The Domestic Violence Empire; Billion dollar industry in need of reform

 

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Since the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994, the federal government has channeled over a billion dollars into organizations that are required to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence. The VAWA Web site does post figures on grants awarded to specific organizations and the amount of each grant, but does not detail how the funds are expected to be spent. Womensenews, Regina Varoilli.

 

The goal of the domestic violence reform movement is to ensure that all victims are afforded equal protections and services regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age and their perpetrator’s occupation. Victim resources and public policy must provide services and laws that address the needs of all victims including: women, men, teens, LGBT, officer-involved victims as well as immigrants so equal protections and services for all.

 

Currently, victims of violence on a local, state and national level are being failed by our funded resources.  The problem is that domestic violence shelters and agencies get funding based on the need for services and the number of hotline calls or heads in the shelter, not the cases they solve or the needs they meet.  You or I may call the shelter with a question, and that is then counted as a statistic for their agency.  Whether they help you or I or not, we both become a statistic for the agency and in turn, the agency will get rewarded with funding and grants. 

 

The most effective way to approach the reform issue is to spearhead this movement at the local and state level, while simultaneously gaining national support.  Our local and state resources are flawed and victims are unable to obtain appropriate services from shelters and agencies.  Some problems with the current support system include:

 

  1. Crime victim’s compensation is difficult to obtain for domestic violence related injuries.  Emergency relocation is nearly impossible to obtain due to the lengthy application process and documentation required to proceed with the request; providing an emergency service should be a fast process, not one that takes weeks to complete with the risk of being denied services. 
  2. Pro bono legal representation for divorce and family law cases are lacking. 
  3. Pro bono surgeries after domestic violence are difficult to access for victims.
  4. Career services for victims of domestic violence is a needed resource that should be provided by all shelters.  Helping women re-enter the work place and teaching victims how to be financially independent is vital. 
  5. Transitional Housing is in high demand for victims of domestic violence. 
  6. Victim transportation to court, case related appointments and to and from work while residing in a shelter is needed for all victims to maintain stability, financial independence, and make necessary appointments. 
  7. Stalking resources are non-existent in every shelter.    

 

The list goes on; however, these are the most immediate resources that need to be addressed on a national level.

 

 A lack of funding for domestic violence is not the problem.  Many DV executives are making six figure salaries and beyond, and work 35 hour weeks.  Safe Horizon, the richest shelter in the US located in NYC, gets nearly 42 million dollars per year, while less than 1 million dollars is allocated towards direct services for victims in 5 boroughs. The top executives at Safe Horizon make hundreds of thousands of dollars each year with bonuses of 50K per year.  Even at the local level, executives running the county shelters make top salaries to serve a small population, and even then, many victims are being left behind.  There is nothing wrong with getting paid for a job well done and hard work, but getting rewarded while victims’ needs go unmet and while domestic homicide is on the rise is illogical. 

 

Each year, Mary Kay donates millions to the NNEDV, and this is not surprising since a Mary Kay representative sits on their Board.  This agency does not provide direct services to victims at any capacity.  How do I know that? I was denied services and support by the NNEDV as a victim in need of resources, and I am not the only one.  One of their missions is to empower victims of DV.  I was never empowered by this group.  The NNEDV did provide a victims fund “Amy’s Courage Fund”, which was sponsored by the Mary Kay Foundation, but that fund has closed because the resources were in high demand and the funds were exhausted.  This is a clear example of what victims need most: emergency funds for survival. 

 

In fact, many large corporations sponsor local shelters and national coalitions and agencies each year.  Many sponsors rely on statistics provided by the agencies and truly believe that victims are getting the services they need and are benefiting.  The reality is not as bright as the statistics portray, and, instead, many go without, find it impossible to get help, are denied shelter and services, and even die trying to get assistance. 

