Chelsea Manning – STORY BY JAMIE LEE


THIS IS JUST COMMING OUT, IN THE NEWS…….I DON’T KNOW WHAT SHE DID, TO GO TO PRISON, BUT SHE NOW IN AN ICON, IN THE TRANSSEXUAL COMMUNITY.    WE ARE MOVING FORWARD FOR OUR ACCEPTANCE, AND FREEDOM AS TRUE TRANSSEXUAL WOMEN……AND PLEASE NOTE, WE ARE PROUD OF WHO WE ARE, AND NOT Masquerading AROUND, AND DECEIVING PEOPLE TO BELIEVE WE ARE NATEL WOMEN , FOR OUR BLOGS OR FOR MONATERY REASONS.  WE ARE PROUD OF WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE STAND FOR………………………….JAMIE LEE – A TRANSSEXUAL WOMAN AND PROUD.                       DECEPTION I DECEPTION – IF THE SHOE FITS WEAR IT………..

 

NEW YORK — Chelsea Manning’s lack of access to hormone therapy in military prison could spark a lawsuit and potentially set a military-wide precedent for transgender servicemembers.

On Thursday, one day after she was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending classified documents to WikiLeaks, Manning confirmed what had been suspected for years: that she identified as a woman and no longer wanted to be called Bradley. But as Manning arrived at military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., officials there said that they do not offer the hormone therapy that Manning has said she wants, and which accepted medical practice says could be used to treat her diagnosed gender dysphoria.

Manning’s defense attorney David Coombs vowed Thursday to do “everything in my power to make sure they are forced” to provide her hormone therapy at Fort Leavenworth. But because the prison is citing an Army regulation banning transgender people serving in the military as its basis for denying Manning treatment, it will only provide her hormone therapy if it is forced to.

“Chelsea Manning’s refusal of treatment by the military could turn into a very, very interesting game-changer,” said Brynn Tannehill of the LGBT servicemember group SPART*A. “This is a lawsuit waiting to happen.”

The ACLU said in a statement following Manning’s announcement that denying her treatment might violate her constitutional rights.

Manning will not be eligible for parole for at least eight years, potentially leaving her without access to appropriate care for the gender dysphoria, intense stress caused by discomfort with one’s assigned gender, that a military psychologist diagnosed her with just before her arrest.

Although the military ended its Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy barring openly gay servicemembers in September 2011, the Army still bars transgender servicemembers as “administratively unfit.” The official Army regulation uses medically outdated terminology referring to “transvestism, voyeurism, other paraphilias, or factitious disorders, psychosexual conditions, transsexual, (or) gender identity disorder.”

Transgender servicemembers are supposed to be administratively separated from the Army, and cannot receive treatments for gender dysphoria like hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery. But administrative separation is not an option for soldiers sentenced to prison like Manning, whose rank will soon be reduced to Army private.

A Fort Leavenworth spokeswoman confirmed to HuffPost on Thursday that the military’s refusal to provide hormone therapy to its prisoners is derived from that official Army regulation, not simply a matter of prison policy or practice.

Army regulation stands in sharp contrast to the policies of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the Endocrine Society, all of which acknowledge hormone therapy as an effective treatment for people who need to transition because of gender dysphoria.

“To deprive someone of this treatment is simply inhumane, and it’s no different than denying someone of their blood pressure medication or antibiotics,” said Lauren McNamara, an activist who exchanged Internet chats with Manning in 2009, before she sent files to WikiLeaks and before they both came out as transgender.

“Not allowing people people to have access to this is basically holding them hostage to their own bodies and denying them their autonomy,” said McNamara. “It is really no different than taking a woman and involuntarily exposing them to testosterone.”

There are a wide range of views within the LGBT community about how Manning’s decision to send files to WikiLeaks should be viewed. Some fear that her actions could be used to paint other LGBT servicemembers as traitors, and groups that are generally referred to as mainstream, like the Human Rights Campaign, kept their distance throughout his trial. To other activists, however, she is a hero.

Nevertheless, the military’s post-sentencing treatment of Manning seems to be uniting LGBT groups. The Human Rights Campaign issued a statement calling for her to receive appropriate care.

Tannehill was careful to state that Manning’s identity does not mitigate the charges on which Manning was convicted. But, she said, “I want for any prisoner to be treated with accepted medical standards of ethics, and that’s regardless of what she did.”

