Author and Lecturer

Dear Friends,
I received this today from author Jean Bolen. It's a good one to read and spread around...


Let's Remember...

A short history lesson on the privilege of voting ...

The women were innocent and defenseless. And by the end of the night they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and with their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of "obstructing sidewalk traffic." They beat Lucy Burn, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting, kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the "Night of Terror" on November 15, 1917 (a mere 87 years ago), when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote.

For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms. When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because--why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining? Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie "Iron Jawed Angels." It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say.

I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder. All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. "One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie," she said. "What would those women think of the way I use--or don't use--my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn." The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her "all over again." HBO will run the movie periodically before releasing it on video and DVD.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy. The doctor admonished the men: "Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity."

Please pass this on to all the women you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women.

Prayer for Peace

Dear God,
Please pour your spirit
upon this conflict.
Awaken all hearts
and make sane all minds.
Please blanket our world
in blessing and protection,
that fear and violence may not enter here.
In New York and Washington,
Baghdad and Gaza,
may miracles cast away the darkness.
Thank you, God.

Sundays in Metro Detroit

Dear Friends,

My next lecture in metro Detroit will be Sunday, September 26th, 11:00 a.m., at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. 4th Street in Royal Oak.

Free parking is available all around the theatre on Sundays, and spiritual childcare will still be available. And the music is fantastic...!

I hope to see you in Royal Oak!

All my best,


About the Royal Oak Music Theatre
The Royal Oak Music Theater, a converted movie palace at 318 W. Fourth Street in downtown Royal Oak welcomes our Sunday lectures with over 1,100 seats. Please invite your friends and family to join us in our new venue. The box office phone is (248) 399-2980.

Responding to many requests for a more central location in the region and greater availability of restaurants, our team selected Royal Oak Music Theater. It is located two blocks north of Eleven Mile, two blocks west of Main Street and six blocks east of Woodward Avenue. From the I-696/Woodward exit, take Woodward north (right turn) about 3/4 Mile to Fourth Street. You'll see a large sign indicating this is the street to access downtown. Follow east (right turn) to Lafayette St.

Ample free parking is found at the parking structure on Fifth and Lafayette and on the surrounding streets.

Within three blocks you'll find the Royal Oak Transit Center where taxi cab stands, SMART buses, AMTRAK trains and Greyhound lines converge. Call (248) 541-8000 for schedules. All around you'll find coffee shops, restaurants with sidewalk cafes and park benches.

I Recommend...

Sometimes I see articles, quotes, events, etc., that I particularly like. So I'll post them here; hope you enjoy...
- Marianne



Sept 12th, 2004
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Several years ago, this paragraph from A RETURN TO LOVE began popping up everywhere, attributed to Nelson Mandela's l994 Inaugural Address. As honored as I would be had President Mandela quoted my words, indeed he did not. I have no idea where that story came from, but I am gratified that the paragraph has come to mean so much to so many people.

"...Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

~ From A RETURN TO LOVE by Marianne Williamson
© 1992 (Paperback; pp 190-191)

About Renaissance Unity

By Marianne Williamson
"On Politics and Respect"
Saturday, May 15, 2004

A man who goes to my gym began railing at me the other day, having read and vigorously disapproved of the article I last wrote for this paper. My analogy was wrong, he said, my information was false and my ideas were ridiculous - in other words, he didn't agree with me. What occurred to me was how different this was from a dinner I recently had with someone who disagrees with my politics just as much as does the gentleman at the gym, yet joins with me as we try to accord each other some mutual respect. Both of us realize that such respect is a prerequisite for meaningful political conversation.

I asked the gentleman at the gym, "What would you do about Iraq?" and he said, quite loudly for everyone to hear, "I wouldn't discuss that with you, Marianne. You're a radical leftist. You're dangerous." I couldn't laugh at that point, but I did say - though I don't know if he heard me - that the only real dangerous thing is people who call people who don't agree with them, "dangerous."


"War and Peace"
Saturday, April 17, 2004

I remember before the war started in Iraq, watching Dennis Kucinich debate the Bush administration's Richard Perle on television. Kucinich said that if we went to war there would be hand-to-hand combat in Baghdad, to which Perle patronizingly responded that Kucinich clearly didn't know what he was talking about.

Today, there is hand-to-hand combat in Iraq.

Those who think comparisons to Viet Nam are facile, might want to think again. Those who think we are demonstrating for the entire world to see the unbeatable power of the United States, might want to think again. Those who think what we are doing in Iraq is somehow defeating terrorism, might want to think again.


"On Martha Stewart"
Saturday, March 13, 2004

There has been a lot of talk about Martha Stewart's guilty verdict, and a lot of people seem awfully incensed that she broke the law. Yet she was indicted not for insider trading; she was indicted for lying to the government. Anybody, by the way, who has ever written the tiniest lie on their tax returns, has done the same. There is something about this situation, and the extraordinary emotional reaction people have to it, that has less to do with Martha Stewart, and more to do with us.

Enron's Andrew Fastow participated in a scheme that cost thousands of people their entire life savings (Martha did nothing even close), yet I don't see people dancing in the street because he is going to jail. Articles abound about who the next domestic goddess will be, how much money her empire is now losing on a daily basis, and how she is coping. America seems almost gleeful to see her suffer. This is not just about where Martha went wrong; there is something here about where America has gone wrong...


"Questions About Iraq War Create Moral Outrage"
Saturday, July 19, 2003

For those of us who lived through Vietnam, the parallels to the situation in Iraq today are startling. Every day we are beginning to hear about a soldier lost here and a soldier lost there. Ever-mounting civilian deaths. The government estimates a four-year stay. And always, there is the lingering question, "Now tell me why we went there again?"

The American people are now on news overload. With 24-hour television stations dedicated to the news, journalists seem to create events as often as they report them. It is very difficult to know who or what to believe. In the absence of a sense of genuine clarity, most Americans at some point stop trying, saying ...


"Heal Violence by Creating Department of Peace"
Saturday, June 7, 2003

This past April, Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio introduced legislation that would establish a Cabinet-level Department of Peace. I -- along with thousands of others -- have lobbied our congresspeople and advocated the idea however possible to friends and associates.

The goal of the department would be to coordinate conflict-resolution and peace-building efforts both domestically and internationally, providing the president with a much broader array of options for handling violent situations than are normally presented to him. Would we be so quick to apply police and military solutions to our collective problems, if we had peaceful alternatives deemed every bit as effective and sometimes even more so? ...



Department of Peace
I've recently been involved in the lobbying effort to establish a Cabinet-level Department of Peace. Please check it out at, and if you support the bill, contact your Congressperson and tell them so. Ask them to co-sponsor the bill (HR 1673) and do everything in their power to further its passing. You can also find out more by visiting You can visit for your Representative's contact info.

Since its inception in l998, the Global Renaissance Alliance (GRA) has been dedicated to a marriage of spiritual and political principle. We are devoted to the creation of a new political consciousness, based upon the non-violent principles articulated by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Fundamental change, in the words of Dr. King, involves a "qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives."

In the spirit of building more deeply non-violent social and political structures, we invite you join with us as we participate in a concerted, strategic grass-roots effort to support Congressman Dennis Kucinich's proposed legislation to establish a Cabinet-level Department of Peace within the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government. Please visit our Website at Department of Peace Campaign to find out how you can get involved!

It goes without saying that this is a hugely critical issue. (Abolition and Women's Suffrage seemed far-fetched when they were first introduced, by the way.) We can do this. Please help.

"Just as there is a so-called art of waging war, so there is an art of waging peace."

-- Marianne Williamson

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