 

“Funding needs to be reallocated to lawyers and trained consultants that work one on one with victims of domestic violence, and provide follow-up on cases to ensure needs are met.  National, state and local domestic violence agencies need to be held accountable through proper oversight, which does not exist today.  Follow-up is poor, training is lacking and there are no incentives for agencies to provide victim services throughout the entire victimization cycle” Alexis Moore, Director of Victim Outreach for Tri-County Crisis Center, Inc.

 

Victims need real services.  The most critical point in any given victimization cycle is the point at which the victim picks up the phone and reaches out for help.  At that point it is critical for the victim in need to have access to direct services such as pro bono representation, career services, counseling, emergency funds, housing and shelter, transportation and basic necessities.  Without these services, victims are lost and are unable to survive the cycle of violence.  Without proper follow-up and attention, victims fall between the cracks and are put at risk.  These problems can be solved and should be tackled at the local and state level first, and then the movement must continue nationally with the support of organizations and individuals such as National NOW, NCADV, NNEDV and public officials. 

 

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Terry O’Neil, Jehmu Green: Molls of the 21st Century

Another Rant By: BettyJean Kling

N.O.W. and Women’s Media Center’s Democratic molls beware, the real feminists are coming!

I had such good hopes for N.O.W. when we voted in the new president Terry O’Neil but it is obvious, NOW National and many but not all of the state organizations are nothing more than Democratic Party Molls. Most of the so-called women’s groups that don’t label themselves conservative are in fact not the non partisan groups they purport to be – but are far left partisans who make it very clear only far left need apply! Moreover, they make it very clear they vote against any woman who is not FAR LEFT. Meg Whitman for example is a female candidate who clearly is Pro-choice but is labeled a whore by CA-NOW president because – it appears- she is a republican and it also appears will not be fired for saying so even though she said it after Terry O’Neil warned the next person to say it should be fired!

 Terry O’Neil

October 13, NOW calls on Brown, to fire any member of his staff who uses this word or any hate speech against women. For Immediate Release Contact: Mai Shiozaki w. 202-628-8669, ext. 116, c. 202-595-4473 Note* original does not contain the words from this day forward which by the way is ridiculous. Why from this day forward? If the N word was used would anyone say from this day forward?

Megan Carpentier | October 14, 2010, 1:45PM

Last week, the National Organization for Women and the PAC of the California NOW chapter took heat for their endorsement of state Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) over Meg Whitman (R) in the gubernatorial race in the wake of comments by a Brown aide that Whitman was a “whore.” At the time, national NOW President Terry O’Neill said that anyone who “from here on” calls a woman a “whore” should be fired.

She might want to have a talk with California NOW President Parry Bellasalma, who today told TPM in response to a question that “Meg Whitman could be described as ‘a political whore.’ Yes, that’s an accurate statement.”

On NOW’s page they never changed the date to reflect the update – they updated the last paragraph and made a note saying so but never dated the change.At best this is an omission at worst it was an intended cover-up. Why from this day forward? If the N word was used would anyone say from this day forward? http://www.now.org/press/10-10/10-13.html

NOW: October 13, 2010

Last night at the California gubernatorial debate, Jerry Brown apologized for a member of his campaign staff suggesting Meg Whitman, his opponent in the race, be called a “whore.” This overdue apology was a necessary step; however, it was accompanied by an assertion that these sorts of comments are part and parcel of what happens inside political campaigns. If so, that needs to change.

While our California chapter’s Political Action Committee voted to endorse Brown on the basis of his support for women’s rights, the National Organization for Women clearly and unequivocally condemns calling Meg Whitman, or any woman, a whore. This term is hate speech that carries with it negative connotations associated with women, and it has no place in contemporary society.

NOW calls on Brown, from this point forward, to fire any member of his staff who uses this word or any hate speech against women.
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Update: NOW clarified this statement with the addition of “from this point forward” to the final paragraph.