The Palm Center, a think tank at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was awarded a $1.35 million grant to study transgender military service in July. The Palm Center’s research also laid the groundwork for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

But that’s about as much progress has been made on official acceptance of open transgender servicemembers, Tannehill said.

Talks with military officials are “informal, below the water lines, one-on-one,” and she said that even under the best of circumstances, she can only imagining the Army repealing its outdated regulation in five years.

Tannehill and some others in the transgender community are concerned that the intense publicity around Manning’s decision to come out as a woman could set back the cause of allowing transgender servicemembers to serve openly.

“I don’t know if this is going to be the best test case for that both in terms of publicity and focus,” said Nathaniel Frank, who wrote a widely-cited book about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in 2009. He doubts that a lawsuit aimed at Manning’s prison conditions would have an impact on the wider Army regulation.

Still, he said, “I do think because of the publicity around Manning, this could be a test case for how transgender people are treated when incarcerated.”

Access to hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery are contested issues far beyond the military. Many state prisons do not provide one or both, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons only reached a settlement in 2011 to allow prisoners to start hormone therapy while incarcerated. Transgender inmates everywhere, meanwhile, face disproportionate exposure to the rape endemic to America’s prisons.

“I do think the publicity focused around this, even though some of it is negative, both reflects the pace of change and could help focus attention on the experience and needs of transgender people,” Frank said.

DECEPTION – JAMIE LEE


MY OPINION – FACT OR CRAP

We in the Transgendered Community, have come a long way, recently, in Education, Laws, Acceptance,

and freedom, by leaps and bounds!

EVEN WITH THE LABELS AND TERMS USED

A few years ago, naturally born women were called “Genetic Females” and we were referred as Cross-dressers, in the Transgendered Community,   I and some others are called “Transsexuals”

Then an intense study was done by the Medical and Scientific Community, and they found that,

Trans-sexuality is caused by “Genetics” !

Hmmmmm.  Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy !  Now I have the reason I was born this way, an answer if been seeking all my life!

AND IT POINTS OUT,  THAT I AM A FEMALE BORN IN THE WRONG BODY!!!!!!

(INDIVIDUALS IN THIS COMMUNITY CAN PLAY WITH VERBAGE ALL THEY WANT}

BUT THE FACT ARE WE ARE NOT, NATAL WOMEN !!!!!

When the above Study was completed, it then allowed us transsexuals to refer to ourselves as Genetic Woman, Justifiably so!

So this changes the terminology in the following manner:

1. A naturally born woman is now referred to as a “NATAL WOMAN”

2. Transsexual woman are and can be referred to as “GENETIC WOMAN”

BUT, WE ARE NOT NATAL WOMEN, AND TO DECEIVE ANY ONE, IN PUBLIC, ESPECIALLY IN THE TRANSGENDERED COMMUNITY IS WRONG !!!!!!!!!   And especially to rely on the ignorance of the public, where they don’t understand the terms, into thinking we are “NATAL FEMALES”

I EVEN TOOK MY OPINION TO THE NEXT STEP, AND CALLED A FEW OF MY LONG TERM FRIENDS IN OUR COMMUNITY AND ASKED THEIR OPINION!

HERE IS WHAT THEY SAID:

1. They agreed with what I said above.

2.  They said it was ok to identify ourselves in public, as being born female and on the internet, etc, which I agree with.

3.  We all agreed. that we can refer to us as females, but the moment it becomes a friendship with anyone, we need to be honest and truthful, and not deceive them into thinking we are “NATALLY BORN WOMAN”

AND I SAY, EXPECIALLY WHEN A PERSON IS TRANSGENDERED, AND PLAYS WITH WORDS, TO DECEIVE US, AS SISTERS IN THE COMMUNITY, ABOUT THEIR TRANSITION!

IT IS IGNORANT AND DISRESPECTFULL TO US AND TO NATAL WOMAN!

Jamie Lee – Genetic Transsexual Woman

GLBT ADOVOCATE

NOTICE:

I AND MY CRYSTAL CONNECTION IS ABOUT EDUCATION AND SUPPORT!  I AM GOING TO BE BOLD ENOUGH TO SAY , I KNOW EVERYTHING THERE IS ABOUT THE TRANSGENDERED COMMUNITY.

