Don’t resign–restore justice

Punishment that does not fit the crime is an antiquated way of doing things. Instead of punishment, let us think of restorative justice for Senator Franken et. al.

DO NOT RESIGN! (changing your mind is a man’s prerogative.)

Instead, do penance for, say a year, and in that year use all of your legislative resources to interview women in all walks of life and devise legislation that deals with the sexual harassment awakening and finds creative ways for other men to “do penance.”

After that you may join the circuit of men who will be touring the country, including chefs, talk show hosts, news reporters, professors and others who will also be doing penance by interviewing women and reading the many books already published about the harm done by seeing and treating women as sex objects.

Let’s not throw out these men who have done wrong but keep them in their powerful positions while they do the work of understanding what harm they have caused and educating others. Charlie Rose, for instance, could devote his air time to interviewing women and getting the world up to speed on feminism. Others can create blogs in which they share what they are learning and how they have made amends and stood up for women. After a certain period a tribunal will be established to assess what they have done and hold them accountable.

PLEASE POST everywhere and forward to legislators and anyone else you can think of!

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Follow the Children

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My niece and I

Several streams have come together for me into a confluence this week, all having to do with children leading the way.

Speaking on KPFA yesterday morning was a nine-year-old boy whose classmate and good friend Rodrigo and his family were sent back to Mexico because his father’s papers were not in order when the family was stopped in Houston, Texas after a trip to Mexico. Rodrigo’s classmates since kindergarten are launching a fight to bring him home and have been finding creative ways to bring attention to his cause including creating a video game that can be played worldwide for his benefit and the benefit of bring the peoples of the world closer together. They started a website called Bring Rodrigo Home.

I was at a friend’s house last night doing research for my next novel which takes place right after 9-11. I was interviewing them about their precocious 3 year-old on whom I am basing one of my characters who is part Aboriginal Australian. My friends’ child seems to have come into this world knowing so much already about ancient healing ways. My friends pointed me to a song that she loves to sing which was composed by Kenneth K. Guilmartin  for the Montclair Cooperative School in 1986. The song May all Children became popular after 9-11 and has been sung all over the world, mainly by children.

Then following the lead of these children into making connections worldwide through technology, this week I made contact with the Puuya (meaning “life force” or “heart”) Foundation in a remote area in Queensland Australia through an Australian friend of mine. I was able to donate to their foundation proceeds from an event called Didgeridoo Dreaming for Women held by Sound Rivers last fall. One of Puuya’s projects is to encourage youth to participate in ongoing leadership development opportunities, both within and outside the community.

Children, such whizzes at technology, are leading the way to bringing the world closer together. While I often think of technology as cold and distancing, this week, I am increasingly impressed with the creative ways humans, especially youth, find to connect ourselves to each other so that life-affirming songs, causes, and leadership can grow stronger.

May technology be a tool to bring ancient, alive and connected-to-the-earth wisdom from remote places to our modern world, empowering the life force of the planet which is love, not commerce.