Patty Bellasalma, President CA-NOW

“The abuse of employees, whether in the workplace or in the home, is not acceptable,” Bellasalma said. “It’s a pattern that’s developing about how Meg Whitman treats people who she believes are beneath her. It’s a cynical game of the Republican Party, putting up candidates who are anti-women to garner women votes superficially.”
Why is she calling Meg Whitman anti-woman, it’s because she’s pro-life right? No, she’s pro-choice, but she is a Republican!

NOW is shrinking steadily because it caters to the Democratic Party and a small group of women to the elimination of all others. NOW had become a democrat extreme left- extremely Liberal – abortion only organizations hell bent on lesbian rights rather than all women’s rights who will turn on any woman in a minute if she does not  agree on their narrow platform.

A NATIONAL organization FOR women should encompass all women, not represent the minority to the omission of the vast majority of women. NOW continues to shrink and yet they continue to define feminism based on the minority members they have come to represent co-opting the term as their own, which justifiably belongs to every women. 

ALL women includes the smaller percentage of liberal women whose choice includes gay rights and abortion but not to the exclusion of the vast majority of women made up of independent women who do not necessarily agree these are women’s main issues and conservative women who absolutely do not want to have those two issues come to identify all women.

Jehmu Green  

And did you see Jehmu Green of Women’s Media Center starting up a new website Name it Change it! Good job. So now instead of just attacking conservative women – she will just be running straight out for the Democrats. She was on Bulls and Bears this morning lauding Obama for finally telling the truth about the shovels! It appears if a Democratic POTUS comes clean at some point we forget all the lies he told before! I’ll bet you dollars to donuts she doesn’t apply that to BUSH!

Thank you Jehmu if you help the media  stop attacking women we will all be forever grateful  but don’t think for one minute that will win the Dems any of our votes back . Nice try but we have your number. Clearly you are a Moll for the Dems out there trying to win back the women’s vote! Too late! As I explained above you do not represent the majority of women! You represent the Democrats, you represent the Liberals.

What you forgot is that the majority out here is mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore! I’ve named it – now you change it! You Democrat molls better get with the program- the majority is uniting and you are going to lose your grip on the term feminist. The real feminists are coming!

I am personally familiar with 3 state organizations MD-NOW, MI-NOW and NYS-NOW who do not fit the description above.  They support vigorous legislative programs, grassroots efforts, and have been there for anyone who has reached out for help.

Marcia Pappas
I wholeheartedly support the work of Marcia Pappas of NYS-NOW who is devoted to equality for all women and children and who supports their issues, specifically in areas of divorce, domestic violence and court bias against women. Marcia works tirelessly never asking where a women stands on various issues or what her party affiliation might be.  She has been called “the most visible activist in New York State and that is because wherever there is a women or child in need, Marcia has brought a rally there for her – in rain – sleet or snow!

Linda Mahoney
I wholeheartedly support the work of Linda Mahoney of MD-NOW who is devoted action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society.

Renee Beeker
I wholeheartedly support the work of Renee Beeker of MI-NOW is the Creator and Director of the National Family Court Watch Project. An advocate for reform of the judicial system since 1996, Renee is a respected contributing member to many grassroots and professional organizations including Stop Family Violence, a national grassroots organization with a mission to organize and amplify our nation’s collective voice against domestic violence.

National Organization for Women (NOW)

There are many good people like Marcia, Linda and Renee. We need to break the Democratic stranglehold on these organizations and we can and should. We the majority need to unite and show them what a national women’s organization looks like, sounds like and acts like!

Women’s Media Center

As for Women’s Media Center (WMC), it’s been a joke up to now as evidenced by its failure to come down hard on the media and the male candidates for sexism and misogyny hurled at every woman from Hillary to the present group of women that threaten to unseat the DNC preferred choices. This group will eat their own young to get to the top—they have not the confidence to make it in their own without the party and now they are trying to patronize us and fool us into believing they are on our side. They are not!