I APPOLOGIZE FOR MY BRASHNESS SOMETIMES, BUT I THINK THAT COMES FROM,  BEING EX-LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR 30 YEARS.  IF ANYONE DISAGREES WITH ANY STORY, STATEMENT, OR OPINION SEEN ON THE “CRYSTAL CONNECTION”   I INVITE YOU TO CORRECT ME, OR SAY WHERE I AM WRONG

Thank you – Jamie Lee

OH, by the way, I want to warn you!

Don’t ever get into a pissing contest with a skunk!  You will always lose!

and

Never try to “BULLSHIT a “BULLSHITTER”

…………THER ARE NO WORDS THAT CAN BE SPOKEN……..JAMIE LEE


Jamie-standing

THIS IS SUCH A TRAGEDY!  MAYBE THE WORLD SHOULD LEARN A LESSON.  PUT DOWN WEAPONS AND START FINDING A WAY TO SOLVE DISPUTES,  AND PROBLEMS,  IN A CIVIL MANNER,  INSTEAD OF KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE !!!!

 

BEING EX-LAW ENFORCEMENT, EVENTUALLY,  I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE ANSWERS TO:

WHAT IS A WOMAN DOING WITH A = Sig Sauer and a Glock,  semi automatic handguns  –  a semi automatic military style rifle –.223, in her home?  

WHY WERE THESE WEAPONS,  AVAILABLE TO AN UNSTABLE,  MENTALLY ILL PERSON ?

 

AND HOW DID HE ?  GAIN ENTRANCE TO THE SCHOOL,  FULLY DRESSED AND READY FOR COMBAT ???????

 

Will the answers to the above questions, help figure things out in any manner?  Maybe, Maybe not!  But I do know that we can never forget this tragedy, our hearts and prayers need to go the the people who have lost precious loved ones, in this horrendous incident.

 

I AM RELATIVELY NEW TO BLOGGING!  BUT I DO KNOW THAT BLOGGING IS ABOUT WORDS!  BLOGGING IS ABOUT PHOTOS AND STORIES.   AND THERE ARE NO WORDS OR PICTURES,  THAT CAN PROVIDE,  AN ANSWER THIS HORRIBLE INCIDENT.

 

I AND MY CRYSTAL CONNECTION, OFFER MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY’S AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES!

 

THERE ARE NO OTHER WORDS………………………………………..JAMIE LEE

 

 

Dec 14, 2012 11:53am

LIVE UPDATES: Newtown, Conn., School Shooting

10:03 p.m.: WABC News and ABC News report that the Sandy Hook elementary school principal, Dawn Hochsprung, was among those killed during the Newtown, Conn., school rampage, according to multiple sources.

9:37 p.m.: A Sig Sauer and a Glock semi automatic handgun were used in the slaying and that .223 shell casings – a round used in a semi automatic military style rifle – were also found.

9:16 p.m.: Numerous relatives and friends of the gunman, Adam Lanza, and his mother were being interviewed by the FBI in New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, all in an effort to put together a better picture of the gunman and any possible explanation for today’s tragedy.

7:53 p.m.: Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said at a news conference that would be no more pressers tonight and they will not be releasing the identities of the victims tonight. “We’ve never seen anything like this. It’s heart wrenching for us,” Vance said.

7:30 p.m.:  Families of Virginia Tech victims release statement on Sandy Hook School shooting: “The immediate concern we have is for those families in Newtown whose lives are now altered, forever. From our VTV experience, as families of the victims and survivors of the April 16, 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, we know that their loss is incredible. Helping all to deal with the aftermath will take a lifetime of love and dedication,” Joe Samaha, President of VTV Family Outreach Foundation, said in a statement.

7:00 p.m.: Authorities continue to question Ryan Lanza, the shooter’s brother, but say he is not under any suspicion.

Tune in to World News with Diane Sawyer at 6:30 p.m. ET.

6:25 p.m.: Nancy Lanza, mother of gunman Adam Lanza, was found dead in her Connecticut home. The 20-year-old man, shot her in the face, authorities told ABC News. Following the murder of his mother, Lanza, carrying at least two semi-automatic pistols and an automatic rifle,  drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where his mother worked.  There he killed 20 children and six adults. Lanza was found dead in the school with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The rifle was found in his car, authorities said.

ht Adam lanza sandy hook bug 121214 wblog LIVE UPDATES: Newtown, Conn., School ShootingAdam Lanza, seen here in 2005, killed his mother at her Connecticut home before killing 20 elementary school students and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn, authorities said.

