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We are warriors: A Mad Mike’s America Video Commentary

Update March 2, 2012

Warriors, United

From the beginning, the focus of the March on Washington DC has been about unity. The name We Are Woman was thought up as a starting point, a hub, so to speak. As we grew in numbers, and as our energy increased by leaps and bounds, we realized that there were other groups, other women shouting and organizing and we needed one cohesive name. Thus, We Are Woman became Unite Against the War on Women: Washington DC March. The date, April 28th, 2012, has not changed, the organizers have not changed, the amazing warriors dedicated to fighting the new GOP have not changed; in face, we have multiplied a thousand times over.

We have a Facebook page and a website, we have literally hundreds of volunteers, and we have thousands of women ready to stand, shoulder to shoulder on April 28th in our nation’s capital and say “No more!” We are warriors, indeed, and we are United Against the War on Women. If you would like to RSVP, volunteer or just stop in and cheer us on, here are the links to our Facebook page and website.

We will win this battle, because we are women, we are powerful and we are United.



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36 Responses to We are warriors: A Mad Mike’s America Video Commentary

  1. Nan Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Someone posted this on Facebook, and that was how I found it. Magnificent.

    Thank you, thank you.

    I’m in.

    • Luna Reply

      February 17, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Way to go. I was hoping someone would raise a call to arms as I didn’t even have a clue where to start. I am IN.

      How do we get started?

  2. Atome Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 10:25 am

    We are not property. You are absolutely right.
    I am in.

  3. Crystal Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 10:31 am

    No one has ownership of another human-being!

  4. Maria Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I got goosebumps watching. Thank you.

  5. Gail Lakritz Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I am glad to see there are other women outside my circle that are as mad as we are. Domestic violence and rape are real, no matter how many convictions the judges in James City County VA can commute or seal. Yes, they seal them, even though it is illegal for them to do so. Rape and domestic violence is common in Williamsburg, the seat of our colonial heritage, and it needs to be outed. No woman is safe there, and they make sure when they are done with you, that you are defamed so that no one will listen to you. Virginia is not for lovers, it is for wife beaters, wife and child murderers and rapists of women and children.

  6. Erin Nanasi Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Thank you. We’re in the early stages (as in this morning) of organizing. If anyone has done this before, on a large scale, please contact me on Facebook. David Pakman, journalist and radio host, is on board, and I’m waiting to hear back from David Schuster and Julian Bond. We need a name, a website and people. Tons and tons of people. I have friends working on a name, and hopefully someone can step up once that’s complete and design a website. As to the tons and tons of people, our hope is that once we have the name and the site, they will come in droves. Again, thank you so much. No more.

    • Lynda Reply

      February 17, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      “A Million Women March” for a name.

  7. Andrea T. Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I’m so relieved to find others who are just as outraged as I am at the treatment we have to deal with, the problems we have to fight over and over and over. I’m sickened at the steps being taken to move us backward in time. We cannot afford to to simply nod in agreement to posts like this and then move on, forgetting the obscenities before us. Thank you for so succinctly voicing my thoughts!!!

  8. Gramiam Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Count me in, Erin! I have put up with this nonsense for 67 years now and I AM DONE! About the only positive thing I have been able to accomplish is to raise three sons who respect women and who know Mom would kick their butts if they didn’t!

  9. Nan Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Website?! Terrific!

    Once a name and a website is in place, it might be a thought to create a “page” on Facebook; it could direct a bit more traffic to the website. Twitter, too, come to think of it.

    Probably get some idiots, too, but… Anyway, it’s a thought.

  10. Chris Buescher Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I am behind this completely.

    I had read about some of the things you mentioned earlier today and I knew that you would write (or in this case, say) the perfect thing in response.

    If there is anything I can do to help in this, just ask, I don’t know what I’ll be able to do to help, but I shall do all that I can.

    Thank you for getting this going.

  11. Erin Nanasi Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Okay we have a name: The We Are Woman March on Washington DC. It’s a twist on “We Are Legion” combined with an homage to the Helen Reddy anthem of the original Equal Rights movement. We wanted to use “We Are Warriors” but do you have any IDEA how many warrior groups there are? Zoinks. Again, thank you all so much, and especially thanks to Mad Mike for letting me use my job to promote this. Peace.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      February 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      You are welcome Erin. Mad Mike’s America supports this cause and applauds your efforts to make a difference.

  12. Leisa Shewalter Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I’ve passed on this link on my FB page, and will email/write my Representatives/Congressmen to express my outrage. THANK YOU for calling women to the battle.

  13. Charlotte Reynolds Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I am a colon cancer survivor and I will not let the past 5 years of fighting for life go down the drain just to see some Neanderthal Republicans and their self-annointed priests, rabbis and preachers take us back to the Dark Ages. Women need to get out to vote in 2012 and show these Neanderthals what true democracy is all about. One woman = one vote. But, I would like to add – there are some good men who stand with strong, independent women. These are just not the men who are screaming and ranting the loudest at the moment. If you have a good man in your life – treasure him. And don’t forget that it takes women and good men together to beat down the Neanderthals.

