Kickstarter campaign for Alice Paul: Suffrage Wagon Cafe

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 “TEA with ALICE and ME” 

The Intersecting Lives of Two Militant Visionaries
Written and Presented by Zoe Nicholson
A Wild West Women Production

We always had a little tearoom, always at our headquarters.    Miss Alice Paul.

Nothing Alice Paul did was quite as innocent as this remark implies.  More to the point,
…The Grated Door, the Woman’s Party tearoom in Washington, where the militants, under Alice Paul, met daily to plan the next move in the campaign for suffrage. Boston Post, Sunday, Jul 24, 1921 – Page 24

14 Jackson Place, Washington DC (used with permission)

14 Jackson Place, Washington DC (used with permission)

14 Jackson Place, The Woman’s Party Headquarters 1917 – 1922 had full view of Mr. Wilson’s White House, just across Lafayette Square. As the Silent Sentinels guarded the many White House gates, they took rest and planned a revolution over a cup of tea. Sewing torn banners, warming feet, drying off and taking a short respite; more than tea was being served. It was the birthplace of Non-Violent Direct Action in the United States.

Forward out of Darkness, Forward into Light

Forward out of Darkness, Forward into Light

TEA with ALICE and ME
Presentation and Production

This multi-media stage presentation is a TED talk on steroids. It is both historic and current. It is the astounding story of one woman’s life and how she was intentionally redacted into obscurity by jealous and disapproving moderates. It is a story about a small Quaker woman who carried a fire for Equality that could not be extinguished – no matter the defeats, the rise and fall of public opinion or her declining age.

March, 4, 1913 – as the first person to create a march to the White House, the architect of the successful radical suffrage campaign and the woman whom so few could identify from a photo; knowing her is not merely gift but a call to action.

A true strategic genius and strident leader. She did not suffer fools but women were drawn to her for one simple reason, she knew what had to be done.

Finally, after studying, writing and speaking about Miss Alice Paul for almost 40 years, Zoe Nicholson, standing in Alice’s shadow, proclaims our legacy and lights a newcomer’s torch. Zoe believes that this intentional invisibility needs to end, Alice needs to be brought into stark relief, with all her faults, all her cultural limitations and elevated to her proper status. The loss of Alice’s imprint has robbed us of this true American hero.

The program features, the master story-teller, Zoe and the hundreds of photos she has collected over the years demonstrating Non-Violent Direct Action. VISIT HER WEB SITE ABOUT ALICE PAUL AND HER LABOR OF LOVE!

A Lifetime of Activism

A Lifetime of Activism

I am in love with equality and you are too.
It is just that simple.
Because, in fact, there is no place else to be.

From: Martha Wheelock, ED Wild West Women Inc.
Wild West Women. We make films. Films about women.

The Centennial of the 19th Amendment and all the various events that led up to August 26, 1920 are now being celebrated across the country. Most recently we marked the death of Inez Milholland. One hundred years ago suffrage activists marched into Statuary Hall for Inez’s national memorial –a significant first for women. Inspired by the 1,000 women carrying banners up the steps and under the leadership of Alice Paul, the National Woman’s Party began standing in silence, holding suffrage banners, around the White House, January 10, 1917.

Wild West Women, Inc. is proud to produce a new and innovative program, Tea with Alice and Me; written and presented by Alice Paul scholar, Zoe Nicholson. This multi-media stage production, narrated by Zoe is personal, political, insightful and inspiring. She not only illustrates the 9 decades of Alice’s activist life but establishes direct parallels to current protests, demonstrations and strategies. Now, more than ever, we need to embrace our legacy as activists. We need to treasure and exercise the VOTE. We need to bring our radical political women into national prominence. Women and girls will find leadership and strength in the great Alice Paul.

Examining her 92 years, we raise her astounding life out of obscurity,
declare her strategic genius and arm ourselves with relentless courage.
We need Alice Paul’s legacy in these times.

Two years ago, assistant producer on the film, Inez Milholland ~ Forward into Light, Zoe Nicholson began work on a script for a full stage presentation about Alice Paul. Zoe, herself, (and we as eavesdroppers), is the interlocutor with “Alice Paul.” Zoe has been researching and “living” with Alice Paul over several decades. Zoe is more than a scholar and academic; she is imbued, absorbed and obsessed, the way one has to be to get at the heart and head of Alice Paul.

