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Creating Change from the Grassroots

(Photos by Robin Holland)

This week, the JOURNAL examined the inspiring story of Leymah Gbowee and the extraordinary Liberian women’s movement chronicled in the documentary PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL.

The film documents how Gbowee courageously and organized the women of Liberia to demand a peaceful resolution to the bloody civil war that for years had torn the country asunder. Risking rape and outright slaughter to protest non-violently, the women became a key force that helped to achieve a tentative peace, the exile of the brutal President Charles Taylor, and the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female president of an African country.

Reflecting on the women’s movement that helped transform Liberia, Leymah Gbowee said:

“With these women, one of the things I realized was the untapped power that they had. These were the people who knew when the fighters were going to attack. These were the people who just knew, by sitting at their market tables, strange movements, and they would go to people they trust and say, “Pack your things and leave because danger is imminent.” These are the people that could talk to the fighters. Then again, on the negative front, these were the women who were moving weapons from one community to the other in their bundles, so they knew when the war was coming, they knew how it was going to be, and they knew the fighters. They could stop whatever was happening in the different communities, [but] no one – not the UN, not all of the consulates and the analysts – none of them ever figured that this group of people had what it took.”

Film producer Abigail Disney said that the story of Gbowee and the Liberian women is consistent with historical non-violent movements and a potent inspiration for those seeking change today.

“It is really, in effect, a classic example of non-violent resistance in the vein of everything that Gandhi and Martin Luther King ever planned... All they were asking for was something that was essentially kind of conservative, which was “let’s just make these systems work, let’s just hold these systems accountable to the promises they made.” They were just asking people to do their jobs... This classic Gandhi non-violence, where the power equation is flipped in a moment, is so extraordinary, and we’ve seen it in so many places. The more we see it, the more often we’ll see it – making it visible [and] making it available to people will bring it out in places we can’t even begin to imagine.”

What do you think?

What lessons can American grassroots movements take from the Liberian women’s movement documented in the film PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL?


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"Obstruction of Justice"--
I really appreciated Ms. Gbowee's response to this. When are we going to realize: Injustice is a condition brought forth by oppressive social laws founded by primitive mankind? That obedience to the common laws of our heart is what paved the road to justice? That these laws within personal consciousness--the common ideals--as PEACE-- are an opposition to the "reality" formed by mankind; by human authority? That the 'reality' formed by the appearance of objects is deceptive? That the mind--the 'reality'- formed by body and environment has proved to be inaccurate and incompatible? That freedom from this incompatible reality is our destination? That insight,--not eyesight is what made the difference,--what determined our direction? That God most likely was the navigator of our journey toward truth and justice?

"White, not Hispanic" women went through their "courage and sacrifice" eras for thousands of years on the way to building a CIVILIZATION with a culture that did NOT constantly recreate hell on earth. There just weren't any cameras around (or utube or myface) to record the heroics.

The struggle for THOSE "white, not Hispanic" women was to build a civilization. All the noise now seems to be about how to steal it or buy it cheap.

Don't pervert Ms Gbowee's NATURAL struggles (all "races" have to go through it) on the road to building her own "heaven". She's not after what someone else earned the right to have through thousands of years of culture and civilization.

[''This is not a Republican or Democratic party problem it belongs to all that turn a blind eye to it. I hope and pray that someone will rise above politics and paint a picture of what could be and not the corruption that is. Posted by: Ronald Becker'']

'' I hope and pray that someone will rise above politics - ''

Right THERE, is the PROBLEM; Hey Ronald, that ''SOMEONE'' IS YOU and ME and the ''REST-OF-THECHOIR'' - - -

After seeing this MOST INSPIRING story, HOW MANY OF YOU ARE WILLING TO ''A-C-T'' ??

Folks, the point is, we can all sit on our behinees and spit out high-falutin verbose pecans on this web site OR get out to Washington and give our elected Reps and this 'missing-in-action' POTUS, a dose of reality - -

Starting form the birth of this nation, women's rights, civil rights and freedom - - ALL WERE WON BY 'A-C-T-I-V-S-M' IN THE END; true, words came first and then it was backed up by A-C-T-I-O-N !!!!!

