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VOF Week 2: ( Visions Can Become Reality )

Growing up in the 1960's was a time unlike any other time in America. We were living through the Vietnam War, the Womens Rights Movement, and the Race Rights Movement. Many of us became activists, in an effort to change these things. We didn't approve of the war, or the lack of rights for all people, and Capitalism, with its big corporation's destroying the natural earth for money. We held gigantic peace marches, peace sit-ins and other various forms of showing our disproval. There were even riots in the streets. It was the birth of the Black Panthers, The Womens Liberation movement, The Weather Underground, and then, Kent State, which proved just how dangerous it became. It was no game, people were killed and died in America over these issues.

Some of you are to young to know what a sit-in was, we would gather in large groups, sit down someplace that would make an impact, and hold signs of protest, and just not move. Often we were in literal battles, and would wind up in jail. We also held great musical events to gather together, like Woodstock, where the musicians, who felt the same, wrote and sang their own protest songs of all these issues.

I have always been an activist for peace and equal rights. I think this should be a global way of life. No more wars! Instead we could be communicating with all our sisters and brothers world wide. And building a world of peace and equal rights for every one. In fact, if we took all the money we have spent on wars, there would be no starving children in the world.

In all these years I have not changed my desire to see world peace, open communications, and helping those in the poorest countries in the world. So when I came upon PulseWire, I thought to myself, this is part of what we wanted to create! I very much want to be a part of that, as I have been part of the times in the 60s. There are not many things stronger than the written word, or communication. Therefore, PulseWire and Web 2.0 is a part of my life's vision coming true. :)


olakitike's picture

What is/ was Kent state?

It's nice to hear from a veteran, can you say more about kent state?

Rose Of Sharon's picture

Kent State

Hi olakitike!

Hope you are well. Veteran, I am indeed. I was an all out Hippie in the 60s and 70s...guess in a way, I still am.:) The more things change, the more they stay the same. :)

The Kent State shootings, also known as the May 4 massacre or Kent State massacre,occurred at Kent State University in the city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of students by members of the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis. :(

Some of the students who were shot had been protesting against the American invasion of Cambodia, which President Richard Nixon announced in a television address on April 30. However, other students who were shot had merely been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance. :(

There was a significant national response to the shootings: hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States due to a student strike, and sit-in's, of eight million students, and the event further divided the country, at this already socially contentious time, along political lines. :(

I hope some of this information is what you wanted to know. If not, please feel free to ask me more. :)

Thank you for asking.

Blessings & Love my friend,
Rose Of Sharon (Kandy)

JMKELLAM's picture

Thanks for sharing your story

Thanks for sharing your story with us. You sound like a passionate person. Do you have a story of one of your sit-ins?


Cynthia Casas's picture

Thank you

As a member of the next generation of Americans (and a first generation Mexican American), I thank you for your activism and conscience raising you've done. Reading your entry evokes in me a question, but before I ask, just an observation first: In many ways the decades that followed the 60's became focused on obtaining the freedom to be, act and have the same privileges as men do. So while the ERA failed, great great strides were made in gender equality as a whole. Do you think that there's an impression that the women's movement in the US is over because we have the same rights as men? I personally think as women we have lots more work to do in bringing the feminine into the public sphere--- in other words making the feminine just as valued as the masculine. I mean did you fight this hard so that women can act like a man or do you think that ultimate feminist struggle is raising the consciousness of the feminine in society?

In gratitude,

Cynthia Casas

Rose Of Sharon's picture

We still have lot's to do...

Dear cynthia,

I am not really sure the ERA failed, it instead took time to implement into a society that was used to living in a male oriented society. Over time we have gained ground as women because we of what we do. We must do to be. It took years of working to show we could hold our own in the shifting society. Slowly we showed our abilities, our acceptance of responsibilities and doing them in priority and with our ability to multi-task. A working woman in the US works twice as hard as most men. After work they go home and work more, cooking, cleaning, etc.

We do still have lots to do as women, mostly empowerment of women. Making them believe they really do have the same rights and giving them enough courage to risk, and "try" them.

In my opinion, I did not fight to act like a man, because I still wanted to be treated like a woman. Having Rights does not mean you lose your natural desire's. I fought to, as you say, raise the consciousness of the feminine in society.

Blessings & Love,
Rose Of Sharon

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