter penned in 1986 by Coretta Scott King in opposition to Sessions being appointed a federal district judge in Alabama.
We see how this is going.
Here are the Twitter hashtags.
Here is the exchange on the Senate floor.
The swamp gases in DC are toxic.
Stay battle-ready. This is just the beginning.
Thank you, Liz!
Here is the letter.
My Senator, Cory Booker.
From Hillary Clinton:
Cross-posted at Still4Hill.
Posted in Donald Trump, State Department, U.S. Department of Justice, Uncategorized, women in government, Women Leaders, tagged Attorney General, Donald Trump, Monday Night Massacre, Richard Nixon, Sally Yates, Saturday Night Massacre, Sean Spicer, State department on January 31, 2017| Leave a Comment »
Unlike Trump, Nixon actually won the popular vote, but the clumsy CREEP-sponsored break-in at the DNC HQ in the Watergate complex eventually caught up with him.
In case you missed it by dint of being born too late or if you memory is dusty, this Washington Post article gives a pretty thorough account of Nixon’s Saturday Might Massacre as compared to Trump’s legacy tribute last night now dubbed the Monday Night Massacre.
On the night of Oct. 20, 1973, the United States was gripped by a constitutional crisis unlike any in its history.
President Richard Nixon, under investigation for his role in the Watergate scandal, ordered the firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor handling the case, rather than cooperate with him. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus resigned in protest, after refusing to carry out the president’s orders. Nixon went on to abolish the special prosecutor’s office entirely.
The events became known as the “Saturday Night Massacre.” It marked one of the most sordid moments in White House history, with the president using his political power to thwart an investigation and retaliate against his opponents in government.
“Saturday Night Massacre” re-emerged in the popular lexicon again on Monday, when President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for instructing Justice Department lawyers not to defend his order shutting U.S. borders to refugees worldwide and travelers from seven mostly Muslim countries.
Just hours after Acting Attorney General Sally Yates ordered the Department of Justice not to defend President Donald Trump’s refugee ban, the Trump administration ousted her from office. Yates, an Obama appointee, was tasked with serving as attorney general from Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration until his own AG nominee was approved. On Monday evening, Yates announced that the DOJ would not defend Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries while she was in office. Hours later, the Trump administration issued a statement calling Yates “weak” and announcing Dana Boente as her replacement.
Here is Sally Yates, American hero.
The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, not named in the article, is Daniel Ragsdale. He remains at ICE as a deputy director, but the one-two punch stirred echoes of Nixon’s October 1973 purge.
Speaking of purges, what’s up at the State Department? There were these from last week.
I know oust and purge are words we do not normally associate with our peaceful, bloodless transitions of power in this country, but it is probably unnecessary to remind you that nothing is normal – especially our new special relationship with Russia.
Posted in Feminism, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Uncategorized, Women, women and girls, Women in History, Women in the Media, Women Leaders, Women's Issues, Women's rights on January 21, 2017| Leave a Comment »
The morning after the inauguration of the least popular incoming president in modern history, millions boarded all manner of transportation to head to their nearest (or dearest) Women’s March. Many flew or took trains or buses to Washington, DC for the march there. Others went to cities near them.
The numbers are not in yet but there are estimates – almost all of which exceeded expectations. Washington, DC expected 200,000. Estimates are that a half a million showed up. In New York City, the crowd was so large that for hours the march could not move appreciably for lack of space. The same thing happened in Chicago where organizers transformed the march into a rally – no space for people to march! Reports are that the same thing occurred in Los Angeles.
Portland ME police estimated this to be the largest demonstration they had ever encountered. Boston organizers think 150,000 attended there. People tweeted pictures of crowds in Denver, Nashville, Asheville, Atlanta, Sioux City, Phoenix, of a human chain across the Golden Gate Bridge. Across the nation they marched – in the rain in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and in the snow in Boise and Anchorage.
