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Don’t Mess With This Bay Area Girl 💪🏽

Posted by Michelle Moquin on July 14th, 2016

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From my neck of the woods. I love this story of strength, on the ball (literally!) and just down right kick ass, courage. A Wonderful Woman of The World in my book.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Nation’s oldest park ranger returns to work after violent attack


Betty Reid Soskin, 94, greets a cousin, Kirk Allen, at the Rosie the Riveter visitor center where she tells visitors about growing up in Richmond.

With her bruises healed and her spirits bolstered by scores of well-wishers, the nation’s oldest park ranger returned to work Tuesday eager to get back to her normal routine after being beaten in her East Bay home two weeks ago by a robber who stole a prize coin given to her by President Obama.

Betty Reid Soskin, 94, was calm and composed as she returned to the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park on Richmond’s waterfront, greeting a crowd of fellow park rangers and volunteers with smiles and hugs as they welcomed her back.

“I don’t think there was any way to prepare myself for this morning,” Soskin told the crowd. “It’s good to see all of you, and to feel the support the community has given me.”

She bristled at being referred to as a victim.


Soskin hugs friends and co-workers as she returns to work after the June 27 attack in her home during which she was beaten and robbed.

The White House is sending a replacement coin to 94-year-old Betty Soskin, who says she hopes she can recover the original from violent home intruder The oldest park ranger in the US suffered a violent home invasion in which the suspect stole a commemorative coin Barack Obama gave to the 94-year-old woman, according to California police.

“I was almost obsessive about not wanting to look like a victim because I didn’t feel like a victim,” Soskin said.


Betty Reid Soskin returns to her job as park ranger at the Rosie the Riveter visitor center in Richmond after the attack June 27.

She recalled going to bed around 11 p.m. on the night of June 26 only to be awakened two hours later by a hooded burglar standing in her bedroom with a flashlight.

She crept out of bed and grabbed her cell phone, but before she could call for help the prowler threw his arms around her and wrestled her phone away. Soskin screamed as the robber dragged her into the hallway and punched her repeatedly in the face. She was able to escape by grabbing his genitals and then running into the bathroom, where she barricaded herself with her feet against the doorway and her back against a cabinet.

She plugged in her iron and had it ready to use as a weapon if he entered the bathroom. She stayed put for about 45 minutes until she was sure he had gone.

“If he had opened the door, I was going to brand him for the police,” Soskin said.


Following the attack, she went to a neighbor’s home to call the police. They have yet to identify the attacker, or recover the commemorative presidential coin Obama gave her.

She said she is nervous about learning the identity of her attacker.

“I almost need him to remain in the shadows,” she said. “I don’t think I want him to become real.”

Public outcry has been swift and widespread since the robbery, with community members and people across the nation offering support to Soskin during her recovery.

The White House has promised to replace the stolen coin, according to Tom Leatherman, the park’s superintendent. More than $50,000 has been raised to help her replace the stolen items, which included her computer and cell phone.

Just as widespread has been admiration for Soskin’s strength in the face of such a brutal assault. It was a feat to keep her away from the park for even two weeks, Leatherman said. She wanted to come back the moment her bruises had faded.

“I still struggle, but I don’t feel as vulnerable as I did,” Soskin said. “I can stay alone.”


Betty Reid Soskin, 94, takes part in TV interview on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at the Rosie the Riveter visitor center in Richmond, California. This is the first time Soskin will be back in the visitor center to conduct her regular ranger program since she was a victim of a home invasion attack on the morning of June 27, 2016

Soskin became a park ranger at the age of 85, a career move inspired in part by her desire to share her own experience of being a young African American woman in Richmond during World War II. She hosts a regular talk, “Of Lost Conversations,” at the park’s visitor center in which she discusses her time as a 20-year-old clerk working in a segregated union hall in Richmond. The city was a shipbuilding center, but she never saw a ship under construction or a ship being launched.

