Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I-Team: National Guard Rape Reporting, Punishment Varies From State to State

The I-Team has uncovered what really happens to those accused of raping or sexually assaulting their fellow soldier -- and one member of Congress says the National Guard isn't doing enough to protect victims.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

ACT Now! Stand for PFC LaVena Lynn Johnson

Today, we honor our daughter and warrior LaVena Lynn Johnson. She would have been 30 years old today. Please take a moment to meditate on her. Let LOVE reverberate throughout today, through pain, let us remember all the joy, hope, and goodness that she gave when she was here with us. WE LOVE YOU LaVena!!!! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

CNN reports, "For years, former POW Jessica Lynch kept the hurt inside....."

For 12 years, Lynch never saw a mental health professional. She rethought that as the anniversary of her capture approached this March and she was unable to will her way out of depression.
"I put up this wall, this barrier, it was my way of dealing with things," she said. "In the beginning, I was able to block everybody out, whereas now it's getting harder ... to deal with."
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My heart goes out to Jessica and I wish her the best!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thought for the day...

Thought for the day... "White Buffalo Prophecy"

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This Prophecy of the White Buffalo has been kept within our Magaska Ptesan Wicoti, Hinhan Wicasa Oyate for more than 160 years.


My father was named Mato Gi, Brown Bear,by his Grandfather Tipi Sapa,Black Lodge after his elder brother, Mato Gi, who rode the Bay Horse, Eagle Claws, and slayed the White Buffalo Bull, as prophesied.

Tipi Sapa,Philip Deloria received his name from his father,Hinhan Wicasa, Owl Man, after a life changing Vision Hinhan Wicasa received as young man of 17 years at Medicine Butte, near what is now Pierre, South Dakota.My Uncle Vine Deloria Jr. describes this Vision, in detail, in his book, Singing for A Spirit,

My Grandfather Vine Deloria Sr, my Uncle Wilfred Cadotte told me this prophecy often, as well as my father, Mato Gi. I heard my father speak on several occasions about this Prophecy with his Elder Brother Henry Spotted Eagle and others when we visited Ihanktowan Territory over the years

Strangely, my 14 year old son was given the name Mato Gi by his grandfather before he died in 2004. It turns out the latest generation of our Oyate, who carries the name ,Mato Gi, was born on August 27, 2000, before the White Buffalo Day was declared to be August 27.

That is why I decided to share the White Buffalo Prophecy today, August 27, 2014. The time for the fulfillment of this Sacred Prophecy of the White Buffalo is now!

My Uncle Vine Deloria Jr. briefly mentions this story of the White Buffalo Prophecy of the Magaska Ptesan Wicoti ,Hinhan Wicasa Oyate, Ikanktonwan Oceti Sakowin in his book, Singing for a Spirit.

Many relatives are the direct carriers of the promises of this sacred Prophecy that was fulfilled by Mato Gi', the Bay Horse, Eagle Claws through the spiritual training and guidance of Hinhan Wicasa!

The Hereditary Chieftainship of Hinhan Wicasa was passed on to Tipi Sapa.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: On July 16, 1862, Ida Bell Wells was born.

Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, and an early leader in the civil rights movement. 

On February 1, 1990, the United States Postal Service issued a 25 cent postage stamp in her honor. In 2002, Molefi Kete Asante listed Wells on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans. 

Happy Birthday Ida, may your legacy continue to inspire future generations to come.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Leaked Document: Nearly One-Third Of 847,000 Veterans In Backlog For VA Health Care Already Died

WASHINGTON -- More than 238,000 of the 847,000 veterans in the pending backlog for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs have already died, according to an internal VA document provided to The Huffington Post.
Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA's Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta and apast whistleblower on the VA's failings, provided HuffPost with an April 2015 report titled "Analysis of Death Services," which reviews the accuracy of the VA's veteran death records. The report was conducted by staffers in the VA Health Eligibility Center and the VA Office of Analytics.
Flip to page 13 and you'll see some stark numbers. As of April, there were 847,822 veterans listed as pending for enrollment in VA health care. Of those, 238,657 are now deceased, meaning they died after they applied for, but never got, health care.
Full article:

Monday, July 13, 2015

Life after the Military...

Since the release of my memoir, I’ve been asked by a number of journalists, “What have your life been like since your discharge?” 

Today of all days I decided to answer that question, as I continue to reflect on the events that changed my life, 7 years ago, today…  On July 13th, 2008, I was released from Miramar Brig after serving 50 days of a 60 day prison sentence.  Before my trial, I was facing a possible 16 year prison sentence.  I recall the morning of my release, feeling like a zombie as I sat with my command escort at the McDonalds on base.  Savoring the aroma of fresh brewed coffee. The moment felt surreal.  

