National Clearinghouse on
Marital and Date Rape
mirror site: http://members.aol.com/ncmdr
Slavery Issues/Essie's Run on the Underground Railroad
When we discovered that Essie Garrett was running along the route of Harriet Tubman's underground railroad, it was incredibly thrilling! Better still was when we found her en route just after she had been to Susan B. Anthony's home in Rochester, and had visited Frederick Douglass' Memorial as well.
We would like readers of our web page to see her web site at http://www.essierun.org and to contribute to a tribute fund for her to help her special pilgrimage to Harriet Tubman's home in Auburn, New York and the Woman's Rights National Historical Park in nearby Seneca Falls, New York, where the 150th anniversary of the Women's Rights Movement in the U.S. was just celebrated last July.
Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to:
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Please note on your check that it is for Essie Garrett's trip to Harriet Tubman's home!
Below are some quotations/links to slavery issues on our web site. (More will be added later!)
"The X symbolizes the anonymity of women's history and the legal ownership of women. That legal doctrine permits Marital and thus Date Rape." About Laura X
"My name, which stands for women's history being anonymous, and protests our legal slavery as exemplified by laws which give husbands and dates the right to rape us, started as a pen name late in 1969, but really began when I was 12 and went to my cousin's wedding and saw her handed over without standing on her own two feet once! I had just seen pictures of children being sold at estate slave auctions on the courthouse steps of St. Louis where I grew up. I always was an impressionable soul!" Women's History Month Origins
"The Mexican Supreme Court had condemned women to sexual slavery in marriage. The definition of involuntary servitude in the U.S. Constitution (13th amendment against slavery and involuntary servitude) is if you can require a specific service of someone and back it up by force. In this situation of cohabitation, the threat of the force is omnipresent. The women of Mexico became political prisoners, victims of repellent, unconscionable government abrogation of individual rights." The Mexico Supreme Court Campaign
"He [Enrique Gonzales Pedredo (PRI), Senator-elect] was shocked at the ruling because Laura explained that spousal rape was not considered rape in Mexico and said that this was wrong and that there must be consent. She said that if one person has a property right in another person's body that it is slavery and he was clearly supportive." Protest at UC Berkeley re Mexico Decision