Thanks for taking this affirmative step. As a long time peace activist who has put up with sexism in many groups, it is always good to see women organizing against. Also thanks for speaking out about the legitimate concerns of so many women about male transgenders who insist on occupying womens' spaces. The violence and discrimination some male transgenders do experience does not excuse overriding the legitimate concerns of women born as women.
I'm a VfP member. I'm a man who supports, strongly, for a very long time women-determined spaces, for women. All of us who are war veterans are unwilling participants in male driven wars, all of which , at their most fundamental, are directed at women, their ideas, requirements, desires. The rest is just excuses and looting. The fact VfP folded in front of the demands of a small "vanguard" claque once again pushing mens agendas so easily, while resisting for decades the requests of many VfP women and men speaks volumes.... another attack on women's autonomy, spaces, legitimate desires. If you are going to be another combatant in the war on womankind, i'm out.
My name is William Clark. I am a retired Marine Sgt. and a member of Veterans For Peace, The Winter Soldier Chapter, Phoenix, AZ. This is an issue most men and most male dominated organizations would prefer to ignore. Personally, I wish the issue would just go away--- but it won't--- not in my lifetime. Year after year, decade after decade, century after century, women have been subjugated by male dominated societies and institutions. I'm a male and part of the problem. I'm working on it, not sure I'll ever change completely- but I'm trying. Veterans For Peace need to address this issue--- now. As long as they sidestep it... they are a part of problem as much as anyone or anything else and will continue to be. I am embarrassed by VFP's neglect concerning this issue. I am proud of the work of the Women's .Alliance and support their efforts. I hope the VFP, an organization I am, in all other regards, proud to be a member of will address this issue.
I never became a member of VFP due to problems I had seen in a local chapter. I had heard misogynistic remarks made by some members which also did not make me feel very welcome, especially when I think of why I left the military. It just was not an environment I ever felt completely comfortable with. Having said that, I do think there are some individual members that do good and needed work. Thank you for sharing and taking a brave stand for women.~Holly
Additional comments can be found on the Letter page:http://thewomensalliance.blogspot.com/p/veterans-for-peace-carries-on-50-years.html
Please add my name, diana Mackin, in support.
Veterans for Peace! This is outrageous. How is it possible that an organization of your kind can be so callously dismissive of female members asking valid questions about a position statement that you put up? One that will directly affect them and other females? Are your egos such, are you that self-important, do you hate women so much that you think you don't have to answer their questions? How is this possible? How do you use language that is not familiar to the average person and then tell them that certain undefined behavior won't be accepted? I am flabbergasted. I honestly don't understand how this can be. These women want trans people to be safe too. Maybe you should focus on male violence instead of telling women how they have to behave, what they have to believe, take away their ability to establish boundaries, and then not answering their questions about it. And then the accounts that are coming out about deep-seated sexism and misogyny in the organization. Maybe women just need to leave in droves and form their own organization. This is beyond the pale. I am sharing this everywhere I can. Michael McPhearson, Barry Ladendorf, Gerry Condon, Mark Foreman, Kourtney Mitchell explain yourselves!
I liked this letter very much and am glad to see women and male supporters of women's rights questioning supposed left organizations. The transgender issue is so toxic -- and transactivists of whatever description so self-righteous -- that I now use it as a measure of whether or not to support an organization. If an organization will not make a clear statement advocating women's right to gather in all-women spaces such as music festivals, women's right to sex-segregated spaces such as restrooms, and women's right to maintain hard-won legal victories such as Title IX, I will give them no money, sign none of their petitions, etc.
As a current board member of VFP, I support the efforts of The Women's Alliance to hold VFP and all other members of the peace movement accountable for failure to address sexism and misogyny within our ranks. I am doing what I can to encourage the board to communicate more effectively with the women in this movement, take comprehensive steps to completely eliminate sexism in the movement, and to either respond in full to the letter or take down the trans statement. I promise that I will continue to have this discussion with the board until the demands are met. Thank you for your persistence and courage.
Please add my name, Thistle Pettersen, in support of this letter.
I fully support you.
I totally support your letter. If there's going to be a policy it needs to be a proper one with a proper consultation. I hope you get your questions answered satisfactorily.
As a Girls and Women's-only health educator, I am in full support as an Ally. Veteran For Peace needs to reconsider this political mistake of normalizing sexism & trans ideology at the cost of female solidarity. Mary Ceallaigh
I am working with a group of gender critical midwives who are fighting the removal of the words "woman" and "mother" from language surrounding birth. The colonization of womanhood by the patriarchal gender industrial complex is beyond disheartening. It's maddening to all women who understand that gender itself is the rule book of our oppression under patriarchy. Gender needs to be abolished, not reformed and codified into law as the very definition of male and female. How can we join force? Here is a link to our open letter to the Midwives Alliance of North America. http://womancenteredmidwifery.org/take-action/
Please add my name to your letter as a woman in solidarity, Lisa McLeod, Arizona, USA
As an 100% disabled veteran who was sexually and physically attacked while serving my country, please add my name. I will no longer be silenced. Thank you for speaking for those that can't. I am an activist. They made me one. Add my name to your letter and I'm available to help.
Please add my name, I support this letter.
I fully support your agenda. Please add my name.
I am in full support of this letter and will be anxiously awaiting VFP's response.
I am in full agreement and support of this letter and hope that VFP corrects its policy immediately for the safety and protection of female vets. Thank you.
You have my full support!Please add my name.
I did not know about the Trans Statement or the silencing of women's voices until an IVAW lesbian friend told me IVAW male leaders had organized a group to 'out' gender critical opinions in VFP and IVAW. She was concerned we would be 'outed' and slandered as transphobic for being lesbians adamant against male bodied persons calling themselves lesbian.I support this letter and share your gender abolition point of view. It is typical of male IVAW members to tell women how to think. I refuse to let any male tell me lesbians have a penis. Good luck getting any answers from IVAW or VFP. I hope you get the same respect from them you have shown in your letter. You deserve an answer.
As someone who was around when Marilyn Webb was harassed while making that speech at the 1969 anti-war rally, I very much appreciate the difficulties of making this struggle. In the name of science, reason, justice and women's liberation, please add my name as a supporter.
Hadn't heard about that incident but here's a good article on it. Sexism in peace movement is more subdued, with sometimes clumbsy efforts to engage in affirmative action, but if one or two women rebel against the male consensus of a group they still can get in big "trouble". http://articles.philly.com/2000-04-22/news/25590259_1_women-s-international-league-antiwar-movement-feminists
I completely support you and have reconsidered my joining VFP. Thank you.
Thank you for your courage in writing this letter and speaking out. Only by organizing and fighting back as females and feminists will the feminist cause be embraced by the Left and the progressive peace and social justice movements (movements to which I have devoted most of my life.)
Thank you for your courage in writing this letter and speaking out. Only by uniting and organizing as females and feminists can we create a Left and progressive movements free of sexism and capable of making fundamental change.
I want thank the writers of this letter for their continued efforts to defend the rights of women and speak out against those who would send us back decades. I urge VFP to address the issues and answer the questions put forth. Karen Bravo, AZ
I want to thank the writers of this letter and fully support their efforts to get clarification on VFP policies. I urge VFP to address the questions put forth asap.
As a female veteran, I support the positions stated in this letter and urge VFP to reconsider its policy on this controversial issue. The objections laid out in the letter are clear, reasonable, and demand answers.