Since 1980, Zoe has been more than studying Alice Paul, she has been using her tactics and teaching others about Non-Violent Direct Action. 1982, for 37 days, Zoe herself fasted at the Illinois State House for the ERA, as Alice Paul did for Suffrage. I have attended four presentations by Zoe on Alice Paul and Zoe holds an audience mesmerized while delivering profound understanding not only of Alice Paul but also of inspired activism. Zoe lifts her audience from any chronological biography to the application of activism, drawing parallels from what is practiced today to its point of origin, Alice Paul. Stories draw us in as she tells us about the scheming, the long commitment and Alice’s resolute demand for Equality.

Not only will this Kickstarter Campaign provide the resources to mount the program, Tea with Alice and Me, it will be used for the professional multi camera filming, with professional sound recording the presentation. This will be used to promote the live presentation, guarantee that this rich history lives in public record and lift Alice Paul to her rightful status as the Founder of US Non-Violent Direct Action, militant suffragist and author of the ERA.  It will be available for schools, colleges, libraries and public television.

Miss Alice Paul

Miss Alice Paul

From: Zoe Nicholson, Writer, Speaker, Activist
The Hungry Heart, A Woman’s Fast for Justice

NOW more than ever, we need to embrace women activists. Americans need to know that Alice Paul founded Non-Violent Direct Action to the U.S. Every day Americans turn to study the tactics of Gandhi when we could be listening to our very own Alice Paul. From Tar Sands to Charleston, from North Dakota to Ferguson, from Reproductive Justice to Immigration, there is no doubt that understanding and interpreting the methods and heart of Miss Alice Paul would raise the conversation and inspire women and girls, men and boys, all those who seek to create change through peaceful Non-Violent Direct Action. One day Alice Paul will be recognized as the first American to use Non-Violent Direct Action, Civil Disobedience and political protest within a political movement and I hope I will be one of the instruments of that righteous occasion.

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Last day of 2016: New Year’s & birthday wishes!

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Women’s history is part of American history and our mission is to bring women into the conversation and participation of the nation. This web site is inspired by activists like Edna Kearns (1882-1934) whose “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon will be on exhibit at the New York State Museum during 2017, the state’s suffrage centennial observance.

December 31, 2016 is the last day of the year-long Inez Milholland Centennial, a campaign of the National Women’s History Project. Marguerite Kearns and Bob Cooney have been co-chairs of the effort throughout 2016. Inez Milholland, the nation’s suffrage martyr, was nominated for a citizens medal in November 2015. More information at: InezMilhollandCentennial.com Will outgoing president award Inez MIlholland with a citizens medal before he leaves office? Check the Inez centennial web site to find out.

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Inez Milholland was the first to lead an inaugural women’s parade in the nation’s capitol in 1913

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MORE PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR OBAMA TO AWARD CITIZENS MEDAL TO INEZ MILHOLLAND!

Inez Milholland led inaugural women’s march in Washington, DC in 1913!

As President Obama prepares to leave office in 2017, women from across the United States are preparing to participate in the women’s march in Washington, DC to tie in with the January 2017 inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S President.

This will be the second historic women’s march in the U.S. Capitol linked to a presidential inauguration. The first was a woman suffrage demonstration on March 3, 1913 just before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. The leader of that 1913 votes for women march, which included between 8,000 to 10,000 participants, was Inez Milholland (1886-1916) riding a white horse. Her image was featured in newspapers across the nation. Three years later, Milholland entered U.S. history as the nation’s suffrage martyr.

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association in Lorton, Virginia, has joined with the National Women’s History Project in Santa Rosa, California, as well as other groups and individuals across the nation as part of a growing network building toward 2020, the centennial observance of American women winning the right to vote.

The present, past and future come full circle as these organizations join hands during the final days of the Obama administration. They are expressing support for the President to award suffragist Inez Milholland (1886-1916) with a Presidential Citizens Medal before he leaves office.

Milholland, a New York attorney and suffrage leader, died in Los Angeles on November 25, 1916 of exhaustion and pernicious anemia. Born in Brooklyn, she graduated from Vassar College and New York University School of Law. She collapsed during a grueling speaking tour for the 19th Amendment and became a martyr to the cause of justice and equality. Details about this beloved suffragist, who died at age 30, are available at InezMilhollandCentennial.com.

A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

“We have a unique opportunity to give girls and women hope for the future,” said Pat Wirth, executive director of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association that has been fundraising to build a votes for women memorial in Lorton, just outside of Washington, DC. The proposed memorial is scheduled for completion by 2020.

Inez Milholland was a founding member of the National Woman’s Party, centered in the nation’s capital, that carried out the picketing of the White House 100 years ago starting in January 1917. Suffragists were imprisoned for picketing and force fed when they went on hunger strikes. They will be honored at the Turning Point Memorial. Milholland’s final plea, featured on their banners, became their theme: “Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty?”