The Majority United

The Majority United  (TMU)stands proud with ALL women. We are neither left or right nor do we lobby for or against choice or gay rights, there are specific groups that specialize on those issues, instead support all women. We are so proud of those who have the courage of their convictions and stand up for what they believe in just as the original Suffragists did. Remember these women from both sides of the aisle are teaching us weekly that we can strongly disagree on some issues, yet stand together for the equal rights of women. Women have more in common than not and no one agrees with anyone 100% of the time but we can all agree that united and mobilized  we can achieve what needs to be done . TMU has three main goals and we support women who support those goals for ALL women, children and support The Constitution and the United States of America!

TMU
IMAGINE

Empowering Women to Unite & Mobilize !

To Restore The Constitution and Ensure Equality for All

1- Achieve an  End of Violence Against Women and Children.
2- Achieve Equality, Opportunity and Justice for All – this is a Human Right.
3- Achieve Representative Government of the people, for the people and by the people as intended by the Founders.

Searching for Sexism: Episode 1

Crossposted from: The New Agenda’s Amy Siskind

A crucial goal of our national movement is ending sexism. To succeed, we must take action on two fronts:

  1. SPEAK OUT collectively when sexism occurs.
  2. EDUCATE on what sexism is and why it hurts our country.

For the past two years, you’ve helped us by speaking out. Today, we engage on the second front:  Sexism Ed.  How? The New Agenda is proud to launch our video series: Searching for Sexism.

“Sexism Ed” won’t be easy. We have our work cut out for us! Here’s some highlights from Episode 1:

  • More than half could not define sexism;
  • 1 in 3 thought some women deserve sexist treatment.

Searching for Sexism: Episode 1

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Another Rant By: BettyJean Kling

April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

It appears one month is not long enough to cover sexual assault awareness. As the host of BlogTalkRadio I have devoted every show this month both Monday and Wednesday nights to the epidemic that endangers our females from cradle to grave. And have even had a Ken Smith, a male sexual assault victim on.  We are taking this right on into May and will carry the problem out as far as we have to until we get women mad enough to storm the streets demanding RESPECT for Women and Children! RESPECT damned it RESPECT! No one but we Chickens are going to have the guts to take care of this problem ladies – its just going to have to be up to us.

 Let’s go Gals – let’s get er done!

Meanwhile I would like your help to raise money for a filmmaker who will be our guest on May5 th.  Jim Idema of Brandella Films is looking for funds for a movie “A Daughters Hope“

In 1981, a woman by the name of Diana Lynn Harris mysteriously disappeared from her home in the Florida Keys.  Nobody has ever been found, no suspects have been brought to justice, and to this day, her daughter, Christine Hill, continues to search for answers.  Further, from her younger years and into early adulthood, Ms. Hill had been forced to suffer things that no one should ever have to endure, least of all a missing mother. Now, Brandella Films, a West Michigan-based film production company, has co-written a feature film script with Ms. Hill entitled, “A Daughter’s Hope,” which takes a fictional look at the difficulties she faced growing up; the most painful of which included the heart-wrenching loss of her mother.  Here is a link to the mini-trailer:  http://brandellafilms.com/DaughtersHopeTrailer.html

In addition, here is a link to a page on our site where people can not only see the trailer, but also recent media interviews. Included on this page is a way for people to donate as well as to participate in a fundraiser we are conducting to help raise working capital for the film. http://www.brandellafilms.com/BrandellaFilms.html

While people can’t write a donation to this production off on their taxes, it may be helpful to know that we are donating a percentage of the film’s ultimate profits to charities that handle domestic abuse and missing loved ones, including Michigan DOE’s (www.michigandoes.com) and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (www.nnedv.org). We’ve also signed the NNEDV spokesman, Victor Rivers, to our cast. info@brandellafilms.com. What’s more, we have several sponsorships available for those interested in that avenue.