Here are a few of my favorite images from the day starting with a sea of pink pussyhats in the nation’s capital.
Paris put its message in lights.
The Brits displayed their characteristic reserve. They had the best signs.
My favorite Brit marched in New York and declared herself a New Yorker.
A human traffic jam in Los Angeles.
A human chain across the Golden Gate Bridge.
In blinding snow in Anchorage.
A note from a flight attendant who had to work to a passenger who was attending.
The human traffic jam on NY’s 5th Avenue that lasted for hours.
This woman tweeted that she wasn’t ovary-acting.
One guy we know brought his best friend along for his first day as a private citizen.
His predecessor tweeted her support.
Thanks for standing, speaking & marching for our values
@womensmarch. Important as ever. I truly believe we’re always Stronger Together.
‘Hope Not Fear’ Indeed. And what a beautiful piece by Louisa Cannell.
I stand w/ Nora Harren, a 17-year from Boise, ID, & every person marching for our values today. Onward!
Here is a report on estimated numbers and the size and scope. These numbers are expected to be revised upwards.
On the sidelines, this day, Donald Trump attended the National Prayer Breakfast and visited CIA HQ in Langley, VA to tell them what a yuge inauguration he had (it looked like a million – a million-and-a-half people to the guy who saw imaginary thousands in Jersey City celebrating the fall of the towers) and how spectacular the weather had been (it rained – George W. Bush struggled with a plastic poncho). Later his Press Sec stormed into the White House press room to scold the media for telling the truth about the paltry attendance yesterday. He said this was the largest inauguration ever. Period. He took no questions and left in a huff.
The rest of the country and the free world was busy having a lovely Saturday all together. No incidents, no arrests, and according to actress Ally Sheedy, a patrol officer told her how wonderful everyone looked. Everyone was included – babies in strollers and seniors in wheelchairs. It was a great day in history!
Oh! And THIS!
Even those on the international space station know by now what Meryl Streep said at the Golden Globes last night.
Thanks to the New York Times, here is the transcript of Ms. Streep’s speech.
Aside from those of her fellow actors for illustrative purposes, Ms. Streep did not mention a name, but no sooner had these words left her lips than the Twittersphere lit up with predictions of what the minority PEOTUS would tweet in response. They were amazingly accurate indicating either an especially large psychic population or a particularly predictable thin-skinned, short-tempered, self-centered individual.
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a…..
Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never “mocked” a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him…….
“groveling” when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!
Their words speak for themselves. For the record, kindergarten kids know “mocking” when they see it. We all know what we saw. More gaslighting from the unpopular minority guy.
As we move toward the inauguration, we do well to remember that the weakest sense for bullies is their sense of humor. So, just for fun, here’s Andy Borowitz!
So, yes, I have the dubious honor of being on the “Professor Watchlist” — a list published recently by a young alt-right provocateur who knew that such a list would get media traction because of Sen. McCarthy’s attacks on academics during the Red Scare. I made the list not because of complaints about my teaching, but because of my public writing about politics.
It is ironic that this list would label me “leftist.” In fact, in my public life, I do not identify with a political party, and I work with politicians on both sides of the aisle. I also teach the history of American conservative beliefs, as well as those of liberalism. I believe that the nation needs both the Democratic and the Republican parties to be strong and healthy.
It is even more ironic that the list would label me “anti-American.” In fact, I do what I do — all the teaching, writing, speeches and media — because I love America. I am staunchly committed to the principle of human self-determination, and have come to believe that American democracy is the form of government that comes closest to bringing that principle to reality. This nation is not perfect — far from it — but when it is at its best, it has more potential for people of all genders, races and ethnicities to create their own destinies than any other governmental system. I work to teach people about that system, its great triumphs and also its hideous failures. We must learn from the past because the miracle of America is that it is always reinventing itself, giving us the potential to remake it, better, every day.