That is why I have whole heartedly SUPPORTED the ''CODE-PINK'' LADIES; they seem to be THE ONLY ONES STANDING UP to THE CORRUPT, LYING and EGOTISTICAL ''LEADERS'' in Washington !!!!!!!!!!

BTW, the MSM portrays ANYONE challenging the STATUS-QUO, as ''CRAZIES'', ''TROUBLE-MAKERS'', ''LEFT-WING-NUTS'', ''ACTIVISTS'' etc, etc - -
just want to remind the MSM that ALL our Founding-Fathers too were ''CRAZIES'', ''TROUBLE-MAKERS'', ''LEFT-WING-NUTS'', ''ACTIVISTS'' etc, etc to the British Imperialists; THAT IS HOW THEY GOT THEIR JOB DONE !!!!!!!

The story of Ms Leymah Gbowee and the extraordinary Liberian women’s movement SHOULD BE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US here in THE USA !

Left me in absolute awe at their INCREDIBLE courage and sacrifice !!!!!!!!

Sister Boricua,

I opined in other posts that every "race" is failing at protecting the best people in their own "race". As a "white, not Hispanic" woman, I depend on my race's MEN to cooperate with me in maintaining the UNIQUE civilization we WOMEN and men) labored to create over thousands of years. My "boys" have not let me down because I helped RAISE them.

Every "race" of women need cooperation from their MEN. Women RAISE the men.

None of the men I RAISED are racists, drug pushers, weapons merchants, some kind of various sex perverts, greedy sociopaths or anything else that, I agree with you, is truly UGLY in the world. I also agree with you that women and children suffer the most from UGLY.

There is no way around the POWER that women have, as women - whether black, white, or purple with pink polka dots - and that is how you RAISE your men when they are children. Men need to be raised to evolve NOBLE minds and hearts.

Women also need to raise themselves throughout life with pursuing the education that "culture" in a civilization provides through the arts and science of living.

What a wonderful example for children when they are an example that Mom is creative and inventive through education!

I read too much here that makes it hard to believe most of these viewers have a clue, want to have a clue, want to act, want to even see African and Native and Latin and Asian American women right here who resist violence non-violently every day.

Just as many people, especially youth and women, are killed beaten raped in America as in many war-torn countries. We arm the world from America for profit. We arm the ghettos in America for privilege and profit and drugs.

We love to look at the Other overseas who is so Noble [Savage?!] but hate to see ghettos mere blocks or under 10 miles from where we live. We ignore the women of color - many are Christian and Muslim - who protest and try to organize against all this violence but wax euphoric when it's a woman of color overseas. In this country Latinas march and protest hate crimes against their sons mostly but also against their daughters, and we ignore them. Arab women, like Latinas, grieve their children locked up in detention, deported, beaten sometimes to death on the streets. Do white American women see them?

We are not a monolithic race or culture here and until we get over the racism here, nothing will change. The women's movement here fractured into almost indiscernible shards over racism and classism. When women of color here voiced that awareness, the movement died rather than face and overcome it.

But brown Latina women and black women and red women and Asian women and Arab women are organizing through our tears for our dead sons and pimped daughters
right here, now. The children are victims of hate crimes, the daughters clean the homes and care for the children and are raped by the husbands and sons, still, of white women who have yet to figure out where and what and why they've gone wrong. And poor white women still see us as enemies instead of allies.

