Yesterday Betty Jean asked me to access this blog and remove a picture link to “The New Agenda”. TNA had demanded that she do so. Some of you may have seen on other blogs emails that Amy Siskind has sent to other people, in which she says some very harsh things about Betty Jean. In one I saw, she called her “insane”. She had told Betty Jean not to contact her again, because of Betty Jean drawing attention to a post Amy had written about finding a way to overlook the actions of Jon Favreau. Many of us were outraged that she would suggest Favreau spend time at a battered woman’s shelter, as a way to teach him about women’s suffering. How appalling to ask women who have run for their lives to then take on the task of teaching a frat boy like Favreau what every person already knows in their hearts, even if they have also learned the lesson of society that yes, violence and sexual harassment are wrong but… but… wink wink it’s okay to grop a cardboard breast of the incoming Secretary of State. Boys will be boys.
Below is the content of an email from Harriet Christian detailing why she, a founding member of The New Agenda, has resigned from TNA. It’s sad to see an organization which showed such promise has in the space of less than 6 months become a shadow of what it could have been…
On Friday, December 19th, two colleagues and I resigned as Founding members of The New Agenda. Due to a conflict of interest we professionally and politely tendered our resignation. Here is an excerpt from that letter:
This decision did not come easily and we wish you the best in all your efforts. It just doesn’t work for us to be told that we can’t speak with certain people. We would not work against the New Agenda but we have been a part of Puma from the beginning and need to feel free to support them as well. Also, quite frankly, deep down the narrative about BettyJean being dangerous or a stalker just didn’t feel right to be a part of. This whole situation started as a criticism to the New Agenda’s softening to the Favreau situation and snowballed out of control. The irony is that BJ was ultimately right – allowing a “boys will be boys” attitude to persist leaves the door open for worse behavior – but that’s a separate issue.
Since that time, it has come to my attention that Amy Siskind has told the remaining Founders that SHE does not want Blue Collar Women or PUMA “Screamers” in HER organization. I felt compelled to let members of the New Agenda know what the underlying agenda is – looking out for wealthy women and looking down on the rest of us.
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