    • Erin Nanasi Reply

      February 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Charlotte-you are absolutely right. My husband wants to make banners for the march, is singing “I am woman hear me roar” as he putzes around the house and is looking forward to a road trip.

  14. Nan Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Good to see a name.

    Just saw that the Missouri House GOP has voted to “ban county health clinics from providing family planning services.”

    There is obviously a need for the local level as well as the national. It’s past time.

    State of Misery – not such a joke after all.

  15. Kate Walters Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I’m with you, and I know many, many women who join me. Thank you, Erin, for speaking with such eloquence. Right now, I’m far too pissed off to speak clearly.

  16. Mari Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you Erin for making public the outrage we all feel and have felt watching our hard-earned rights be attacked by right wing conservative zealots (yes, even some women). Hard to believe this is the 21st century! A Fb page would be a great way to spread the word. That is how in October of 2010 so many hundreds of thousands of us gathered in DC for the Rally to Restore Sanity. Right after a page was created for those of us suffering from Rally withdrawal–and it is still going strong! I’m in!

  17. Deana Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Thank you for this video and this call to action. I have been posting all day on this issue on my FB pages and special interests groups! I am as outraged as you are! The thing that struck me almost immediately when I saw the pictures of this “Panel of Experts” 3 of whom wore priestly collars and then heard of the words of Issa when he rejected having Sandra Fluke speak was an instant flash image of paintings and depictions of the Inquisition. A group of men, religious men, deciding the fate of women, who were not allowed to speak in their own defense, and the only words they were allowed to utter were those of contrition, submission and guilt, right before the were burned.

  18. Lynda Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Count me in Ladies!

    I do have a question about the Kay O’Connor thing. Was that statement made during the hearing or was that from previous stuff that spewed from her mouth? I just want to make sure I have my facts straight. I know in 2001 she made the statement that women shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

    • Erin Nanasi Reply

      February 18, 2012 at 9:52 am

      This was a statement she made in 2001, after telling the League of Women’s Voters they wouldn’t want her to speak at an event, as they would not like what she has to say. She walked those comments back, arguing that she never said them, but numerous people overheard her, and came forward to confirm the LOWV’s statements. Ann Coulter has also said that women shouldn’t vote.

      • Lynda Reply

        February 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

        Thank You!

  19. Renna Shesso Reply

    February 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Facebook outrage is high, but you just gave this issue a face: Thank you! Yes, it’s personal, as personal as any issue can possibly be. Taking it to the streets… it’s time.

  20. Teeluck Reply

    February 18, 2012 at 12:36 am





  21. Alex Reply

    February 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I shared your video above on Facebook yesterday. I want to be part of this. I want a better world for my daughter. I may not have the funds to fly to Washington (though I will try to see what I can do about that)but I want to help, to be active. Tell me what I need to do to be helpful.

  22. Leann Strobel Reply

    February 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I have shared this many times and am IN, but I’m having a problem with the video hitting some women the wrong way as soon as it goes into telling women that if they vote Republican they hate themselves. You lose them there. Everything you’ve said before this, gone. We can’t unite by being divisive, no matter how angry we are about the same issues.

    The really strange thing about this is that some of these that this has affected I don’t believe have ever voted. Something about what is said, or the way it is said, they take personally. Low self-esteem? I don’t know, but that part is certainly problematic.

    • Erin Nanasi Reply

      February 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Then ask them to explain the logic behind voting for a party that hates them, minimizes them, tells them to stay home and attend to their duties, tells them barefoot and pregnant is the only way a woman should be in America and that their bodies belong to bunch of men. Ask them how they justify voting for a party that votes to allow Virginia to rape women (trans-vaginal ultrasounds against their will), tried to change the definition of rape (HR 3) and thinks married couples should practice abstinence rather than use birth control. Ask those Republican women who took offense at the truth of my statement how they can vote for a party that would look a 13 year old incest victim in the eye and tell that child she MUST carry a pregnancy to term. Then ask them how it is a lie that they hate themselves.

  23. Alex Reply

    February 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Erin, I think the big break down is that a lot of women are also angry at Obama over the 2012 NDAA and ITS assault on ALL our liberties and his casual murder of an American citizen without benefit of trial, another blow against our Constitutional rights. When I look at the Repulsivican offerings the only thing I can say for Obama is that he still appears as the lesser evil… but still an evil all the same. So it’s going to be a hard sell to convince women that Democrats care about them any more than Republicans do.

    • Erin Nanasi Reply

      February 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      As to the NDAA, there are numerous sites that break down the truth from the lies spread by Glen Greenwald et al. And unless you personally know President Obama, how would you know the death of al-Awlaki was casual? al-Awlaki planned the Christmas Day bombing attempt in 2009 and directed the 2010 failed attempt to blow up US cargo planes. If I suddenly became a traitor to my country and plotted the murders of hundreds if not thousands of people, I would expect to be treated like a terrorist, which is exactly what he did, and exactly what he was.

