Introducing myself and my journal: Women's Councils: Food + Farms + Democracy

Debbie Hillman
Posted April 13, 2014 from United States

About Me: Here it is 2014, and I am now 63 -- just about ready to do what I think I came here to do.

"Here" is the Chicago area, Cook County, Illinois, the "Midwest" Great Lakes area of the U.S. -- the Heartland.

What I came here to do is to: Participate in and facilitate Women's Councils on Food + Farms + Democracy. This means getting specific about "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" -- every meal, every day, every decision, every place, every generation, every species.

Specifically, this means to participate in a major course correction of the American Revolution and the writing of the U.S. Constitution, from which all women were excluded -- including Mother Earth.

With the help of the World Wide Web and Women Weaving the Web, my goal is to:

Be part of a year-long NATIONAL BOOK CLUB to: A. Read the U.S. Constitution

B. Draft amendments that would 1. Restore all U.S. people and land to right relationship, in terms of Food -- basic survival needs Farms -- access to land, space, place Democracy -- self-representation 2. Identify the powers and responsibilities of women to maintain right relationship 3. Identify the mechanism(s) by which women will implement those powers and responsibilities

C. Initiate Constitutional Conventions in every U.S. state to pass the amendment(s)

My Passions: Knowledge, networking, clear thinking, clear communication, balance

My Challenges: Finding colleagues, finding income, finding my true spiritual voice

My Vision for the Future: Women, girls, and the Earth relieved of all self-doubts and burdens not of their choosing

My Areas of Expertise: Networking, action-oriented communications, food-and-farm policy, coalition-building

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  • Yvette Warren
    Apr 19, 2014
    Apr 19, 2014

    Hello, Debbie, and welcome to World Pulse. You are now a part of a thriving grassroots network of women leaders and supporters from more than 190 countries. See the Getting Started Guide to learn more about networking in our community:

    Do we really need amendments to our constitution and religious scriptures, or do we need different interpretations of the original documents? I would love being part of re-interpretation efforts.

    I look forward to hearing more of your voice in WorldPulse.

    Blessings. Yvette

  • Debbie Hillman
    Apr 20, 2014
    Apr 20, 2014

    Hi, Yvette --

    Thanks for your welcome message to me, as a new member of World Pulse. I look forward to learning how to use this platform effectively.

    It would be helpful for someone new to World Pulse -- such as myself -- to be able to know who you are. Do you have a profile on World Pulse? A last name? A title? Such information would put us onto more of a peer-to-peer level and more into a real relationship. Such relationship would be helpful before I answer your question about my project proposal.

    However, you may get a clearer idea of my proposal from the edit that I posted today (both on my profile and my first journal entry). Somehow the tagline of my journal got omitted when World Pulse's software posted my first journal entry.

    The tagline is: "Getting specific about "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" -- every meal, every day, every decision, every place, every generation, every species."

    Although the phrase "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is not from the Constitution (it's from the Declaration of Independence), it is the phrase that Americans have grown up with, believe in, and identify with. Obviously, the Constitution's own words -- such as "general welfare" in the Preamble -- need to be fleshed out.

    I will be happy to answer your question more directly once we have an established peer-to-peer relationship. For the record, my proposal says nothing about "religious scriptures" (most of which were also not written by women). I take offense that you would try to re-frame my question even before we have an established relationship. Sorry to be so blunt, but I've come to realize that email communications sometimes requires such clarity. Women's communications also requires such clarity, which is a major attraction to me of World Pulse.

    I look forward to getting to know you and to learn more about your interest in my proposal.

    -- Debbie

  • Michelle Elmquist
    Apr 21, 2014
    Apr 21, 2014

    Hi Debbie,

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