MEDAL SYMBOLIC THAT OFFERS TANGIBLE PROOF OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS

“The Presidential Citizens Medal is symbolic and it will offer tangible recognition of the long and difficult struggle of American women and their male allies to tip the balance toward equal voting rights,” noted Molly Murphy MacGregor, executive director and co-founder of the National Women’s History Project. The NWHP sponsored the yearlong Inez Milholland Centennial campaign whose co-chairs Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr. have prepared a petition and final support documents for presentation to the White House.

One hundred years ago, while on the campaign trail in the west, Inez Milholland predicted that “Victory is in sight.”  A century later, “Americans are still coming to terms with how the dream of equality has not yet been realized,” said Los Angeles filmmaker Martha Wheelock. In 2016 she produced and distributed “Forward into Light,” a documentary about Inez and has distributed it free to thousands of individuals and organizations across the nation. The DVD is available through InezMilholland.org.

Public radio WAMC

 

This coverage on public radio by Allison Dunne brings the story of Inez together in a way that sheds light on the nomination’s significance.

Link to the story on WAMC radio.

 

 

 

 

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How Inez Milholland inspires us in 2016!

Author Sandra Weber, author of new book on suffrage movement from McFarland Press (2016), reminds us of how Inez Milholland inspired American women 100 years ago and she continues to inspire today. See article.

Weber draws attention to the 2015 nomination of Milholland for a citizens medal that is part of the Obama administration’s unfinished business in mid January 2017. Weber is the author of “The Woman Suffrage Statue” published in 2016 by McFarland.

 

100 years ago on Christmas Day: Remembering Inez Milholland at Suffrage Wagon Cafe!

Happy birthday suffrage activist Edna Kearns (1882-1934) on December 25th. Find out about Edna and her “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon at Suffrage Wagon News Channel. Edna’s “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon will be on exhibit in New York State during its 2017 suffrage centennial observance.

December 25, 1916. Memorial for Milholland in Washington, DC 287413_orig

On this day before December 25th in 2016, we remember the Christmas Day memorial service held in 1916 to honor Inez Milholland (1886-1916) for her service to the nation. This is why we’re a partner in the InezMilhollandCentennial.com observance.

A nomination to award Inez with a presidential citizens medal is in the pipeline at the White House. The nomination was filed over a year ago by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier of California. Did you sign the petition?

Additional names strengthen the presentation. Photos: Library of Congress.

The UK honors its suffrage martyr Emily Davidson who died after injuries from the King’s horse in 1913. And in the United States, Inez Milholland died in 1916 while on a lecture tour in the West to win voting rights for women.

The current campaign continues to support President Obama in awarding Inez with a presidential citizens medal before he leaves office.

A star for Inez Milholland, America’s women’s suffrage martyr on Vimeo.

Find out more. And there is a free DVD of “Forward into Light,” the 15-minute documentary about Milholland from filmmaker Martha Wheelock.

"Spirit of 1776" storytelling

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Follow SuffrageCentennials.com for news and views about upcoming suffrage centennials. 

Find out about the Inez Milholland nomination for a citizens medal from President Obama before he leaves office. InezMilhollandCentennial.com

Four holiday videos from suffrage advocates

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We wish you a happy and peaceful holiday season!

"Spirit of 1776" storytelling

Marguerite Kearns is host at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

Follow SuffrageCentennials.com for news and views about upcoming suffrage centennials. 

Find out about the Inez Milholland nomination for a citizens medal from President Obama before he leaves office. InezMilhollandCentennial.com

Holiday greetings & news from Marguerite Kearns

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VOTES FOR WOMEN NEWS: The legacy of the women’s suffrage movement is being unearthed in Rhode Island where student researchers have been contributed to a national database of votes for women activists, the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States. This is in preparation for the 2020 U.S. centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years.

Canada is forging ahead with its announcement that a woman, Viola Desmond, will be featured on a Canadian $10 bill. Harriet Tubman is expected to be on U.S. currency in the future. The stories about more women, on whose strong shoulders we stand, are being shared across the nation. Follow Suffrage Wagon News Channel during 2017.

The national centennial campaign continues to support President Obama in awarding a citizens medal to Inez Milholland, America’s suffrage martyr before he leaves office. The nomination was filed in November 2015 and a countdown is underway to find out if Obama will embrace the nation’s second highest medal for Inez as part of his legacy. Find out what happened 100 years ago on Christmas day on the Milholland centennial web site.

A national task force has been meeting during 2016 to plan local and state events across the nation during 2020, the centennial of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Christmas Day 1916 memorial serviceMarguerite Kearns is your host at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

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