We need all the help we can get- we are going to have to get the job done ourselves. So far the lawmakers are not doing it- the main stream media is not doing it – the schools , teachers and coaches are not protecting our children. The churches are not protecting our children – the advertisers are not protecting our children. The damned Judges in our divorce and family courts are not protecting our children. Child and protective services are not protecting our children.  Predators are everywhere!

So called Bible preachers are sinning left and right run out of church for cheating with both men and other women. The Pope has had to face and apologize for the sexual assaults perpetrated for centuries against children by those who they should have been able to trust and whose parents entrusted their children ‘s care into the hands of.

Pope Offers Apology, Not Penalty, for Sex Abuse Scandal
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/21/world/europe/21pope.html

VATICAN CITY — Faced with a church sexual abuse scandal spreading across Europe, Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday apologized directly to victims and their families in Ireland, expressing “shame and remorse” for what he called “sinful and criminal” acts committed by members of the clergy.

But the pope did not require that Roman Catholic leaders be disciplined for past mistakes as some victims were hoping, nor did he clarify what critics see as contradictory Vatican rules that they fear allow abuse to continue unpunished.

“You have suffered grievously, and I am truly sorry,” the pope said in a long-awaited, eight-page pastoral letter to Irish Catholics. “Your trust has been betrayed and your dignity has been violated.” He also criticized Ireland’s bishops for “grave errors of judgment and failures of leadership.”

Girls’ sports coaches have just come under fire – exposed for abusing girls.

 Dozens of predator coaches banned: report AFP) – Apr 9, 2010
There is a growing trend of sex abuse by coaches in the world of girls’ sports that is being compared (in numbers of victims) to what happened in the Catholic Church. Why haven’t we heard more about these coaches that prey until recently? What should we look for and what can we do to stop it? I fear the stories linked here are only the tip of an iceburg heading right toward our children.

Recently I watched a 20/20 Interview on USA Swimming Coaches sexually molesting teenagers in their care. Exposure of the teen molestation scandal has resulted in as many as 35 swimming coaches being banned from the USA swimming organization over the past ten years for molestation and child sex abuse.

I was disturbed to find out not much was being done to stop this from happening, and it appears to have been a growing trend for some time. According to a series of articles done in 2003 by The Seattle Times entitled “Coaches that Prey: The Abuse of Girls and the System” it’s the dark side of the growing world of girls sports. Take a good look at this series; it has everything, what to look for, actual cases, charts and statistics. It’s a real eye opener. It isn’t just the USA Swimming organizations who have this problem of coaches molesting young female atheletes, it’s every girls sport.
Misconduct often goes unpunished.

ESPN, along with ABC News reported this story and will air its own show on the swimming scandals May 2 on Outside the Lines.

 Finally, while the economy crumbled, and for the last five years top financial watchdogs at the SEC surfed for porn on the internet.

http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2010/04/23/2010-04-23_porn_among_daily_duties_of_top_sec_honchos_sez_report.html
At the SEC, all they thought about was SEX.
The country’s top financial watchdogs turned out to be horndogs who spent hours gawking at porn Web sites as the economy teetered on the brink, according to a memo released Thursday night.
The shocking findings include Securities and Exchange Commission senior staffers using government computers to browse for booty and an accountant who tried to access the raunchy sites 16,000 times in one month.
Their titillating pastime was discovered during 33 probes of employees looking at explicit images in the past five years, said the memo obtained by The Associated Press.
It says 31 of those probes occurred in the 2-1/2 years since the country’s financial system nearly crashed.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2010/04/23/2010-04-23_porn_among_daily_duties_of_top_sec_honchos_sez_report.html#ixzz0lxyIzw1j

Let me say it one more time- there is no help – no one is going to fix this mess for us . We have to stand shoulder to shoulder ladies and get off our duffs and get out there and stop this ourselves.! 
Let’s go gals .
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IMAGINE: The Majority United

By: BettyJean Kling

No matter which holiday you are celebrating, we at TMU want to extend our very best wishes to you and we hope you have a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year! I would like to thank you for your support, encouragement and friendship, which has sustained me over this past year. Please be assured that through my personal hardships, I have never ceased to forget that my work with you and for Our Country and our sisters was worth living and fighting for. Thank you for your kindnesses and for helping me through the toughest year of my life.