Posted in Democratic Party, Hillary 2016, Hillary Clinton, Hillary for America, Hillary for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Human Rights, misogyny, Republican Party, sexism, Uncategorized, Women in History, Women in the Media, Women Leaders, Women's History Month, tagged Bernie Sanders, Beyonce, Black Panther Party, Donald Trump, Formation, Hillary Clinton, Huffington Post, Kathleen Cleaver, Melissa Harris-Perry, MHP, MSNBC on March 28, 2016| 1 Comment »
This article is interesting for several reasons.
First: The odd pairing of Hillary Clinton and MHP in a header. No comment from Hillary Clinton has ever indicated that she is aware of MHP’s existence, her show, or of the many negative remarks from MHP about her over the years. But MHP has gone after HRC enough to have made me quit watching her now-defunct show long before its demise. More than three years ago this was the final straw for me.
February 4, 2013 by still4hill
When I posted this yesterday, Hillary Clinton’s Kitten Heels Not Necessarily A Shoo-In, it triggered a few emails from folks apparently not willing to post publicly in a comment thread all of which took the same tone. As if talking to a six-year-old afraid of the thunder, these presumably younger, less bitter and burnt voices assured Gen-Hillary, bitter, old Boomer me that no-no-no-no-no! If she runs in 2016, Hillary will not experience the same nasty treatment she received in 2008, not at all! Not with those high approval ratings! Bill’s wife will not be treated as appendage of his now that she has blazed her own path (as if she had not already done that in the Senate before her presidential campaign). It will be kinder, gentler campaign coverage. Yeah, right. And as if on cue, this. I will let the video* speak for itself.
“Rebecca, author of “big girls don’t cry.” she is the Hillary fan I like to bring to balance out the Hillary hate that will emerge from me if i am not careful.” – Melissa Harris Perry, MSNBC, 02-03-2013
*Vodpod videos no longer available.
Noooooooo, of course they won’t trash Hillary again. Of course not.
At the time I originally posted this, I did not know about this article. I have no idea how this flew below my radar in 2008.
MHP’s imaginary relationship with Hillary Clinton has always, oddly, been based on Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind despite Hillary Clinton having very few, if any, personality traits in common with Scarlett O’Hara and MHP continually casting herself inexplicably as some variety of anti-Mammy despite her contention that Mammy is the actual brain of the O’Hara clan. Choosing Rebecca Traister as her “pro-Hillary” foil on that broadcast was most befuddling, first because Traister was not especially pro-Hillary in her opus Big Girls Don’t Cry, and second because MHP had access to several truly pro-Hillary women among her own colleagues and connections at MSNBC at the time.
The second reason the Huffpo article is interesting is MHP’s claim that she lost editorial control over her show for wanting to discuss Beyonce’s Formation video.
The day after Super Bowl 2016, everybody was talking about Beyonce’s Formation in terms most amazing to me. As someone who spent time visiting the Black Panther HQ in New Haven somewhat regularly in 1970 and 1971, it would never have entered my head to draw any kind of parallel between what Beyonce and her ensemble performed and the men and women I knew in New Haven who provided a breakfast program for kids, day care services, and after-school tutoring for school kids in a colorfully painted basement room along with a laundry list of community services for neighbors behind the walls of a sandbagged, two story clapboard house. They did not wear black, leather, or cartridge belts. I never saw firearms or ammunition in that house, if there were any. So references to that performance as representing Black Panther women were, to me, uninformed and misleading. Apparently, though, that conflict with history was not the intended focus of MHP’s treatment of the video.
When I saw the movie Black Panther Woman around the middle of this month, I had planned to do a post about Kathleen Cleaver and put it on hold as other women organically came into the spotlight. In light of this HuffPo article, now is the time – I’ll seize it.
Many know of Eldridge Cleaver, Minister of Information of the BPP and author of Soul on Ice. His wife, Kathleen Neal Cleaver, is a woman we should meet, recognize, and give her due. She’s a very impressive person!
