STILL MISSING IN THE U.S.: WOMEN’S COLLECTIVE AUTHORITY – Part A
Resources for Inspiration and Action (3 parts)
Posted: November 27, 2016
Part A. Events
Part B. Current Messages for Inspiration
–Reactions to U.S. Election
Part C. Creating New Foundations for Life: Practical 21st Century Initiatives
This is a revised and updated version of a personal email sent to 26 Chicago-area women friends and colleagues on Nov. 16, 2016.
My reaction to the 2016 U.S. elections was and is to focus my energies even more on promoting women’s voices and women’s collective authority as mothers, clan mothers, mothers of the species, caretakers of all — including our own mother, the Earth.
This is not about electing one woman as U.S. President, or even electing anyone. It is about re-structuring our government and institutions at all levels so that the wisdom, knowledge, and authority of the female is restored as the central fire of the human species.
To that end, because so many of us are looking to share our best thoughts these days, I have put together a few timely resources mostly by and for women. Many are connected to Chicago, to Illinois, to the Midwest, the Great Lakes — my home geography. Some are from other geographies, including international. Some speak to the election. Some speak about women’s roles. All speak to life itself.
1. FUTURE: WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON – Jan. 21, 2017
This is a national initiative that is being put together very quickly. Each state has its own organization. There are some international chapters as well.
3. RECENT: WINONA LADUKE, former candidate for U.S. Vice President
a. Nov. 10, 2016 – Chicago. Spoke at the Newberry Library in downtown Chicago. Her talk had been scheduled for a long time, as part of the library’s and Northwestern University’s interest in and commitment to American Indian people, culture, and activism.
Audio. I was unable to attend, which was just as well because it was an overflow crowd. A good audio of the 70-minute talk was posted. The whole audio is 70 minutes. Ms. LaDuke’s talk starts after 14 minutes of introductions. It is very powerful (as well as entertaining). Topics include (in order).
–Making America great again
–Dakota “Excess” Pipeline, addiction to fossil fuels
–What does the future look like — if we choose the “Green” path (American Indian prophecy)?
–Agriculture & Slow Food: At the latest Terra Madre a new chapter of Slow Food was created: Turtle Island Slow Food
b. Sept. 2016 – Italy
Speaking at Slow Food Terra Madre as a co-founder of Turtle Island Slow Food (13 min. video)
4. RECENT: TERRY O’NEILL, President of NOW (National Organization for Women)
Nov. 16, 2016 – Evanston, IL. Spoke at Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. Sponsored by NU’s Women’s Center, she spoke about modern feminism and the election. It was not a full house (about 90 people, filling the auditorium 3/4 — insufficient publicity?).
I personally think that NOW has not been speaking for many of us over the years. But I completely believe in women’s ability to get very practical in a short period of time — such as right now!
Daily Northwestern article about Ms. O’Neill’s talk