Saturday, October 25, 2008

*VOTE*

*The FUTURE is in our Eyes*

*** VOTE***

In 1920 women in the US gained the right to vote. Voting is a way to express ourselves. It
impacts our children's education, the safety of our local communities, and major issues. Taking an active position in politics, and standing up for what you believe in by voting gives you a voice...Every election is important and gives us the chance to be heard. Take advantage of this opportunity and exercise your right to vote.In 1917 the women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the right to vote.
By the end of the night, some of them were barely alive. Forty prison guards, wielding clubs and their warden's blessing, went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of “obstructing sidewalk traffic.”
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press. Woodrow Wilson and his associates tried to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. It is inspiring to know the doctor refused. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy. The doctor admonished the men. They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head, and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. We have it so good and are so blessed, with our beautiful families, friends and loved ones around us. To live in this wonderful country, with our freedom to choose, liberty and justice. Do yourself, our country, and the women that fought for our voice a favor and don't forget to vote!