When women of color here overwhelmingly voted for Obama and not Hillary Clinton, white women were shocked, shocked I tell you. But like the late Audre Lorde RIP said, those are our sons dying on the streets, our daughters sold on the corners, and as mothers whose skin is brown, red, black, yellow, when we see a black man succeed, it is hope that bursts our hearts for both our sons and our daughters. Hope we still can't feel when we see our white sisters ignore our organizing, marching, weeping sacrifices right here and now.

taneil voiced this schism here on 6/20 at 1 a.m., and it was ignored. I'm a Caribbean black red sister whose first language was Spanish, but does she grieve w/us when our kids are slaughtered by anti-immigrant haters, or join them in their refrain that we should just "go home", as if this was not a red then brown home first before whites came, then imported black slaves to use and rip apart as they had already done to us. They brought Asians for slave labor and prostitution, just like they did to us who were first here.

Do all red sisters claim our black children, or try to keep the crumbs in our rez for ourselves? Do straight religious women claim lesbians and bisexuals and transgender women as sisters? Do rich women of all colors see our sisters in poverty of all colors at all? Do educated women see uneducated ones? Do atheist and agnostic women see women of faith as anything more than caricatures?

As teneil said, the white privileged educated woman documentarian saw the brave women of Liberia as "characters" in her "work". Until we all stop acting like colonial anthropologists, and resenting the colonial anthropologists, we cannot move forward. The ones with the most privilege have to give up the most comfort, apologize for their patronizing, and work 'til they grow calluses. Can they? The ones with the most rage must admit our deepest sorrow and accept genuine apologies and give thanks for sisterly work. Can we?

We must, or we all lose - everything.

Incredibly inspiring, thanks!

The best thing about modernity, I thought, was the abandonment of the sexual division of labor and strict sex roles. The predominate territorial tribal model, women doing most of the agriculture while men engage in ceremonial warfare, remains reflected in our corporate needs based combat today. It has been my experience that the "pack animals" do the controlling in our society, and that these macoutes worship power (and wealth) whether legitimate and deserved or not. Women in our post modern culture, being discriminated against (glass ceiling, lower pay, disproportionate family responsibilities, lesser credibility of competence) are more apt to be critical thinkers. (I find my best, dearest, most dependable friends are mostly female.) I find communities get a better garden when all gender orientations work (and often cook and eat) together. And well fed communities are less likely to war. (Remember: North Korea is starving.)

Dear Mary Hath Spoken,

Ms. Gbowee is an archetype in the sense of classic Greek theatre.

What she is up against just to be able to grow enough food to feed the "village" does deserve thought and meditation and HONEST conversation.

But in the final analysis, it can't be JUST the "men" that are blamed for the madness, can it?

After all, the hand that rocks the cradle has a lot of influence in shaping the character of her children.

Men are responsible for keeping each other within agreed upon bounds of "civilization".

Women should be able to do the same thing within the female ranks. In order to get back "female" power, we need to stop letting the men select the alpha female. Men are unqualified to judge the female archetype. They'll still get an entertaining "cat" fight going even if they let us ladies do it on our own terms :-))

May the best woman "win".

Thanks to PBS for bringing Ms. Gbowee's life to light.

Kind regards.

It should also be noted that the men recognized the evil in the situation and acted accordingly.
Blindness to evil is a human fault we must overcome. Ignoring the reality of a situation is a form of self-defeat.

I agree with the sentiments here. Extraordinary story and she is definitely deserving of a Nobel prize.

Mary Hath Spokane,
It is interesting that Spokane is the apple capital of Washington State.
I think there was a story about Eve eating the forbidden fruit and talking Adam into eating the self same fruit.
Men probably fight over women or to impress women more often than not.
Personally, I am impressed with self-confident women.
There are several in my family.
There have been some very harsh women throughout history but I have to agree that men are generally much more aggressive and expected to be.
It would be nice if people would quit killing each other and become civilized.
That would take a major paradigm shift but it would be well worth it. People could concentrate their efforts on quality living instead of death and destruction.
Leymah Gbowee is a brave lady and deserves much admiration.

In answer to Ronald Becker: I have a is called enlightenment; knowledge of the real problem and its origins.

