HERE IS AMERICA, NOT SO LONG AGO.  UNFAIRNESS WAS UPON THE LAND. EVEN INNOCENT GOOD WOMEN WERE ATTACKED AND BEATEN BY THE THUGS OF NOT SO LONG AGO.  READ BELOW, THEN GO OUT AND VOTE FOR GOOD PEOPLE, AND NOT JUST LAWYERS AND POLITICIANS. BELOW IS AN ABSOLUTE OUTRAGE, BUT IT HAPPENED IN OUR COUNTRY.   IF YOU BELIEVE IN FREEDOM AND JUSTICE PLEASE COPY THE PICTURES BELOW, THEY ARE A WARNING TO US. THAT INJUSTICE CAN EXIST EVEN IN A COUNTRY DEDICATED TO ITS OPPOSITES. AND SEND THIS EMAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS, THEY NEED TO SEE THIS RECENT HISTORY OF AMERICA.

 

WHY WOMEN SHOULD VOTE..............

This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; 
they lived only 90 years ago. Think about it, only 90 years ago!!

Remember, it was not until 1920

that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed 
nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking 
for the vote. </ SPAN>

And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. 
Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing 
went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 
'obstructing sidewalk traffic.' The women were beaten in the cells.


(Lucy Burns)
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above 
her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping 
for air. 

(Dora Lewis) 
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her 
head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cell mate, 
Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and 
Alice suffered a heart attack. 
Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, 
beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the
 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917
when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his 
guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because 
they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right 
to vote. 
For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their 
food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms. 

(Alice Paul) 
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks 
until word was smuggled out to the press. 
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/suffrage/nwp/prisoners.pdf 
  
So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because- 
-why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? 
Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?  Shallow reasons.


Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new 

movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle 
these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling 
booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the 

actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. 
Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. 
Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend, who is my age and studied women's history, 

saw the HBO movie, too. When sh e stopped by my desk to talk 
about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought 
kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said. 
'What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use, 
my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just 
younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The 
right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'

HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, 

social studies and government teachers would include the movie in 
their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere 
else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, 
but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think 
a little shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.
The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.' 
Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know. 

We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so 

hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote Democrat, Republican or Independent Party - BE SURE TO VOTE.

History is being made.