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Those watching “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu cannot be faulted for thinking they might be living a cyncial version of the old 1940s “Road” pictures with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour. (Who gave her that name?!) A movie called “The Road to Gilead.” Emily Peck has other ideas, but there are portents that cannot be denied.

Women In The U.S. Don’t Live In A Dystopian Hellscape. Yet.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” resonates, but there’s reason for hope.

Peck is pretty optimistic positing that the road to Gilead is fraught with lots of potholes and obstructions, but we do well not to focus too narrowly on the falling rock on one side of the highway thereby missing the sheer cliff on the other side.

I am not watching “The Handmaid’s Tale,” much as I would like to. I simply refuse to pay another dollar beyond my already expensive FiOS service, so Hulu and Netflix are out for me.  I have, however, read the book. The coincidence of the airing of the mini-series with the Democratic “Unity Tour” should set off some bells and whistles.

This is the axiom Peck offers that Bernie supporters continue to reject.

“Progress does not happen in a straight line. Setbacks are inevitable. What’s critical is what comes next.”

They rejected it during the 2016 primaries renouncing any and all incremental policies proposed by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and stubbornly continued their opposition during the general election.  They persist in their unwillingness to allow the Democratic Party to evolve naturally and have set out to take it over and overturn the common sense principles that have been its warp and woof since the groundbreaking days of FDR.  Rather than empowering women, the party is rolling back its liberating positions on women under the influence of a man who refuses to join the party.  No, this is not a relitigation or extension of the 2016 primaries.  It is a fight for the future.

The parallels between the dystopia Atwood projected and perceived potential effects of the new administration are not limited to Trump’s positions and those of his cronies. The BernieBros continue to have a hand in suppressing female issues, concerns, and voices within the only party likely to continue to highlight them.

Women have a stake in resisting efforts on either side to curtail our rights and freedoms. Resisters must do it for ourselves.  But we must be careful not to lose the party.  That is where the strength is.  The reason the BernieBots are fighting to usurp that power is because they know that a third party will have no muscle except to do what they have done in 2000 and 2016 – split the progressive vote.

We must remember that there was a reason why, at the end of her senior thesis, Hillary Clinton spurned Saul Alinsky’s methods (i.e. change from without the system rather than within) as well as the job he offered her and opted for the discipline of law school instead.  We have to be in it to win it.

Leaving the party  is no solution.  Think hard before you do that because it is not only the Trump crowd that would happily see us in shades of red, blue, green, and stripes according to their designations of how we serve.  We cannot determine our fate from the outside.  The Bernie crowd knows this, and that is why they fight to take over the party.  Let’s not just abandon it to them.

Crossposted at Still4Hill.

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The rally itself was featured at Still 4 Hill yesterday as part of the regular reportage on Hillary Clinton’s activities and campaign.  The protest outside the campaign was mentioned there based on news reports.  Since then, my friend Jennifer Hall Lee has sent me her personal account of having been caught up among the protesters.

Bernie Sanders, his campaign managers, and surrogates have stirred up a hornets nest and cast Hillary Clinton as the enemy.  The Republican Party is in chaos over its unqualified and out-of-control presumptive nominee. For the United States to elect the only clear-headed, sober, and qualified candidate, the Democratic Party must pull together.  This will not happen while Sanders contends, as he continues to, that unifying the party is the sole responsibility of the front-runner. He should bear a good deal of the burden having attacked Hillary personally at his rallies and having sown seeds of distrust and, at worst, hatred for her and her supporters.

He has been running for President of the United States.  It is time for him to prove his leadership chops, rein in the anarchy, and make it clear that the alternative to the all but certain nominee on the Democratic side is President Donald Trump and a cultural shift too extreme and dangerous to entertain.

Here is Jennifer’s report.

Vagina Shaming at Los Angeles Hillary Rally

Jennifer Hall Lee
May 6, 2016

The California anti-Hillary protestors were out in force yesterday in front of East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park at a Hillary rally. They were assembled outside the auditorium with signs and megaphones and many wore Bernie stickers.

I had sent in my RSVP as soon as the Hillary campaign sent the invitation, but not being a seasoned rally-goer I showed up too late. The line snaked slowly along Avenida Cesar Chavez, but by the time we arrived we were declined admittance. It was disappointing but I had made a few new friends, we were happy members of the overflow crowd, a mixed group of women and men, young and old.

We were told by campaign workers that Hillary would come to greet us so we waited. We were jubilant. Hillary did arrive and we cheered. She was happy and smiling in a powder blue outfit. She waved and said a few words and then she was gone.