How did this happen? I can answer that question with a question. Did you know that the economic mess we are in is because of the male altered ego? Also, did you know that males are also responsible for all famines and wars in this world? Think about it ....women would never send their children to war nor allow others to starve. Why is there this difference and how did it come about? It came about when societies adopted belief systems, such as the three Middle East religions of Judaism, Christianity and Moslem, that state God is male, his Son is male and even the holy spirit is presumed male. [The male is to be as God Jehovah - bloodthirsty and raper of virgins Numbers 31:18]That view also made women soulless, mere possessions and no longer equals and definitely not divine. Since the male is now the divine Godlike of the two genders he can no longer have any female traits like crying or showing love and compassion; for than he would be considered female and weak or not divine. His image now meant too that he could never failure; he had to be an achiever. If he failed he would be again like a female and weak. So you see, through the generations of time, even now in our DNA, are these genes of this altered image of man who is full of raw power. Instead of being a loving, compassionate person the man's self image must fed and become stronger, morewarriorlike, able to compete and always be the winner etc. These are all traits of an altered ego, not our true spiritual being, which we innately really are - loving, forgiving, wise, peaceful etc.

Just the understanding of this core problem with our world view should be healing.

This story made me wonder what the heck I was doing sitting there on my couch watching TV. I will seriously be asking and praying this question in my own life and looking for what I need to do to make a difference in my community, whatever the battles may be.

Thank you for bringing this story to us. May it change our hearts and minds and attitudes toward the injustice in our world.

Kudos to 13 for "NOW" and BM's Journal. I support 13 for these informative programs so that I can get the truth of what is actually happening here and abroad.

I would like to thank Bill Moyers and all who work with him for putting this story forward. UNIFEM's US National Committee has committed itself to screening Pray the Devil through its 10 chapters this fall and will continue to try to support the efforts of Leymah and other women who come together to improve their lives. The women of Liberia are an inspiration to us all, and we all need to share this message and act.

This is the most inspiring woman and story I have seen for a long time. Laymah has truly remarkable gifts. She is already inspiring many women and people around the world. I saw interviews with the Liberian President and she was impressive but there was no accompanying story about the women's movement of Liberia. Thanks to Abigail and others for working on bringing that story out. What has happened to that former official videographer with all the footage?

The story of Leymah is beyond remarkable. I can not wait to see the film "PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL". The lesson is take action. Become aware, strategise, tell the truth. I have lived a life where I have exhibited some courage in telling the truth. I feel I have awareness but I too am waiting just as others who are unaware. We need to communicate to take action. We are still too isolated. I live in California. We smile and are friendly. We are not connected. Taking and creating opportunities is necessary. I have been speaking to people for years that we need to take to the streets. The solutions to our current problems will not be created by the politicians. We need to create community to assist and speak to each other. i had to desire that Obama would be successful. I did not believe him during the campaign and I still do not. He did not inspire me. Yes, it is great that a black person could be the President of the United States. But, we have still only had one non Protestant male president. Culturally, Obama is white mid-western. I am 57 years old. I wanted Hillary Clinton to be our current president. I want a good woman president. Perhaps that needs to be a woman more out of the current political system. I was born a liberated woman. I have childhood stories that prove it. I find the statements of Obama and others that all our daughters now know they have the opportunity to be president tedious. I want a woman now. A true feminist cares to raise all humanity, both female and male. It is so sad that people cannot communicate through their biases. The advertising communication and now the so called news media communication actively creates voids. I suppose that the news media is now so closely associated with business that direct and investigative information is not possible. I knew for several years before the current economic collapse that it would come. Perhaps because I live in Northern California where housing costs were increasing and wages were stagnant, I knew that these incomes could not sustain the market. The greedy fools should be brought forth to the public. Those who lied and inappropriately lead financial illiterates to doom themselves, should be punished. I have discovered that I live in an area that values the public persona so much that they create a situation where we are the 3rd highest area for plastic surgery in the nation, even though they are very low income. Wow! I should have known this . I have been aware for years now that the public also contributed to this greed response. The economic situation was also fueled by the greed of many individuals who did not have high incomes. They had to go to Wal-Mart and buy toys each week for their children. There has not been enough in the media about how all levels of our society participated in this financial debacle. We need to search our souls to assist each other. To find joys in connecting with each other and move forward. The financial movement for sometime now has been to push those of us in America down. I and others I know have skills and optimism. Women I have known in a project of 30 year involvement have often bowed to the reality of the male control. Years ago I noticed that women are more apt to comply and step back when they are told that is not legal or within your ability. Where men will just say lets change it. Actually, I have often seen men just ignore the law. Then the law is eventually changed. I know a woman now that thinks a labor law relating to our profession and those that employ us is a grey area, since so many employers choose to ignore it. Truth and the courage of what our knowledge and intuition gives us must be practiced. We in the village or marketplace where we meet do know the answers that create justice.