“She doesn’t identify with Rosie the Riveter — a white woman,” said Sue Fritzke, the park’s deputy superintendent. “What she tries to do is flesh out the history, not just of women in World War II, but of African Americans and people with disabilities.”

Since the attack, family and community members, including Soskin’s two sons, have come out in full force to ensure she feels safe in the community. Soskin has had a burglar alarm system installed in her home, where she lives alone.

Victim Witness Assistance Program offered to relocate her after the robbery, but she refused. She said Tuesday that she feels safest in her apartment, where she was known by neighbors and local police.

Soskin is still sleeping with her light on to maintain peace of mind, but on Tuesday she navigated the park center and prepared to interact with visitors without a trace of fear.

“Betty is a woman of resilience,” said her former co-worker Kimiko De Pedro. “She is authentic in how she speaks to the public and that is what makes people connect to her.”


Hello!!…you go girl – grab them balls and squueeeze for dear life!!

Readers: Talk about thinking on you toes. She’s an inspiration. I HOPE I’m as sharp as Soskin when I’m her age.

Thanks to all for the beautiful 9 year wishes – It’s so good to be back here with all of you. So ❤️ much ❤️ love…

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24 Responses to “Don’t Mess With This Bay Area Girl 💪🏽”

  1. Beth Says:

    I am really STEAMED at the rumor that Hillary may pick Tom Vislik for her running mate. As Iowa Governor, Tom Vilsack was a leading advocate for Monsanto, genetic engineering, and factory farming. This is totally against everything I believe in.

    I knew Bernie wasn’t viable and I want to support a woman, but how in my good conscience can I vote for someone who is what I believe in and what I have been rallying against LOUDLY. If she would pick Bernie, she’d have the election in the bag. The #demexit movement is for real and many say they will not vote for Hilary. Trump is scarily ahead in the polls in Florida.

    She will lost many more votes if she picks this man.

    I can understand why many say they just will not vote – both candidates SUCK.

    I don’t know what I’m going to do. I feel like I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t.

  2. Beth Says:

    I just got schooled on FB. If you are thinking like me, I’ll remind you what I was reminded of. This isn’t an election to elect Trump or Clint. It’s who gets to appoint the Supreme Court and how that will play out for the next 30-40 years. For the sake of women, I’ll have to vote for her, but if he’s her running mate, I will be voting for her under protest.

  3. Beth Says:

    one more thing I want to share, check out this 14 year with his WHITE BOY PRIVILEGE poetry slam, about awakening to the fact that the world has set the 14-year-old up to succeed while stacking the deck against women, people of color, and immigrants.


  4. Zen Lill Says:

    Wow what a ballsy woman, and bless her for just going for the gonads! Squeeeze…and back to work at 94, I’m just blown away by her dedication.

    Agree w Alycedale also…great civics lesson yesterday and the gentle handling of the ex…mistakes get made by all of us occasionally and I was surprised at that one but obviously he knows now what he didn’t know then. Great research and explanation.

    It’s quiet here today, haven’t seen it like this since you started up again, Mischa!

    When are the aliens going to show up? I miss that interaction…

  5. Judy Says:

    Beth#1, This election is about more than just Hilary. It is about what kind of country this will be for he next 40 years. Hilary will be appointing at least one and perhaps 3 justices to the SCOTUS.

    If the republicans win, and they get to make those appointments you and your descendent will regret it for decades. Staying home is not an option because this election is not about just Hilary it is about taking back the Senate and the House.

    People like you who stayed home during the Mid Term elections gave the House and the Senate to the republicans and look how that played out.

    Obama couldn’t get a single helpful piece of legislation passed. You can bet that the republicans will be at the polls and counting on sentiment like yours.

  6. Monica Says:

    Love this story. It is a shame that the world is full of low lifes like the creep who attacked Ms. Soskin.

    I guess your blog is back to the same Michelle. Regulars get in while some of us have to continue posting until it takes.

    Hopes this does.

  7. Owen Says:

    Beth#1, I can’t believe that you would consider staying home with all that is at stake in this election. Have you heard that the next president will fill the vacant on the Supreme Court?