Throughout my officer career, I never tried relate to the junior personnel who would return back to work after a brief sentencing at the brig.  Their infractions were so minor that their punishment never warranted imprisonment, in most cases for 30 days or longer.  Now that I’m out of the military, I see how the military’s justice system mimic’s that of our society.   But what I find to be most disturbing is that senior Pentagon officials are condoning sexual violence against women, as well as members of the LGBT community.  It is no secret!!

I’m no stranger to Civil or Human Rights violations, which is the only legal terminology to describe how my superiors treated me, along with thousands of other veterans.

After a morning of self-reflection in one of the most sacred burial sites in Georgia, camouflaged as a State Park, I came to understand why I had to go through that experience during that phase of my life.  It was to make me stronger and to prepare me for what lies ahead.

I know God is not done with me and quite frankly, I think God is just getting started with me.  

When I went to the Post Office this afternoon, I received the certificate of registration for my memoir, Broken Silence.  Talk about when one door closes, another one opens!

Instead of reflecting on the traumatic events of my life, today I choose to celebrate new beginnings.  And I have a special message to my fellow veterans (victims), who are survivors of Civil Rights and Human Rights violations, “This too shall pass!!!” 

If I can forgive them for their transgressions, so can you!!!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

THIS IS DISTURBING!!!!!!!!! Preying on PTSD: VA Medical Center Covers Up Medical Professional’s Sexual Misconduct

Kansas City, MO – The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has found themselves in the midst of yet another scandal. According to breaking news reports out of Kansas City, a physicians assistant formerly licensed by the state of Kansas and employed by the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas has surrendered his license following allegations that he has sexually abused at least seven different veterans.

The medical professional in question, Mark E. Wisner, PhD, P.A., is a retired major in the Kansas National Guard and is facing felony and misdemeanor charges for a variety of medical improprieties that range from sexual propositions and molestation of male veterans suffering from post traumatic stress to, in one case, allegedly attempting to sodomize an unconscious male veteran seeking treatment.

According to a source close to one of the victims, Wisner specifically targeted veterans who were suffering from post-traumatic stress or otherwise seemed to be in a place of vulnerability. The source, who asked to remain anonymous, said, “In one instance, he reviewed a male veteran’s medical records without authorization, discovered he had disclosed childhood sexual trauma to his therapist in an earlier appointment, and then proceeded to molest him multiple times under the guise of a testicular examination that turned out to be completely medically irrelevant. As a medical professional, he betrayed the inherent trust given to him by his patients.” According to records released by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA), there are seven veterans in total who have come forward, but several more who are starting to come forward since the original story broke.

In addition to the illegal activities that Wisner has been accused of, the VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas has reportedly made repeated efforts to sweep the allegations under the rug. The first victim to come forward filed a report with the Veterans Administration Police on February 22nd, 2014. The police turned the matter over to administrators at the hospital, but Wisner was allowed to continue practicing medicine at the VA Medical Center until April when another veteran came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.

But instead of reporting him to the KSBHA, Dr. Wisner was allowed to resign and continue practicing medicine in Holt, Kansas for nearly another year, as well as maintaining a license as a substitute teacher at the local school district in his hometown. It wasn’t until February 10th, 2015 that the mounting allegations resulted in Wisner surrendering his medical license indefinitely. The Leavenworth VA Medical Center never reported the improprieties to the KSBHA. Local reporters who have attempted to attain statements from the VA on the matter have been met with intimidation in an attempt to keep a story from developing.

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The Guardian reports: The accidental mentor: why we should all help other women climb the ladder...

It’s a myth that women don’t help other women: mentoring and sponsoring play a huge role in the modern workplace
Despite recent reports to the contrary, the myth of the queen bee who fails to help other women in the workplace continues to resurface. I’ve had no experience of other women, or indeed men, “doing me wrong” at work. It always pains me to hear internalised misogyny and complaints about women not being good leaders or managers. Sure, I’ve experienced dreadful bosses, most of them men, some of them women, but it’s a people thing, not a woman thing. People can be wholly unsupportive and difficult to work for, no matter who they are.
In reality, far from being in it just for themselves, a huge number of successful women are helping other women climb the career ladder. Mentoring and sponsoring are the buzzwords of modern business.
There’s a distinction to be made here: a mentor encourages and supports someone in their existing role, whereas a sponsor bigs them up to others.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

MarineTimes reports: Controversy surrounds firing of Marines' female recruit battalion CO

Members of 4th Recruit Training Battalion, fire during rifle marksmanship training at
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.
 (Photo: Cpl. Octavia Davis/Marine Corps)

A Marine officer who led the service's only all-female recruit battalion was fired amid complaints of a toxic leadership environment — but her supporters say she was only trying to make the unit better by holding women to tougher standards.

