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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
St. Augustine Port, Waterway and Beach District Disappoints
Women's Equality Day in St. Johns County, Florida
Uncelebrated by the City of St. Augustine, lamely observed by St. Johns County, ignored by St. Augustine Beach, today is Women's Equality Day, honoring the 19th Amendment and the long torturous and tortious road to women voting. Police tortured women protesters with forced feedings and wrongful incarcerations. Finally, stiff-necked segregationist U.S. President Woodrow Wilson agreed, and Congress and States ratified women voting.
St. Johns County and Florida: we must heed JFK's call and "make the world safe for diversity,."
St. Johns County Commissioners are all-white, all-male and all Republican; they
- stayed silent on the coverup of the murder of a Sheriff's Deouty[s girlfriend, and a man who was investigating her murder.
- refused to use bed tax funds for a modest program on women's issues.,
- tolerated and long retained MICHAEL DAVID WANCHICK County Administrator 2007-2019, a sexist thug who demeaned, insulted and fat-shamed women, refusing to attend EEO training,
- hired HUNTER CONRAD, an inexperienced young County Administrator without posting or advertising, or even considering a single women or minority candidate.
The only local observation of Women's Equality Day yesterday appears to have been badly mishandled yesterday, belatedly put on the agenda of an emergency declaration meeting on COVID-19, not publicized.
How gauche and louche of four St. Johns County Commissioners. (Commissioner Paul Waldron is recovering from COVID-19; we pray for his recovery).
Know the truth and it will set you free. Is our county is still bossed by racist sexist misogynist homophobes, who have committed crimes with seeming impunity? You tell me.
Thanks to The New York Times, PBS Frontline, et al. we know the truth. Please see
September 2, 2010 is the tenth anniversary of the coverup of the murder of Michelle O'Connell in the home of Deputy JEREMY BANKS, a homicide that was covered up by rebarbative State's Attorney RALPH JOSEPH LARIZZA and retaliatory Sheriff DAVID SHOAR, who legally changed his name from "HOAR" in 1994.
Sorehead Sheriff SHOAR, f/k/a "HOAR" is retiring.
You can vote to retire LARIZZA in the November 3, 2020 election.
Meanwhile, St. Johns County Sheriff-elect Robert Hardwick has a legal, moral and ethical duty to take action on the case of State of Florida v. JEREMY BANKS.
The whole world is watching.
From USA Today:
Don't take anything for granted. Voting now is as important as it was 100 years ago: Tory Burch
My mother could not get a credit card in her own name until the 1970s. The choices and aspirations of the women I love were daydreams back then.
Listening to speeches at America’s presidential nominating conventions this month in the midst of a global pandemic responsible for the death of more than 177,000 Americans, I am reflecting on the David Foster Wallace quote from "Consider the Lobster": “In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some diehard’s vote."
This quote is a frightening reality check at this precise moment in history and adds meaning and context to our celebration of the centennial of women securing the right to vote. The 19th Amendment may have been ratified a century ago, but the movement was born years before, in 1848 at a Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York.
For years women organized, went on hunger strikes and protested. The Women’s Suffrage Amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1878 and re-introduced for years, until it was finallyapproved by the House and Senate in 1919. It won ratification from the required 36 states on Aug 24, 1920, and that ratification was certified on Aug. 26 — exactly 100 years ago — on what's now called Women's Equality Day.
Our protests and votes bring change
But it wasn’t until 1924 that Native Americans were considered citizens with voting rights, and it took decades more for them to win the vote in each state. And Black women, particularly in the South, faced additional tests, taxes, and outright violence, all designed to suppress their votes until Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.