we all are gypsies of a sort wandering traveling through this life other lives space and time here there and yon on roads less traveled - this is a written and visual journal of my own travels - imagined and/or real - come along with me - we'll dance among the stars under the sun and over the moon - share our stories around the campfire - come along -

this site is simply a streamofconsciousness rambling of words and images in which i find meaning and beauty - there is no organized order of thought or format -
poetry painting and writing on love and life and things thereof from the heart and through the eyes of a louisiana gypsy spirit travelin' roads less traveled...enjoy -


My photo
A...WOMAN IN MOTION WITH HAIR AS DARK AS NIGHT HER EYES WERE LIKE THAT OF A CAT IN THE DARK... SHE WAS A GYPSYWOMAN... she danced round and round... from the fire her face was all aglow... she was dancing... dancing... waiting for the RISING SUN... loving caring relationships are like THE RISING SUN...we are nourished by their warmth...we are energized by their strength...we grow in their light...we find shelter and solace there...they are our sanctuary... born in the sign of the sun, i am a true LEO-love the sun and its hot orange red fire-passionate in and about everything i do-i believe in instant chemistry charisma love/lust at first sight-in the magic of the eyes and the beauty of the soul-in the instant recognition familiarity in meeting someone from a past life and in the knowledge that we might meet in a future life-i believe that we are each ageless and flawless-i believe in the beauty of the moment-the whisper of yesterday-the hope of tomorrow-the power of forgiveness for even ourselves-the absolute and total beauty of love---[credit to brian hyland and curtis mayfield]

to dance with life

to dance with life
come dance with me...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

trailblazer lucy burns...


1917 - In Prison

Lucy Burns

July 28, 1879-December 22, 1966
American suffragist and women's rights advocate -

Lucy was a close friend of Alice Paul and together, they formed the National Woman's Party [NWP]. She was born in Brooklyn, New York to an Irish Catholic family. She was a gifted student and attended university at Vassar College and Yale University before becoming an English teacher. In 1906 at age twenty-seven she moved to Germany to resume her studies in language. She returned to New York in 1908 to work as a teacher again. Three years later Burns moved to the United Kingdom, where she graduated from Oxford University.

Lucy Burns met Alice Paul in England after becoming a member of the Women's Social and Political Union, an organization dedicated to fighting for women's rights in the United Kingdom. The feminist struggle for equality and woman's suffrage in the UK inspired Burns and Paul to continue the fight on their return to the United States. They joined the National American Women Suffrage Association as its Congressional lobbyists. However, they eventually split from NAWSA in a dispute over tactics and, in 1913 formed the Congressional Union for Women Suffrage.

Three years later, dissatisfied with the progress of congressional lobbying, they formed the National Woman's Party (NWP). They were feared and despised by many men of the era, and were opposed by conservative women as well as by more conservative suffragettes who advocated less militant tactics. However, Burns and Paul were committed to direct action in fighting for women's rights, particularly the right to vote. The National Woman's Party led dozens of women to picket the White House in Washington DC beginning in 1916. The NWP was not a political party per se and did not run candidates for office. A bi-partisan organization, it directed its attacks at the office of the President, Woodrow Wilson. Burns also opposed World War I, seeing it as a war led by powerful men that resulted in young men being drafted and giving their lives with little free will.

Burns was arrested while picketing the White House and was sent to Occoquan Workhouse. In jail, Burns joined Alice Paul and many other women in hunger strikes, to demonstrate their commitment to their cause, claiming that they were political prisoners. Burns was force-fed and possibly tortured, as was Paul. Clift recounts that the force feeding of Lucy Burns required "five people to hold her down, and when she refused to open her mouth, they shoved the feeding tube up her nostril." Of the well-known suffragists of the era, Burns spent the most time in jail.

After women gained the right to vote in the United States, Burns retired from political life and devoted herself to the Catholic Church and her orphaned niece. She died on December 22, 1966.

In 2004, HBO Films broadcast "Iron Jawed Angels", chronicling the struggle of Lucy Burns, Alice Paul and other suffragists. Burns was portrayed by Australian actress Frances O'Connor.



Sandy said...

Ole Woodrow is up in heaven saying he should have just let them have that vote, "I would have had been known better in history".


LOL LOL LOL!!! you are just SO RIGHT, don't ya know?!!!