Lt. Col. Kate Germano, the former commanding officer of 4th Recruit Training Battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, was found to be "hostile, unprofessional and abusive," according to a command investigation obtained by Marine Corps Times. She was relieved for cause on June 30 by Brig. Gen. Terry Williams, Parris Island's commanding general.

But officers who served with her say she was a blunt reformer who spearheaded efforts to improve recruit training regardless of gender, and that a vocal minority in the battalion undercut her achievements. Germano's tactics, for example, dramatically improved range qualification rates for female recruits.

The ensuing controversy, some say, provides a glimpse into an ongoing struggle to establish equal standards for male and female Marines at the Corps' East Coast recruit depot. Now Germano is petitioning lawmakers for redress, saying she was treated unjustly by base leadership. Germano declined to provide additional details about those efforts, due to concerns about protected communications to Congress.

Williams cited a poor command climate and the loss of trust and confidence in Germano's ability to serve in command, according to a statement that was provided to Marine Corps Times. The command investigation, completed June 25 and obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, states that Germano displayed "toxic leadership" by publicly berating and showing contempt for subordinates, bullying Marines and singling them out for under-performance.

On one occasion, the investigation found, she made comments during a sexual assault prevention brief that female Marines interpreted as victim-blaming, leading some to testify that it would make them feel less comfortable reporting a sexual assault within the command. 

Germano also "reinforced gender bias and stereotypes" in the minds of her Marines by telling them on several occasions that male Marines would not take orders from them and would see them as inferior if they could not meet men's physical standards, the investigation found.

The nearly 300-page document included more than two dozen partially redacted interviews and written statements from Marines at Parris Island and within Germano's unit.

It also included the results of a Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute command climate survey taken by 64 members of the battalion in April. The survey found that nearly half of respondents thought the unit did not promote a climate based on respect and trust, and nearly 20 percent of respondents believed the unit did not create an environment where victims would feel comfortable reporting a sexual assault.

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Food for thought:  At the end of the day, despite the controversy surrounding Germano's "failed" leadership, which in my view stems from the Pentagon, our girls need to be trained effectively.    Who is more qualified to train them but someone who have survived the trenches and the abuse from men all throughout her career.  She was simply preparing these young girls for the reality of  warfare within the ranks.  I've been throughout it and even wrote a book about it, but the mistreatment of our women will not change until Congress takes our complaints seriously.  

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Thought for the day...

So Afraid of Y’all

© 2015 Sy’needa Penland

Lives are never lost
without a reason.
To shoot a black man
in America
is open season.

So much hate
for a man’s soul
can make a gun-toting fool
feel bold.

Pow!    Pow!    Pow!

Lights out nigger,
as I slowly pull the trigger,
this is for my Pappy!

Pow!    Pow!    Pow!

Lights out nigger,
as I slowly pull the trigger,
this is for my Paw!

Pow!    Pow!    Pow!

Lights out nigger,
as I slowly pull the trigger,
this is for my insanity!
Cause I’m so afraid of Y’all.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Thought for the day...

No More Fighting For Liberation
©  2015  Sy’needa Penland

When the Supreme Court
Delivered its verdict,
I said “Glory hallelujah,
The LBGT community deserves it!!

No more fighting for liberation
For the entire LBGT nation.

As they begin their weekend celebration,
Giving praise to the LBGT nation,
Let us raise a toast to their celebration!

As we join in celebration
Of their liberation,
Over the entire Nation,
Praise be unto thee.

Their anguished souls
Are set free!
Glory be to God
For their victory!!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

A Special Dedication to our Beloved Mother Earth

Earth, I Love Her
© 2015  Sy’needa Penland

So vast is her beauty,
So deep is her depths,
The essence of life
is within her every breath 

How sweet her songs,
How she radiates
All day long.

How somber she sleeps,
From her oceans she weeps;
Calming her core
From her mountainous peaks.

I love her!

Creator of all things,
Mother of all beings,
Ruler of her skies,
From the universe she brings;

And pain!

Healing her wombs 
With her Earthly rains
As she cleanse our souls
Thus once again.

I love her!