    Between you and the Dougs of this country, it is a wonder America has made the progress it has.

  8. Jackie Says:

    Beth#1, somehow I suspect you are a republican troll attempting to keep dems from the polls. First the ex governor of Iowa’s name is Tom Visack and he is the current 30th Secretary of Agriculture.

  9. Helena 1 Says:

    Beth#1, while I agree with you about Vilsack, I don’t agree that a sane Democrat would stay home during this election.

    Yes, Monsanto owns the patents on over 11,000 seeds, is propped up by massive farm subsidies and has a legal team on standby, 24/7, to haul small farmers into court to sue the second one of Monsanto’s seeds blows into their feeds.

    Our only choice is to seek out organic foods as much as possible because we won’t be allowed to grow them ourselves much longer.

    That is unless we work to unstack our government of industry insiders. That starts with SCOTUS. Get out and a vote and for god’s sake take someone with you.

  10. Brenda Says:

    The Park Rangers would lose a valuable contributor to information about what it was like to be a black woman during her times.

    As a black woman, I am very happy to see her back. I brought my 4 children(3 daughters) to hear her a few times. My husband who is jewish says he didn’t know that it was that bad.

    No one does because it is very difficult to believe the depths of depravity white america has stooped to during the times when there was no justice for OTWs in this country.

  11. Carlos Says:

    Beth#1, It is well known that Monsanto’s goal is to

    corrupt the entire gene pool through cross-pollination with their transgenic crops so that the debate will be over. There will be no place where these GMO crops will not have invaded.

    Look what happened to the corn in Mexico grown for centuries, with many different heirloom varieties, all now polluted with Monsanto’s GMO corn. The corn that was grown since before the Conquistadors arrived is now tainted with Monsanto’s patented GMO corn rubbish.

    This is Monsanto’s stated goal.

    The democrats’ stated goal is to keep the White House and to take back the Congress and the Supreme Court.

    That can’t be done if people like you advocate staying home. If Paul Ryan can tell the republicans that it is a choice between Trump and Clinton and better Trump than Clinton, then I think that would have been enough to clue you in on what you have to do to prevent that creep Trump from becoming our 45th.

  12. Juan Says:

    Beth#1, women like you are always complaining about how men treat you. But when you get a chance to put a female in power, you always find a reason to allow a man to win.

    If you allow it again, then just shut the fuck up and take it up the ass. Men are just smarter. No amount of negativism will deter a man from voting for the male candidate, trump.

    Get your head screwed on darling or shut the fuck up when we men tell you what to do with your bodies. You would have obviously shown that you are not mature enough to make that decision for yourself.

  13. Perry Says:

    I was very pleased with your answer yesterday, Michelle. I was less pleased that your ex, didn’t have the balls to comment.

  14. Josie Says:

    I agree with you Zen Lill#4, Michelle was appropriately gentle with Doug, and he must know now what he didn’t know then.

    I too was surprised with Doug’s jump to advise that Rand Paul’s blatant political spill had any virtuous merit.

    I will also say that I learned a great deal from Michelle discourse. It was a gentle civics lesson for us all.

  15. Alycedale Says:

    Okay folks if you are going to jump down someone’s throat(Beth#1), it might behoove you to read the entire stream concerning the person before you leap.

    If you notice at #2, Beth (forgive them my lady) said that she had been schooled on FB about the importance of this election and SCOTUS. She said that she would be voting for Hilary under protest.

    Considering that Vilsack is a sack of shit for Monsanto, she has a very good point.

    And Juan#12, obviously you have an ass fetish. I wonder who sweetened your so well that it keeps you preoccupied so?

  16. John Says:

    Beth#2, That kid was a fucking jew. The bullshit he was saying about white people is exactly why I am voting for Trump.

  17. Tom Says:

    I’m sick of women on this blog claiming they are hurt by men. You women are the most pandered to gender.

    It is not men’s fault that you feel you need us in power to keep your whoring asses in line.

