By Brenda Sanders
I went to the meeting of the week, the “US Briefing” only to find Peggy Kerry (John Kerry’s sister) guarding the door. She said that I had to wait outside the building until 1pm and they would come and get me.
She was very put off and asked how I even knew about the event. I told her that I had signed the LIST at the last briefing so I could attend. I went outside and waited. There was no line or other people waiting. After a time I figured I had been duped so I went in and asked another person about the briefing and she asked me what organization I was with and my name. I told her and she said that I was not on the LIST to be admitted. I told her that I had signed the LIST. “Well I can’t find you anywhere,” she replied. I asked her if they were not letting people in that were on the LIST. (She couldn’t say no, because it would have been against the rules). She apologized quickly and said, “of course you can go in”.
I went into the meeting where the women were all conversing with one another. As more women entered they were called by name and known by the others in the room. How did all these people get on the LIST? They weren’t at the meeting where we signed the LIST. Why was my name and others from pro family organizations left off the LIST?
Merle Frank, the ambassador to CSW was there. Susan Rice, also an ambassador came in (with body guards) and told of the great work that she and Obama are doing for women and girls in the US as well as around the world. Tina Chan, of the Office of Public Engagement from the White House spoke. She told of how they are working hard to ratify the CEDAW treaty. She spoke of many other government programs that she and Obama are working on to promote the empowerment of women and the girl child. I won’t list them because it might make your stomach feel like mine.
We were told that Hillary Clinton will be at a Briefing the next Friday and if we wanted to be in that meeting we would need to sign the LIST. Here we go again. Peggy Kerry mentioned that the names and emails on the LIST would need to be sent to Washington to get approved and she would have to see if we are allowed in. OK, I see the writing on the wall. It’s not that I am a criminal or anything. I did get a photo radar ticket awhile back. But then I am pro family, patriot, lover of the constitution person. I’m pretty sure I won’t make the LIST>
I came back from the meeting and opened my email to find that I had received an email at 11 am from the US delegation. It said that they were sorry to inform me but the seats for the briefing had been filled and there was no more room. Remember the Briefing was at 1:30 pm. I had just been at the Briefing and there was extra room. Was I really living in the home of the free and the land of the brave? Or is this even happening? Someone wake me up!