Friday, January 5, 2018

Time's Up on Sexual Harassment

As reported in the New York Times, 300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers, and entertainment executives have formed a powerful initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and in blue-collar workplaces nationwide.

Included in the initiative are a legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations to help women with less financial resources; legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment; a drive to reach gender parity at studios; and a request that women wear black on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

With the name Time's Up, an open letter was signed by hundreds of women in show business, running as a full-page ad in the New York Times, and in La Opinion, a Spanish-language newspaper.

We are making progress in the fight against ways that the top of the hierarchy, in this case men, keep women in less powerful positions.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Pence "Postpones" Visit to Middle East

If people who want to build hierarchies in the United States refuse to see what they are doing and remain clueless at the top of their efforts, other people around the world are not so clueless.

Vice President Pence's planned trip to Israel has been indefinitely postponed, with Israeli officials citing “various scheduling difficulties,” The Times of Israel reported today. Israel’s Foreign Ministry on Monday published its list of foreign dignitaries expected to visit in January, and Pence was not included.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced he would not meet with Pence in light of the decision. Other regional leaders condemned Trump’s announcement, saying it would undermine peace efforts in the region. The United Nations overwhelmingly voted in December to condemn Trump's Jerusalem decision.

Evangelicals: Supporting Hierarchy Conservator Leaders is Priority

"Eighty percent of white, self-identified evangelicals in Alabama voted for the disgraced and disgraceful losing pedophile Roy Moore," Ed Simon points out in his Newsweek article, "How Can True Evangelical Christians Glorify the Godless Trump?"

He also reports that the Public Religion Research Institute reported that over the past five years the “percentage of white evangelical Protestants who said that a politician who commits an immoral act in their personal life could still behave ethically shot up from 30 to 72 percent. The percentage saying such a politician could not serve ethically plunged from 63 to 20 percent.”

Now that hierarchies are slipping, we are seeing diehards make whatever rationalizations required to keep hierarchy conservators in power.

As to how to address these hierarchy conservators, Simon states, "Writer and scholar Burke Gerstenschlager writes for our current moment that 'In the midst of Propaganda and Gospel, we must resist … with love where there is hate. Resist with kindness where there is abandonment. Resist with grace where there is cruelty. Resist with justice where there is impunity. Resist with knowledge where there is ignorance. Resist with truth where there are lies. Advent is our season.'"