On many levels, the women of USA are frozen in high school morality plays ala the classic movie "Mean Girls". Palin is the archetype "woman" chosen by cynical MALE pols, and there is no Lohan archetype in real life high school (look at what the Hollywood establishment DID to Lohan since that movie!).

Imagine how Ms. Gbowee would be treated by "political" moms in your corporate cube world?

The three women who appeared on the front page of Time magazine after 911 have all be UNEMPLOYED since they were labeled "whistle-blowers".

There is not a single woman I know - and I know hundreds - who are NOT on some kind of drug management for their bi-polar condition of avarice and cowardice. They usually swallow the pills with a tall glass of Merlot.

This "elite" class of women do still find the courage to go after the one they are most jealous of...must be a different part of the brain that seeps through the drugs that provide the "serene" illusion they project as "feminine".

Most are also terrible mothers. What is the moral explanation one can give her children for breast implants and other sundry "improvements"?

What an amazing woman? The women of Liberia are an example to the world of how "ordinary" people can defeat the more "powerful" and corrupt forces.

If it can be done in Liberia, why can't people galvanize to change the corruption in these United States?

Ms. Gbowee's example leaves us no excuse.

I too was so 'blown away' by Leymah, and Abigail, that I just sent the link to about 30 or so women I know.

Thank you so much for the informative, inspirational program of the women in Liberia proposing a peace demonstration---and it is working! wonderful. Thanks again, Bill Moyers. Oleta Thomas Casper, Wy.

This was a spellbinding project that took place in Liberia, Africa. Mainly by Leymah Gbowee when she said in the film: "And we started the Christian Women's Peace Initiative." When the women, who were raped and exploited, as well as their children killed, finally got so disgusted, they told their husbands, if they couldn't get peace back into their country, they would withhold sex. Then if that wasn't bad enough, they told the women that they were going to arrest them and they said that if you do, we are going to take off our clothes. Is this what we are going to have to do to get the attention of our politicians in this country? The economy is getting raped and there's not really much being done about looking into what caused the problem. So, I'm wondering if we will ever solve the problem. It's wonderful to hear that some people are turning things around and if it takes women to do it, maybe we need more women in politics in this country to help turn things around. I write on the Obama Blog where I have 77 articles about the eocnomy and various other subjects such as HEDGE FUNDS and TOXIC DERIVATIVES.
Yours truly, Disgusted Middleclass Taxpayer, Public Citizen and AARP Member, LaVern Isely

Amazing and inspiring! Thank you for bringing this story of a successful grassroots women's movement to the screen.

I was riveted watching Leymah Gbowee and Abigail Disney on Bill Moyers Journal. This is why I love PBS and its coverage of world events. As a former journalist, I use all the tools I can to stay current on what's going on globally. Yet I missed the story of Gbowee and the market women, even though I followed Liberia's war news over the years. I appreciate Disney's documentation of these extraordinary women and their efforts for peace and hope this film receives the wide distribution it deserves.

As an Egyptian where women since time immemorial have had a say in running the country I was so moved by the leadership of these women who brought all facations, christian, moslem and other to stand for justice and human rights. what a lesson for all of us as we struggle with intolerance and ignorance of our true power. thanks pbs for bringing these women into the limelight.