6:00 p.m.: “Evil visited this community today,” said Conn. Gov Dan Malloy.

5:29 p.m.: Gunman’s mother was teacher’s aide at school and not a teacher as previously believed, authorities say. WATCH LIVE press conference with Conn. State Police

4:52 p.m:   Neighbors described Adam Lanza  to ABC as “odd” and displaying characteristics associated with mental illness.

4:41 p.m.:Federal law enforcement sources now say Connecticut school shooting gunman was Adam Lanza, 20, and not his brother Ryan Lanza, 24, as earlier reported. Adam was found dead in the school along with his mother, a kindergarten teacher there.

ht twitpic newtown flag kb 121214 vblog LIVE UPDATES: Newtown, Conn., School ShootingPresident Obama earlier today ordered flags flown at half staff at all federal and military buildings and installations. Of those thousands of flags, perhaps none flew as mournfully as this one in the town center of Newtown, Conn., hours after 18 children were killed in school shooting. (Kyle Lyddy)

4:18 p.m.: “My deepest sympathies are with families of those affected, and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever,” tweets New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch gun-control advocate.

4:17 p.m.:  Federal sources initially identified the suspect as Ryan Lanza, 24, of New Jersey, but there appears now to be confusion over the gunman’s identity.

3:42 p.m.: Shooting took place in “one section of the school in two rooms,” says Vance, adds there is only one known shooter “right now.”

3:40 p.m.: 18 children pronounced dead at school; 2 dead at hospital; 6 adults dead at school, says Conn. State Police spokesman Paul Vance. WATCH LIVE press conference with Conn. Gov. Dan Malloy.

3:18 p.m.: “As a country, we have been through this too many times,” President Obama says about shooting.

3:17 p.m.: President Obama says majority of victims were students ages five to 10 years old. READ TRANSCRIPT of President Obama’s remarks on Connecticut school massacre.

3:15 p.m.:President Obama visibly emotional in remarks about Newtown, Conn. school shooting.

abc obama tears tk 121214 wblog LIVE UPDATES: Newtown, Conn., School ShootingA clearly moved President Obama tells the nations most of the victims killed in today’s Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting were children aged 5 to 10.

 WATCH LIVE President Obama’s remarks on school shooting.

3:15: Gunman Ryan Lanza’s mother was a kindergarten teacher at the school. She and many of her students were found dead in the school.

2:48 p.m.: Hero teacher Kaitlin Roig tells ABC News that she barricaded her first grade students in classroom bathroom and locked the door when she first heard gun shots. “The kids were being so good. They asked: ‘Can we go see if anyone is out there? … I just want Christmas… I don’t want to die, I just want to have Christmas.’ I said, you’re going to have Christmas and Hanukkah.. I tried to be positive.”

2:46 p.m.: White House announces that President Obama will address the nation at 3:15 p.m. Watch it HERE.

2:37 p.m.: Gunman Ryan Lanza’s mother found among the dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

2:28 p.m. The gunman in the Newtown, Conn.,  school shooting has been identified as Ryan Lanza, 24, of New Jersey. A dead body has also been found in his parents’ home, officials said.  Lanza’s body was found in the school.

2:22 p.m.: Federal agents investigating whether slain Connecticut school gunman had a relationship with someone in the school, sources say.

1:44 p.m.: “The scene is secure. The public is not in danger,” says Connecticut State Police spokesman Paul Vance.

1:42 p.m.:” Shooter is deceased inside the [school,]” says Connecticut State Police spokesman Paul Vance. WATCH LIVE press conference on school shooting.

ap ct shooting 3 nt 121214 wblog LIVE UPDATES: Newtown, Conn., School ShootingParents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (Jessica Hill/AP)

1:26 p.m.: President Obama has been briefed on shooting by FBI director Bob Mueller and spoken with Conn Gov. Dan Malloy.

1:17 p.m:  One shooter is described as 24-years-old, armed with four weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest, sources tell ABC News.

1:09 p.m.: Twenty-seven people, or more, most of them children killed in shooting, sources tell ABC News.

12:57 p.m.: Fatality numbers continue to rise. More than 25 people, mostly young children, killed in Newtown, Conn. school shooting, sources tell ABC News. WATCH live coverage of press conference at scene of school shooting, beginning at 1p .m.