      I don’t actually know “a lot of women who are angry” at President Obama. I guess the women I know studied the information about the NDAA and since many of them either served in the military or have children serving in the military, have a different view of what a terrorist is.

    • Lynda Reply

      February 18, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      That “American Citizen” had his citizenship revoked. He was a terrorist. Any terrorist Home Grown or Abroad should all meet the same fate. Heck if I was the President I wouldnt have given Bin Laden a burial at sea. Not the way they did. I would have used a C-130 and a wood chipper. I think you get the point of that.

      As far as Democrats carrying more than Republicans you need to open your eyes. Who is fighting for Planned Parenthood? The Dems. Who is fighting for the average person, The Dems. Who wants to tax the poor and middle class to death but keep tax cuts for the rich… The Republicans.

      I’m definitely not mad at Obama. I plan to vote for him again! He hasnt been allowed to do many things because of the Republicans filibustering him. As far as Obama Care goes I know of several women and men who wouldnt be here today if it wasnt for that. They all would have died since they couldnt afford health insurance or had preexisting conditions. A friend of mine’s son who is self employed has colon cancer at the age of 40. My friend paid out of pocket for her son’s initial surgery. He then married his long term girlfriend and her insurance has picked up his chemo. If it wasnt for Obama Care he wouldnt be able to get the chemo. My friend was a die hard republican. Guess who she’s voting for in 2012.

  24. Kate Walters Reply

    February 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Addressing previous conflict with the Obama Administration regarding the wording of the Senate text, the Senate-House compromise text, in sub-section 1021(d), also affirms that nothing in the Act “is intended to limit or expand the authority of the President or the scope of the Authorization for Use of Military Force.” The final version of the bill also provides, in sub-section(e), that “Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.”

    Please note the last sentence of that paragraph. I don’t know anyone, male or female, who is angry at Obama for signing this into law, IF they have actually read the law.

    As far as alienating women by saying they hate themselves, this is no different than telling a woman she might consider leaving the man who routinely beats her. Supporting the repression of women and their rights is truly a sign of low self esteem.

    As for killing terrorists in another country, be they citizens of this country or not, tough shit for the terrorist. This is what happens when you plan on killing thousands of human beings.

  25. Alex Reply

    February 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    The main problem with the assassination of al-Awlaki is not whether or not he was guilty or innocent. The problem was that he was not given a trial, which, should he have failed to turn himself in, could have still been held in absentia. Had he been subsequently convicted and sentenced to death then what was done would have been lawful and just. But as it actually happened, it wasn’t. As to the NDAA I have read numerous “breakdowns” from both sides of the issue and what proves most telling to me is that the president felt the need to assure us that HE would never use the powers granted to him in the most troubling sections. So I guess we just have to hope he won’t ever change his mind and that all subsequent presidents will be as enlightened. And yes, I know a lot of women who feel the same way. We ALSO KNOW that the Republican party hates us and wants us in utter subjugation and that they will do everything in their power to turn back the clock a couple of hundred years on us. So please don’t misunderstand. No woman in her right mind is slavering to elect Ron Paul even if she agrees with his ideas on foreign policy, currency or the war on drugs. Not if she’s paid the slightest attention to the fact that he’s signed “personhood” pledges and has said he’ll try to get rid of Roe vs Wade and “turn the matter of abortion over to the States.” And there is absolutely no need at all to even speak of the other 3 unspeakable contenders in the Republican freakshow. But you do women a disservice when you try to frame this as a “Democrat good, Republican bad” argument. It is much more complex than that. I am fiscally conservative yet aware of the necessity of taxes and social services and programs. I am anti-religious yet would uphold true religious freedom as it is enshrined in our Constitution with my last breath. I am socially liberal and support gay marriage. I own guns and will NOT give them up. I am adamantly against corporate personhood. I support stem cell research. NEITHER party represents my interests in full. For me, and the MANY who are like me, politics is ALWAYS a matter of choosing the lesser evil. I will admit, in this time, it is the Democrats who present the lesser evil, especially in regards to women, in my view. But I will not fall for simple rhetoric or easy answers. And I will not tell anyone, least of all women, that there are any. We are not fighting Republicans. We are fighting patriarchy. We are fighting ANY man who believes his will should be superior to our own and I don’t give a damn what party he registers with. So let’s call it what it is. It’s not about politics. It’s about fighting any man who would subjugate us.

  26. Alex Reply

    February 20, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Differences upon the supposed beneficence of the Democrats aside, I still strongly agree with your overall premise. As women, we must act, and we must stand against what is currently being done to us by our own government. It is when we allow such differences of opinion to divide us that we are most likely to fall prey to our enemies. Most of the offenders are, in fact, Republican. So let’s go after them. Do not cast aside those of us who would so gladly join your cause merely because we do not necessarily agree upon how good of a president Obama is. I would like to help. Please let me and the rest of us know what you intend so we can.

  27. Linda Reply

    February 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    i’m in. Thank you!

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