Why did she leave so quickly? I was told there were two people in front of the barricades who heckled her so the secret service detail ushered her safely inside the auditorium.

Too bad for us.

It was time to leave as the rally was inside and she wasn’t coming back out.

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05/07/16 Edited to add additional reports.

Bernie Sanders Zealots Are Now Shouting Obscenities in the Faces of Hillary Clinton Supporters, Including Children

Bernie Sanders very likely couldn’t stop this madness even if he wanted to.
Just a little while ago as of this writing, Rachel Maddow aired a one-on-one she did with Bernie Sanders earlier in the day. Toward the end of the interview, she confronted him about the behavior of some of his supporters, specifically those who protested both outside of a Hillary Clinton rally in East L.A. on Thursday and inside the rally. The constant disruptions inside the hall where Clinton was appearing forced her to cut short her comments to her own supporters, those who had come to hear her and her alone speak. When pressed about this by Maddow, Sanders stated that he doesn’t agree with protesters’ trying to stop Clinton from speaking by interrupting her. What he said he doesn’t have a problem with, however, is protesters gathering — even by the “thousands” — outside of a venue where Clinton is appearing and making their voices heard.
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The only person who can and should be charged with stopping these obscene protests is Bernie Sanders. If he cannot accomplish that, how would he ever stand up to Assad, Putin, and the Chinese?  If he cannot, he is no different from Marcell Dockery who didn’t think the fire would get so out of hand.  We might hear an excuse like that from a 10-year-old.  It’s deplorable!

Also sharing this.

Antii-Hillary Clinton protestors at the Hillary Clinton rally at East Los Angeles College, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Photo by Albert Serna/sac-media

OPINION: #FeelTheBS

Your favorite anti-establishment hero won’t call off his dogs.


I arrived with one of my student reporter colleagues to our first presidential rally at East Los Angeles College on May 5. After a drive in the usual L.A. traffic, I found myself in the realm of professional trail-birds and journalists who join a campaign trail and ride it through to the November election. We approached the media check-in desk and handed them our press passes. The people checking us in saw my student media badge and checked that we were on the list.

Hillary supporters were lined up around the block. I was glad we didn’t have to wait in that line. My colleague Cory Jaynes and I went in and snagged a spot with a good vantage point to cover the former Secretary of State. There were reporters from CNN, ABC, MSNBC, Fox, Univision, local station KTLA, and so many more. I was in with the big kids. It was easy to stay professional on the outside, but inside I was screaming. Not only was I reporting on a campaign trail, but I was also getting to see Hillary Clinton speak.

She was eloquent, clear, collected, and inspiring. The crowd inside loved her and so did the media. Her supporters were loud and enthusiastic, hardly able to keep quiet. There were a couple of Berners who were tossed out, but neither Clinton or her supporters acted with aggression. She even said, “We don’t need to shout at each other; that’s the other side. So let’s talk instead of shouting.” She wanted to bridge the divide between Berners and her own supporters. It was obvious that she wanted to unite the party.

But a storm was brewing . Reporters kept going outside and when they returned, many had come to the same conclusion: the Berners were scary.

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This article is interesting for several reasons.

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03/27/2016 Anna Kegler Creator, Feminist Messaging Project; Content Marketer, RJMetrics

To fit into male-dominated spaces, women are told to fix a lot of things: stop using “sorry” and “just” in emails, avoid vocal fry and upspeak, and “watch your tone” at all times.

But more than anything else, women are told that it’s a lack of confidence that’s really holding us back. If only we could get over imposter syndrome, and internalize our successes instead of feeling like serially lucky frauds, we’d be unstoppable.

Too bad it doesn’t work like that. There is a very real external bias against women’s competence, and nobody gets around it by being more confident. In fact, as we see through the experiences of Hillary Clinton and Melissa Harris-Perry, being more confident can result in harsh pushback when you’re pursuing leadership positions within male-dominated environments. Because how dare you.

While we’re so busy focusing on what women should and should not do, there’s a big problem going undiagnosed: entitlement syndrome. The opposite of imposter syndrome, entitlement syndrome is the problem of overconfident, mediocre white men. After I break down competence bias, I’ll get into what entitlement syndrome looks like, and what some concrete solutions might be.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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!

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The Black Panther Party

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.[1] 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[2] for 4.7% of the total vote, finishing third in a four-candidate race.

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Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s interview with Kathleen Cleaver, visiting professor at Cardoza School of Law.

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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Memories Of a Proper Girl Who Was A Panther

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.

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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.

It’s Time for Hillary Clinton to Concede the Democratic Nomination to Bernie Sanders

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