12:47 p.m.: More than 20 people, most of them young children, killed in elementary school shooting, according to law enforcement sources.

12:36 p.m.: Law enforcement conducting car to car searches in area of school. Eyewitness PHOTOS from scene of school shooting.

12:26 p.m.: More than a dozen persons, including  children shot and killed at Newtown, Conn., elementary school, federal, and state  law enforcement sources tell ABC News.

12:24 p.m.: Law enforcement agents with weapons drawn seen running into wooded area behind the school.

12:19 p.m.:Federal agents are at the scene of the school with guns still drawn as parents rush to pick up their children.

ht newton bee school shooting nt 121214 wblog LIVE UPDATES: Newtown, Conn., School ShootingState police personnel led children from the school, following a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

12:11 p.m:  LIVE streaming video  from chopper above Sandy Hook Elementary.

12:09 p.m.: Sources tell ABC News multiple persons shot

11:55 a.m.: Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton tells WABC three victims in hospital are in “very serious condition.” 11:52 a.m.: Danbury Hospital confirms three patients have been taken there for treatment. A shooting involving two gunmen erupted at a Connecticut elementary school this morning, prompting the town of Newtown to lock down all of its schools and draw SWAT teams to the school, authorities said today. State Police confirm that one shooter is dead. A second gunman is apparently at large, sources told ABC News. The shooting occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, about 12 miles east of Danbury. State Police received the first 911 call at 9:41 a.m. and immediately began sending emergency units from the western part of the state. Initial 911 calls stated that multiple students were trapped in a classroom, possibly with a gunman, according to a Connecticut State Police source.

STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD — #1 JAMIE LEE


One thing I know, from being in the Military and Law Enforcement!   How disheartening it is when we put our lives on the line to protect YOU!   And It is you that ignore us.

The story below was submitted to me yesterday.  We in the GLBT Community, especially the Transgendered Community, need to stand up and support all woman’s issues……………………..

I ask that any one who sees this story submitted below, contact your members of Congress, and     “End the abortion coverage ban for servicewomen and military dependents who become pregnant due to rape or incest” !  NOW

Thank you Leila Abolfazli,  for contacting the Crystal Connection, and asking me to post your story and support this most intense issue.

 

JAMIE LEE – CRYSTAL CONNECTION

Dear Jamie,

The United States Senate has heard women –– and I mean unanimously.

After thousands of your fellow Americans contacted their Members of Congress, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed the Senate 98–0 with the “Shaheen amendment” included. This amendment would end the ban on abortion coverage for military women who become pregnant due to rape or incest!

This is an important and long overdue step, but the legislative process isn’t over.

Military women need your voice now more than ever. The Senate’s version of the bill must still be combined with the House’s version to produce the final bill the President will sign –– and this important amendment could get stripped out in the coming negotiations.

Contact Congress now to tell the leadership to support the Shaheen amendment in the final NDAA negotiations about to take place.

Tell Congress to stop playing politics with our service women’s health and dignity.

The cruel policy currently on the books forces servicewomen and military dependents to pay the cost of the abortion they need if they become pregnant as the result of rape or incest, unlike their civilian counterparts who also get their health insurance through the federal government.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Leaders in Congress will negotiate a final bill for the President to sign any day now.

As they conduct these final negotiations, your voice should be in their head: Military women make sacrifices for us every day –– now it’s our duty to stand up for them.

End the abortion coverage ban for servicewomen and military dependents who become pregnant due to rape or incest. Contact your Members of Congress now, before the negotiations finish.

We need to act now to ensure Congress allows the brave women risking their lives for our country to make their own decisions.

Thank you for making this personal,

Leila Abolfazli
This Is Personal

I OFFER MY CRYSTAL CONNECTION TO YOU ! MY VISITORS ! JAMIE LEE………VENI-VEDI-VICI


Jamie-standing

The Crystal Connection is dedicated to YOU !

You are the reader,  and my visitor, to the Crystal Connection, and it is because of you, that makes this a wonderful place.

First and foremost, I wish to thank each and everyone of you,  for visiting here.

I am honored to report that as of this date, I have 2,541 visitors, from 50 different Countries!

This has been accomplished in only 4 1/2 months, which makes me very proud.

HERE IS MY OFFER TO YOU !!!!!!!!