BettyJean Kling

The Majority United
We are all R.I.D.sNow

As we begin our third year, TMU would like to remind everyone of our goal to reach out to and be united with each and every group dedicated to the cause. I would like to invite all these groups to permit me to remind  my readers and listeners just how many grassroots groups have sprung up all over this great country and just how wonderfully we are all working together  to take back our country.

Quite a different story from the Republicans and Democrats who only want to destroy us by polarizing us one against the other- these groups are made up of RIDs.  Republicans, Independents and Democrats who are now ready to tell the government the party is over.

I will attempt to list these groups, however, if I miss any please register their groups and organizations names with me so that I can list them on my new site prominently next week. Send current names with current email addresses please for 2010 list.

 Meanwhile here is partial list of my affiliate groups. I want to get this out on Christmas Day please send me any that I forgot and update for me the email addy’s please – I will be listing them and doing a shout-out on the radio Monday along with open phone lines and an invitation for you to call in and promote your organization live on my show! Check the blogroll and update me as to needed corrections please?

Monday – please feel free to call in and let’s promote each other’s groups. Remember there are more of us then there are of them so for 2010- we all need each other! United We Stand


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JAIL POLANSKI Petition

Please join The Majority United and others as we help The New Agenda reach its petition goal! TMU also joins TNA to ask that you agree to boycott the films associated with those attempting to have Polanski exonerated. ~ BettyJean

Visit The New Agenda http://thenewagenda.net/ sign ther petition to help JAIL POLANSKI.

The New Agenda invites you to join us in sending a loud and clear message that CHILD RAPE IS WRONG AND PERPETRATORS SHOULD BE PUNISHED. We are asking organizations, blogs and individuals to sign our petition. In doing so you are expressing your displeasure with the signatories of Free Roman Polanski and therefore agreeing to BOYCOTT films that such signatories have directed, produced, acted in or otherwise participated. Don’t go to their films. Don’t rent their films.

196 signatures as of 11:00 p.m. Below is the list of signators at that time. Sadly, some have refused to boycott the best of these. Shame- that is why they are as they are- you get what you deserve- too bad our children get what you deserve!

Here’s a list of Free Roman Polanski signatories:

Woody Allen
Wes Anderson
Darren Aronofsky
Jonatham Demme
Stephen Frears
David Lynch
Martin Scorsese