  18. Elliot Says:

    Beth#2, thanks for the link. I read some of the comments. White folk certainly hate to admit they are privileged. I guess that think about racism being a mental illness is true.

  19. Herman Says:

    John#16, LSOS like you can’t even be honest when you have found a candidate who embodies your every dream.

    You are voting for trump because you are a racist white boy. You don’t want to share the wealth and opportunities of this country with white women and OTWs on an equal basis.

    That is why you are voting for trump in a nutshell.

  20. Health Info Says:

    In this heat, you need to make sure you do two things:
    Stay hydrated.
    Stay nourished.
    Staying hydrated is pretty straightforward: Drink plenty of water.

    Staying nourished, on the other hand, is a little trickier when you’re exerting yourself…

    You need to make sure you’re getting the right carbs, fats, proteins, electrolytes… and all sorts of other things to support your body.

    And that can be pretty complicated — which is why I’m making it deliciously simple for you right now!

    From me to you on this hot summer day… Here’s the simple, easy recipe for my favorite recovery smoothie!

    Dr. Amy Lee’s Summer Recovery Smoothie

    This smoothie has all the most important things you need to refresh and restore your body after you put it to work in the heat:
    Electrolytes from coconut water and bananas.
    Protein, fats, and omega 3 from flax, almond butter, and avocado.
    Restorative carbohydrates (the right kind) and fiber from whole fruit and green leafy vegetables.
    Important micronutrients from pretty much every ingredient.

    1 cup no-sugar-added coconut water
    ¼ avocado
    ½ banana
    ¼ cup ground flaxseed
    1 tablespoon almond butter
    ½ cup frozen or fresh pineapple
    ½ cup frozen or fresh strawberries
    2 cups spinach

    Add the spinach to a blender, followed by all the other ingredients

    Blend until smooth. If it’s too chunky, thin it out with a little water, but let me make a quick case for keeping it thick:
    A study just published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking thicker shakes or smoothies can actually leave you feeling 5 times as full as thinner drinks.1

    If you worked your body extra hard… add half a scoop of your favorite protein powder and double the coconut water.

    I hope you love this smoothie as much as I do. There is nothing I enjoy more after a workout. In fact, sometimes, I exercise just so I have an excuse to drink it!

    So, enjoy your exercise, enjoy the smoothie, and have a fantastic rest of your day!

    Stay healthy,

  21. Move On member Says:

    Donald Trump just selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence for vice president.1 And that means that the next five days could be the most important of Trump’s entire campaign.

    You see, Republicans want to use Gov. Pence to make it seem like Trump is prepared to govern. Pence was in Congress for 10 years, was the 4th highest ranking member in House leadership, and has been the governor of Indiana since 2013.

    What Republicans don’t want people to know is that Gov. Pence is one of the most extreme right-wing politicians in America.

    Pence signed the notorious “license to discriminate” bill allowing businesses to deny service to LGBT people.2 He’s so extreme on abortion that he voted for legislation that would give personhood rights to embryos and defund Planned Parenthood.3

    He even compared Obamacare to the 9/11 attacks and threatened to block Hurricane Katrina reconstruction unless it was offset by cuts to Medicare, the National School Lunch Program, and PBS.4,5

  22. Izzy Says:

    Zen Lill#4, just to assist your UFO sweet tooth.

    The UFO footage NASA doesn’t want you to see


  23. Beth Says:

    Alycedale #15. Thanks for the support. It’s a rough crowd!

  24. Michelle Moquin's "A day in the life of…" » Blog Archive » This ‘n That Chitchat Says:

    […] Beth: First of all, wow! Thank you for posting. I don’t care if he’s jewish. Everyone could learn something from this kid. I HOPE his words go far and inspire the youth and the adults. Which Hellooo…It’s amazing the vitriolic attacks posted toward him on youtube. Although sadly, not surprising since he isn’t white, but jeez he’s just a 14-year old kid. Another example of what OTWs have to endure that white privilege doesn’t. […]