Leyman Gbowee's story is extraordinary. A true woman of courage.

How inspirational? The question is, "How can the strategy exhibited be utilized next?" It has been my good fortune to have the opportunity to research and develop an initaitve called a "Call to Women, a World-Wide Unity Campaign. It is a "proactive" people movement, with women leading the way, but not exclusive to women, that implements a "Global Strategy of Nonviolence, For the Children." I am not the one to implement the plan. It is designed for women leaders, like Leymah.

I have planted seeds with many women leaders, a complete guideline for review, and in December of 2008, heard about the World March for Peace and Nonviolence (WM). The WM is an incredible opportunity, or vehicle, to catapult nonviolence into the public consciousness. Therefore, if women leaders promote the WM, it will open the door for the Women leaders to implement Leymah's strategy!

I am working hard and need assistance of expert marketing, communications, and administrative people. Please help me enlist prominent, women, non-governmental leaders. Please investigate a It is my first attempt at a website, it needs work and updating. Keep an open mind.

I am a man that believes in Riane Eisler's cultural transforamtion theory from the "Chalice and the Blade."

All my research led to a commonality between all people --the children.

Thank you.

If a person with black hair sees a person with red hair, he or she sees someone different. If a person with black hair sees a child with red hair, he or she sees a "child." by Adil Najam, Professor International Relations, Boston University

2010? That is too long to wait. We want to see this film, now! It is too important to keep on a shelf until 2010.

I was blown away by tonight's program about Leymah Gebowee and the women of Liberia using non-violent actions to stop the Liberian civil war. What courage and determination they had!
They were well-organized, committed and awesome.

It made me ashamed of our country. We have greater wealth, education and constitutional protections than the women in Liberia.
But what have American women done to stop the insane occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan? Or bring universal health care to every family?

Women have acted together in the past to make change - to trying to abolish slavery and child labor; winning a woman's right to vote, exercise reproductive freedom and secure civil rights. But for decades we have been far too quiet.

We should also be ashamed that we have never had a woman president, while Britain, Germany, India, Israel, Liberia, Pakistan and many other countries have had women leaders.

The Liberian women risked everything to take back their country. They should inspire us with their fearlessness and solidarity. We American women need to rise up and reclaim our country!

"As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days. /The rising of the women means the rising of the race. / No more the drudge and idler -- ten that toil where one reposes,/ But a sharing of life's glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

Susan Helf
Seattle, WA

A Gender Ministry? A gender war? Are men more corrupt & women less corrupt? It seems so within politics & the world of high finance. Just look, for example, at the last century where men in high political positions slaughter millions of people through their political ambitions.

Now look at countries where there is a balance of men & women in politics. Germany, the northern Scandanivan countries, Iceland; There is equality, at less, between the sexes and less abuse.

I watched this show and I have to say I wasn't happy with it at all. Here again you have white women exploiting a story and "pretending" to have empathy for Leymah and her fellow Liberian sisters story but, as a film maker myself, I've learned to hone my eyes. Number one both Disney and Sherr were very uncomfortable when Leymah began talking and couldn't wait to switch the focus to Disney's documentary (I believe she forgot it was in fact a documentary when she referred to Leymah and others as "characters" when showing HER doc to other women higher on the racial color caste system created by europeans) I mean really!! A white supremacist always gives themselves away. What compensation is Leymah getting for her story being exploited and for Disney and other white supremacist women to present themselves as human beings let alone caring/empathetic ones. We all know that white supremacist capitalist patriarchal women in the US DO NOT care about women of color let alone black women UNLESS, they can benefit more than the victims of their psychological terrorism.

