Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as she sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground [...] and when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.
— Mark 4.3-8

Day 32

8 more days of seed-scattering to go!

You can do it! You're almost there!


Seed of Inspiration

#ThrowbackThursday

Each Thursday, for "Throwback Thursday," we'll bring you a biography from a seedy woman who made herstory by doing something of which it can be said, "nevertheles, she persisted." Plant this seed of inspiration within you to sustain your energy for the march we have yet ahead...

The following Seed of Inspiration is from the Jewish Women's Archive, which "documents Jewish women’s stories, elevates their voices, and inspires them to be agents of change." Their excellent podcasts, archives, lesson plans, book club, merchandise, and more will be of interest not just to Jews, but to all feminsts of regardless of gender or religion. You can explore their site and learn more about how to support their work by going to www.jwa.org.

Image Public Domain via commons.wikimedia.org

Image Public Domain via commons.wikimedia.org

Bella was “born yelling” in 1920. A daughter of Russian immigrants, she grew up poor in the Bronx. By the age of thirteen, she was already giving her first speeches and defying convention at her family’s synagogue. At tuition free Hunter College, Bella was student body president, and on scholarship at Columbia she was one of only a minuscule number of women law students across the nation.

Abzug then worked as a lawyer for the next twenty five years, specializing in labor and tenants’ rights, and civil rights and liberties cases. During the McCarthy era she was one of the few attorneys willing to fight against the House Un-American Activities Committee. While she ran her own practice, she was also raising two daughters together with her husband Martin.

In the 1960’s, Abzug helped start the nationwide Women Strike For Peace (WSP), in response to U.S.and Soviet nuclear testing, and soon became an important voice against the Vietnam War.
At the age of 50, Abzug ran for congress in Manhattan and won on a strong feminist and peace platform. She quickly became a nationally known legislator, one of only 12 women in the House. Her record of accomplishments in Congress continually demonstrated her unshakable convictions as an anti-war activist and as a fighter for social and economic justice.

After three terms in Congress, Abzug gave up her seat in 1976 to run for an all male Senate, but lost the democratic primary by less than one percent. In an increasingly conservative political climate, Abzug also lost later bids for city mayor and for Congress.

In 1977, she presided over the historic first National Women’s Conference in Houston. She then headed President Carter’s National Advisory Committee on Women until she was abruptly fired for criticizing the administration’s economic policies in 1979.

In response, Abzug founded Women USA, a grassroots political action organization. At the same time, she was playing a major role at the UN International Women’s Conferences, practicing law, publishing and lecturing. In 1986 she suffered the loss of her greatest supporter, her husband Martin.

In 1990, Bella moved on to co-found the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), an international activist and advocacy network. As WEDO president, Abzug became an influential leader at the United Nations and at UN world conferences, working to empower women around the globe.

Abzug gave her final public speech before the UN in March of 1998, and died soon after, at the age of 77. Her death is still being mourned in this country and around the world.
— www.jwa.org/womenofvalor/abzug

To see the article complete with links, audio, and images, go to www.jwa.org/womenofvalor/abzug.

Image Public Domain

Image Public Domain


Seed of Action

#DropOReilly

Image Public Domain via pixabay.com, New York Times Pressroom, 1942

Image Public Domain via pixabay.com, New York Times Pressroom, 1942

On April 1st, the New York Times broke the news that Bill O'Reilly, Fox New's top asset, has setted five separate sexual harassment cases in the past years totalling over $13 million dollars. Two pf these settlements came after Roger Ailes was dismissed from the network in a similar sexual harassment scandal. You can read the full article by clicking here

Since the story broke, two dozen advertizers have pulled out of his show, "The O'Reilly Factor."  We're now asking you to keep the pressure on the show's advertisers and on Fox News drop O'Reilly to send a clear message to Fox News, and to the world, that sexual harassment doesn't pay.

You can do this by scattering one or more of the following seeds:

  • First of all, sign the petition by Sum of Us by clicking this link to ask "Advertisers: Side with Survivors and Ditch O'Reilly."
  • Share the petition on social media with the tags #DropOReilly and #SeedstoScatter.
  • Share the New York Times article on social media with the tags #DropOReilly and #SeedstoScatter.
  • Want to contact Fox News and tell them what you think about them keeping Bill O'Reilly? Here's a link to a site that gives you four different ways to contact Fox News!
  • Want to boycott the advertisers that are still sticking with "The O'Reilly Factor?" Click here for the list. The one company I have used on the list is Weather Tech, so I sent them a polite email saying that I had really enjoyed their product and customer service in the past, but would unfortunately no longer be a customer until they pulled their advertising from "The O'Reilly Factor."

Love Notes

  • I'm planning on going on a social media haitus for the season of Eastertide, which is from Easter Sunday (April 16th) until Pentecost Sunday (June 4th), so I'll only be checking our social media accounts on Sunday, but no worries, S2S will be back!

  • Share S2S by email or by social media with the links below. After our march, I intend to maintain a monthly/weekly blog (haven't decided yet), with another march during the season of Advent, so we still need new scatterers to join us! Thanks for casting a seed back my way by sharing S2S!

  • Show us your seeds! Share with us images and stories of you scattering seeds by emailing me at seedstoscatter@gmail.com, posting on our Facebook page, or sending us a tweet @seedstoscatter! If you post as one of your seeds, tag it with #seedstoscatter, and if you donate as part of your march, mark it with Seeds to Scatter! I am so appreciative!

  • And above all, scatter with love!

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