Fatih Akin, Stephane Allagnon, Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Wes Anderson, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alexandre Arcady, Fanny Ardant, Asia Argento, Darren Aronofsky, Olivier Assayas, Alexander Astruc, Gabriel Auer, Luc Barnier , Christophe Barratier, Xavier Beauvois , Liria Begeja , Gilles Behat, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Marco Bellochio, Monica Bellucci, Djamel Bennecib, Giuseppe Bertolucci , Patrick Bouchitey, Paul Boujenah, Jacques Bral, Patrick Braoudé, André Buytaers, Christian Carion, Henning Carlsen, Jean-michel Carre, Mathieu Celary, Patrice Chéreau, Elie Chouraqui, Souleymane Cissé, Alain Corneau, Jérôme Cornuau, Miguel Courtois, Dominique Crevecoeur, Alfonso Cuaron, Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Jonathan Demme, Alexandre Desplat, Rosalinde et Michel Deville, Georges Dybman, Jacques Fansten, Joël Farges, Gianluca Farinelli (Cinémathèque de de Bologne), Etienne Faure, Michel Ferry, Scott Foundas, Stephen Frears, Thierry Frémaux, Sam Gabarski, René Gainville, Tony Gatlif, Costa Gavras, Jean-Marc Ghanassia, Terry Gilliam, Christian Gion, Marc Guidoni, Buck Henry, David Heyman, Laurent Heynemann, Robert Hossein, Jean-Loup Hubert, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Gilles Jacob, Just Jaeckin, Alain Jessua, Pierre Jolivet, Kent Jones (World Cinema Foundation), Roger Kahane, Nelly Kaplan, Wong Kar Waï, Ladislas Kijno, Harmony Korinne, Jan Kounen, Diane Kurys, Emir Kusturica, John Landis, Claude Lanzmann, André Larquié, Vinciane Lecocq, Patrice Leconte, Claude Lelouch, Gérard Lenne, David Lynch, Michael Mann, François Margolin, Jean-PierreMarois, Tonie Marshall, Mario Martone, Nicolas Mauvernay, Radu Mihaileanu, Claude Miller, Mario Monicelli, Jeanne Moreau, Sandra Nicolier, Michel Ocelot, Alexander Payne, Richard Pena (Directeur Festival de NY), Michele Placido, Philippe Radault, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Raphael Rebibo, Yasmina Reza, Jacques Richard, Laurence Roulet, Walter Salles, Jean-Paul Salomé, Marc Sandberg, Jerry Schatzberg, Julian Schnabel, Barbet Schroeder, Ettore Scola, Martin Scorsese, Charlotte Silvera, Abderrahmane Sissako, Paolo Sorrentino, Guillaume Stirn, Tilda Swinton, Jean-Charles Tacchella, Radovan Tadic, Danis Tanovic, Bertrand Tavernier, Cécile Telerman, Alain Terzian, Pascal Thomas, Giuseppe Tornatore, Serge Toubiana, Nadine Trintignant, Tom Tykwer, Alexandre Tylski, Betrand Van Effenterre, Wim Wenders, Isabelle Adjani, Antoine Aronin, Paul Auster, Morgane Beauverger, Candice Belaisch-Goldchmit, Yamina Benguigui, Pascal Bruckner, Jessika Cohen, Philippe Corbé, Jean-Paul Dayan, Katarina De Meulder, Arielle Dombasle, Nathalie Faucheux, Corinne Figuet, Pierre Forciniti, Louis Garrel, Albert Gauvin, Johanna Gozlan, Davide Homitsu Riboli, Taylor Hackford, Isabelle Huppert, Neil Jordan, Thierry Kamami, Milan Kundera, Gaelle Lancien, Claude Lanzmann, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Sam Mendes
Camille Meyer, Patrick Mimouni, Yann Moix, Mike Nichols, Sandra Nicolier
Marie Nieves Perez Neël, Salman Rushdie, Carine Sarna, Ysabelle Saura Del Pan, William Shawcross, Olivier Soares Barbosa, Steven Soderbergh, Nil Symchowicz, Danièle Thompson, Eugenia Varela Navarro, Diane von Furstenberg, Scott Foundas, Margaret Walker, Elsa Zylberstein.

The Angry Mob are citizen RIDs

Another Rant By: Bettyjean Kling

This is what your party is saying about you – this is how they are calling out the union and setting them on us on the streets. Do these people and do we really look like angry mobs that deserve the SEIU beating up on us in the streets? A black SEIU member shouting “what kind of a Nigger are you” at a black conservative vendor before beting him up for daring to attend a tea party?

Calling the Republicans and telling them to call us off is setting up a straw man argument! We are not Republicans – we are not paid operatives and we certainly will not be called off or scared off by the ACORN or UNION thugs.  We are RIDsNow. White House Aides gave Senate Democrats tips for town halls during the upcoming recess. According to Politico:

“Senior White House adviser David Axelrod and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina told senators to focus on the insured and how they would benefit from “consumer protections” in the overhaul, such as ending the practice of denying insurance based on preexisting conditions and ensuring the continuity of coverage between jobs.” …

“If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard,” Messina said, according to an official who attended the meeting.