There may be many of you that visit, who don’t have a blog! Or,  you don’t have a venue, or the capabilities to tell YOUR STORIES

I will dedicate the Crystal Connection

As a venue,  for you to be heard and to tell those stories to the World.

I OFFER MY CRYSTAL CONNECTION

As you see, I have added a new Category “STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD”

If you have a story that needs to be told, E-Mail me at  jlcrystalconnection@gmail.com    with your story!

AND I WILL POST IT ON THE CRYSTAL CONNECTION

If you need to remain Anonymous or Confidential,  I will honor your wishes.

Also, if you just wish to leave comments, I will answer each and every one of them.  If you have any comments, as to how I can make the Crystal Connection better, for YOU, and what you would like to see here, in the future, please let me know!

I AM JAMIE LEE & THE MISTRESS OF MY OWN DESTINY

THANK YOU FOR VISITING HERE

NOTE:   THE CRYSTAL CONNECTION IS ABOUT EDUCATION, AND HUMAN SUFFERING.  IT IS ABOUT MANY THINGS, ESPECIALLY FEMININE OPINION, AND FEMININE OPPRESSION.   IT IS NOT A PLACE, AND THERE IS ZERO TOLERANCE, FOR RACISM, SEXISM, HATRED OF ANY TYPE.  IT IS NOT ABOUT MAKING POLITICAL STATEMENTS.

I WILL !  MAINTAIN IT AS A PROFESSIONAL AND COMPASSIONATE VENUE, FOR THE TRUTH & FREEDOM OF ALL !

….AFGHAN WOMEN’S WRITING PROJECT…….


red-shawl-in-cemetery-come back a day

 

My tiredness will go away
If you come back a day.

Friendship, poems, kisses, perfume, touching.

I will grow in your way
If you come back a day.

Sad memories, worries, pains and loneliness

All will go away
If you come back a day.

I will fly again in life’s sky.
I won’t be sorry anymore.
My insanity….

My life, my heart, my love, my every breath

Will be for you and only you
If you come back a day.

Your kind eyes, your beautiful face, your love

Will be enough to last my life
If you just please come back a day.

By Fatima S.

When I think of gender and violence, I think of the main challenges for Afghanistan: civil war and attacks that could come in the future. Economic issues—illiteracy and poverty and unemployment. and corruption.

To eliminate violence we need to provide opportunities and solutions. First of all we need peace in our country to eliminate violence. Then we must implement the rule of law as a basic right. We must place educated and professional people in key posts so we can decrease corruption. We must provide jobs for people. And finally, we need commitments from neighboring countries that they will not interfere in Afghanistan’s business.

How can we trust and believe that Afghanistan, with all of these challenges highlighted above, will never face violence against women? In our rural areas, 99 percent of women are illiterate and poor. They are not aware of their rights or what role they could occupy in our society.

There is a proverb that says women are like a piece of cloth. The parents put a price on their daughters the same way they price a piece of material for sale.

But it is our role and responsibility not to blame one another. I have had this experience while attending meetings and workshops. People blame the government and our government blames people.

However, if we give our hands to each other in unity, not blame, but trust and believe in each other, and if we do not depend too much on donors and funding, then I believe one day we will decrease the amount of violence in our country. Violence is a global problem and does not only belong to our country, and I hope one day we will never hear sad stories of violence.

By Mariam

Afghan Women’s Writing Project

http://awwproject.org

MORE OF MY TRIP TO SOUTH CAROLINA……………JAMIE LEE


Here is more photos of my trip to S.C. and the Family I stayed with:

Here is a photo of Brian and me at the Political Summit Meeting…….He and I, solved all the world problems, as well as the Economy……..

Here is where we began to change the World opinion!

We finally toasted, to our  plan to save the World ! 

And all of you may ask, where was our Secret Service, protecting us at this Summit?    Trust me they WERE around!

I WISH TO INTRODUCE ONE OF OUR AGENTS………..LILY !

MO MO a/k/a Molly guarded guarded us through thick and thing, watching our perimeter with great caution……….

ANOTHER SECRET WEAPON WE HAD AVAILABLE WAS  “MO MO ”  She was a statue in the back yard, who could come to life in an instant, to pounce like a leopard, if any danger approached…………….She has even been known to sit upon Roof Tops and keep a look out.   Most of the time you can’t see her.  She appears to be a White Flash going past you.   She is truly our ‘TOP SECRET – STEALTH WEAPON”

Jamie Lee………………………….