I first saw the Lynn Sherr report on Worldfocus. I was impressed then and am still impressed how much one person CAN do.
I'm about ready to go to Washington D.C. and try some of the same tactics (and you know which one I'm talking about). I don't feel that I'm being heard by my elected officials. Will it work?

i hardly watch tv. i turned it on to this channel and was immidiately captivated by
Lehymah Gibowee's story. i will most definitely continue to watch more on PBS

Bill... I am stunned. As a historian you know well that the 2nd Amendment is not about hunting or gun sports.. You are fond of quoting history and the founders..
"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence ... (George Washington)

"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." (James Madison, The Federalist Papers #46 at 243-244)

"the ultimate authority ... resides in the people alone," (James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, in Federalist Paper #46.)

"The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them." (Zachariah Johnson, 3 Elliot, Debates at 646)

It is about Freedom and staying free against tyrannical rule.
You make a deal about the 30,000 gun deaths... But fail to mention the 33,000 suicides, of which 57% are gun related... Not to mention the gangbangers...

I am STUNNED that you are trying to convey this into a legitimate argument for gun confiscation or regulation...
Motor vehicles cost 45000 deaths a yr. Poison?? 37000 a yr...

Sir, I dare say it is the LEGAL OWNERSHIP of guns that keep American free and that will remain forever, as it should be.

What an inspiration is Leymah Gbowee's courage and determination to all women! Women around the world must unite to peacefully resist policies of aggression, force and violence. Killing and violence must be universally outlawed and only women can bring that about. We must use her example and do it. We don't have to wait until the catastrophes she faced come to our doorstep. It is up to women to change the world. We are 50% of the world's population and we can do it. How many more centuries are we going to wait? Let's teach our fathers, husbands, brothers and sons that there is a better way. We don't have to convert. We teach by doing.

I'm a big reader and follower of the news and wonder how it is that I never heard of Leymah Gbowee on the conventional media. Thanks, Bill Moyers, for telling us. I hope this impressive strong woman will receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Leymah Gbowee, to me, exhibits the power of a woman's love. I can feel it in her speech--she cannot stop talking about her accountability to her children. Thank you very much for the opportunity to meet, if only via television, such an extraordinary woman.

I was so mesmerized and impressed with Leymah Gbowee in the piece on "Sen the Devil Back to Hell". What an intelligent woman. She did not attend college, but her wisdom is far reaching. We could use women like her across America organizing against the kids in gangs and drug violence and across the world in areas like the middle east and indeed, Africa, teaching about peace and equality for all. Great inspiration!

What an inspiring movement by the women of Liberia. I have long believed that women must take a stand against the testosterone- driven intoxication with violence. A world strike to demand peace by witholding sex may be our last hope to stop the destruction of the planet -to stop the insanity of patriarchal evil.

Got to tell you - I was so impressed with the wisdom and courage of Ms. Gbowee and the story of the market women. Glad I know now what she and the Liberian women were able to accomplish by peaceful means, which I would have considered impossible in a man-dominated political system. Those were real men who listened to these mothers. Thanks for the program, which I almost missed (because I'm a conservative male).

This reminds me of the Irish Troubles and the two women who also brought about peace. We all, all over the world have the ability to help intiate change in our governments,It is so nice to see something positive coming fron human beings in this world of ours right now.

-makes me think of the Iranian people. I don't know how many of us thought the people of Iran had the courage to stand up to demand a free election. I don't think they will give up and are headed for a revolution. They have my prayers. I pray for a miracle that gives them a truly free election and that the leader they choose will insist on a government that treats women equally. What a wonderful example it would be for the mideast area.
Friday night is my stay at home night so I can watch Bill Moyers Journal. Sad to use a cliche - I think he is preaching to the choir. It is up to us, (the choir) to share what Bill and his guests teach us.
I am so looking forward to tonight's program.

With over 250,000 troops stationed around the world and our government acting as a police force for the world. In an age were the world could be destroyed at the push of a button. They American tax payer pays for this folly while we have children and the elderly going with out food and medicine. Yet we are told the Nation cannot change this as it would bankrupt the country. And at the same time our political system gives billions to unfriendly governments.
This is not a Republican or Democratic party problem it belongs to all that turn a blind eye to it. I hope and pray that someone will rise above politics and paint a picture of what could be and not the corruption that is.

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