She was in charge of organizing a student conference at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. At the conference, Kathleen met the minister of information for the Black Panther Party, Eldridge Cleaver. She moved to San Francisco in November 1967 to join the Black Panther Party. Kathleen Neal and Eldridge Cleaver were married on December 27, 1967. Cleaver became the communications secretary and the first female member of the Party’s decision-making body. She also served as the spokesperson and press secretary. Notably, she organized the national campaign to free the Party’s minister of defense, Huey Newton, who was jailed. Kathleen Neal Cleaver was among a small group of women that were prominent in the Black Panther Party, which included Elaine Brown and Ericka Huggins. In 1968 (the same year her husband ran for president on the Peace and Freedom ticket) she ran for California‘s 18th state assembly district, also as a candidate of the Peace and Freedom party. Cleaver received 2,778 votes for 4.7% of the total vote, finishing third in a four-candidate race.
INTERVIEWER: In retrospect, what was the Civil Rights revolution all about?
CLEAVER: By the time the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were passed by the United States Congress, the process of legal change and elimination of official racism was legally completed, but it was not socially completed.
The government that was interested in encouraging the end of restrictions on voting and education on the basis of race didn’t do very much on the level of changing basic attitudes. So where you have a cessation of the implementation by law of racist practices, you really have never seen any major effort on the part of the government or the larger institutions to transform attitudes. And that is where we’ve failed.
INTERVIEWER: What was it that was appealing to you about the Black Panther Party?
CLEAVER: I encountered the Black Panther Party when I was in SNCC. I had gotten involved with the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee at the same time that it articulated black power as its position. I was a student in New York, and I started working in the New York office. The Black Power Movement challenged all the preconceived notions of blacks not being able to determine their own destiny. It was essentially a very nationalistic self-determination position. And what appealed to me about the Black Panther Party was that it took that position of self-determination and articulated it in a local community structure, had a program, had a platform and an implementation through the statement of how blacks should exercise community control over education, housing, business, military service.
INTERVIEWER: Why did the Panthers-SNCC coalition fall apart?
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By SOMINI SENGUPTA
Published: June 17, 2000
Kathleen’s story is testament that we do not stay where we started out. But we stay with the struggle.
Kathleen is featured in the movie Black Panther Woman. It is a must see!
In the days of the New Haven trials, I drove around with my homemade “Free Ericka” sticker on my car window. The point was that Ericka Huggins was unarmed and thus could not have committed the crime of which she was accused.
What MHP was planning to do with Beyonce’s video appears unrelated to the BPP and what they represented and accomplished. That might have qualified as informative, relevant, and appropriate to news media. But MHP never was a true member of the fourth estate, and a cable news hour is not an elective course in political theory.
It should be noted that Eldridge Cleaver ultimately endorsed Ronald Reagan and joined the LDS Church. Kathleen is a graduate of Yale U and Yale Law and a longtime professor of law. “By any means necessary” turned out, very quickly, to be working within the system and never had anything to do with guns and ammo belts.
It is important to get the history right. It is also important to learn from history. Three years ago Millennials and Gen-xers emailed me condescendingly to assure me that there was no way Hillary Clinton would ever again be the target of biased, sexist media. Maybe they thought that the revolution was over. If those same Millennials now follow Bernie Sanders and his call to revolution, they misunderstand the nature of the American Revolution. It is never over. The American Revolution has continued for what will be 241 years next month.
It is one revolution that continues and progresses in extending equal rights to all. It is not a new thing invented in the lifetime of 20-year olds. The American Revolution is the establishment. It is the system. It is the way we have made progress given the right leadership – i.e.- leadership that understands how all aspects of inclusion and participation in our democracy intersect.
There are imposters and the entitled. It is important that we discern them correctly.
Edited to add: And now this from HuffPo today. Millennials and Gen-Xers needn’t bother to email me with any horse manure. Been through this before, as I said this first time. If you pull again what you did in Feb. 2013, I will publish the emails and your email addresses.