See Full Article: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0809/25891.html#ixzz0NTbfK5g4

Have you seen the latest from MoveOn “This is getting ugly” Looks like they are calling for hand to hand combat!

Dear MoveOn member, It’s getting ugly out there.

All across the country, right-wing extremists are disrupting congressional town-hall meetings with venomous attacks on President Obama’s plans for health care and clean energy.

Last night in Tampa, Florida, a town hall meeting erupted into violence, with the police being called to break up fist fights and shoving matches.1

A Texas Democrat was shouted down by right-wing hecklers, many of whom admitted they didn’t even live in his district.2

One North Carolina representative announced he wouldn’t be holding any town-hall meetings after his office began receiving death threats.3

And in Maryland, protesters hung a Democratic congressman in effigy to oppose health-care reform.4

We’ve got a plan to fight back against these radical right-wingers. We’ve hired skilled grassroots organizers who are working with thousands of local volunteers to show Congress that ordinary Americans continue to support President Obama’s agenda for change. And we’re building new online tools to track events across the country and make sure MoveOn members turn out at each one.

But we need to scale up our efforts quickly to make sure this plan works. To really swing into action during this month’s congressional recess, we need to raise at least $250,000 immediately. Can you chip in $20 to support our work?

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/august.html?id=16750-17229310-y38ONKx&t=1

If the shouts of the right-wing mobs are the only voices our senators and representatives hear over the recess, we’ll have a hard time passing health care and clean energy legislation.

That’s why we’re launching our Heat Up Congress campaign so quickly to fight back, using new technology to implement rapid response town hall turnout, organizing personal phone calls from small business leaders and donors to their representatives, running new ads, and activating an energized network of on-the-ground organizers and volunteers.

This month could decide the future of health care and clean energy in America—and we’re already one week in. If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, now’s the time to get involved. Talk to your neighbors, go to a town hall meeting—and today, please chip in $20 to support our work:

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/august.html?id=16750-17229310-y38ONKx&t=2

Thanks for all you do. –Justin, Matt, Nita, Kat and the rest of the team

As a result of the Dems setting ordinary citizens up as “right-wing mobs” they have given themselves and excuse to call out for help to tamp down the so-called hired guns of the insurance companies.

Last night SEIU members attacked an out of work black conservative who was trying to make a few bucks selling “Don’t tread on me” flags outside a town hall meeting. Where’s Al Sharpton? He’s nowhere to be found! See the raw footage and you decide if the man beat up and kicked was a hired thug or a citizen whose rights were abrogated Chicago style.

This is exactly what went on during the primaries at all the caucus elections, only this time we are not going to be silenced. Join us Monday night and join the following facbook group: RIDsNow =Republicans Independents and Democrats working together because this is our country – because we are Americans -because we are all citizens – because we all paqy taxes and have a right to speak and ask questions- because – we are not a paid mob. I saw my neighbors and their parents there – they are worried they are scared – we all want reform- we all want health care for all- but we all also want freedom and the right to transparency.

SEIU and the “persuasion of power;” Update: St. Louis thuggery on tape

By Michelle Malkin  •  August 6, 2009 11:44 PM

In May, I told you how the Service Employees International Union’s $61 million investment in Barack Obama paid off with cabinet appointments, executive orders, key personnel slots, and legislative goodies.

Now, the SEIU thugs are looking out for The Boss. In Tampa, Florida and St. Louis today, the Purple People turned out to give cover to members of Congress targeted by Tea Party activists and town hall protesters. For the first time, the town hall protests were marked by physical aggression. More on the St. Louis arrests of confrontational Obamacare activists here. (Just like Obama wanted: “In your face.”) This is no coincidence.

Complete article here: http://michellemalkin.com/2009/08/06/seiu-and-the-persuasion-of-power/