Blog: News Update – August 23, 2018
Dear Friend of CORCRC,
A Case of Accountability Delayed: By now you are aware of the explosive news that occurred on Tuesday: Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, was found guilty of eight counts of tax and bank fraud and the President’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen plead guilty to breaking campaign finance laws under the direction of Mr. Trump. At this time the President and his team are referring to Manafort as ‘a good man’ and claim that Cohen is a liar. Everyone is talking about this except the President’s Party. It is our job to make sure that silence is not acceptable.
Transparency and accountability are two sides of the same coin. Each depends on the other to achieve truth and establish trust. We are being bombarded by truths that can only shake our confidence in established institutions. The conviction of many members of the President’s team was almost overshadowed by the exposure of the Catholic Church’s systematic child abuse. The Pennsylvania
Supreme Court reported the results of an 18 month long investigations into Catholic clerical sex abuse of minors. The document names at least 300 priests accused of child sex abuse by more than 1,000 victims throughout the state. A big culprit in this ongoing criminal behavior is the lack of transparency practiced by the church. It is our job to make sure that silence and cover-up are not acceptable.
Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Report says – New York Times
CORCRC is concerned about transparency in all of our institutions. The list includes medical services, pharmaceutical firms, police departments among many other agencies and institutions. We know it is to our benefit to pressure organizations to be transparent.
Public cynicism is running high. Yet, these exposures speak well for our systems. The press (despite the President’s disparaging ‘fake news’ claims) is doing the job of digging for the truth and connecting the dots. The courts and justice system, clearly less than perfect, strives to sustain justice. It is important to acknowledge that power often does corrupt and that the best way to avoid that imperative is to have systems in place that enforce transparency and accountability. And the public, we, are organizing to insure the government and corporations abide by the rule of law and promote human rights. The Black Lives Matter and the #Me Too Movements are just two bright examples of grass roots activities that are preserving social norms that we can be proud of. Despair is not an option. It is our job to demand transparency and accountability of our leaders and the actions of the institutions that impact our lives.
MEET CORCRC’s Outreach TEAM
Great strides are needed to activate people of faith who are supportive of reproductive rights, health and access. To make sure that our strength is maximized, CORCRC now has 3 outreach workers. You have met Tatiana Lopez, located in Grand Junction. She is energizing university students as well as residents concerned about reproductive health and the separation of church and state. Betty Fields is a natural organizer and is activating the Colorado Springs community. Her entire career has been focused on fighting for the rights of the underserved. Betty’s campaign for Congressional District 5, in Colorado, was based on seeking justice for women, immigrants, the poor, and minorities. Rev. Aline Silva will be heading up Clergy Outreach. She is the youngest female pastor to lead a church in the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains. Her energy and positive approach is certainly going to have a positive effect on faith communities willingness to focus on reproductive rights and the separation of church and state. Go to our website for more details about these dynamic women and let them know your ideas to promote reproductive rights in Colorado.
Betty Field, Community Organizer for Colorado Springs
Rev. Aline Silva, Clery Outreach
Take Note: This election each of us will be presented with a complex ballot. Look for Amendments Y and Z with proposals critical to voting rights. Amendments Y and Z propose an independent commission with balanced representation (4 Democrats, 4 Republicans and 4 Independents) to decide the geographical designation of voting districts.
Points of Interest
Beware of politicians who seem to be outspoken in their points of disagreement from Trump in public, but tell GOP donors something else. Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado has “broken from Trump on immigration” but recently spoke at a fundraiser and called for zero-tolerance policies and for allowing Trump to rewrite DACA. Democrats, including Coffman’s challenger, Jason Crow, have said Coffman’s words contradict his image as a bipartisan leader on immigration reform.
Those paying attention to the fight for religious freedom and the separation of church and state should take note of the Satanic Temple’s actions at the Arkansas Capitol Building last week. In a challenge to the (re)placement of a Ten Commandments statue on the Capitol lawn, the Satanic Temple is attempting to also place a statue of Baphomet, a winged goat figure, on the same lawn in order to demonstrate equal protection. They held a rally at the Capitol last weekend, where they unveiled the statue.
Members of the Satanic Temple use Satanic imagery in an effort to make the case for free speech and equal representation. They have also offered legal challenges to abortion-restricting laws, claiming that restricting abortion is against their religious beliefs.
Saturday, August 25
Join Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice in preparing for the Unite for Justice event at the State Capital on Aug. 26th by making posters, arranging transportation, and enjoying the company of others passionate about ensuring the continued access to women’s healthcare! #StopKavanaugh
*Markers and some poster board will be provided, but feel free to bring your own as well.
832 Village Center Dr.
Colorado Springs, Co.
Sunday, August 26 – United for Justice #StopKavanaugh Demonstration
West Steps of the Capitol from 12-2pm – Denver, CO
Make sure that Congress knows not to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh for a lifelong appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Join with CORCRC supporters on the patio of the Baptist Church on the corner of Grant and 14th. Grab a sign. Meet you at 11:30 a.m.
August 30 – Grand Junction
September 23 – Introduction to CORCRC
Get to know CORCRC and Betty Field, CORCRC’s new Outreach Worker
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
10:30 am Service
730 N Tejon.
Downtown Colorado Springs
September 24 – Washington’s War on Women’s Rights
The Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (CORCRC) invites you to a private gathering with the Honorable Congresswoman Diana DeGette. She will talk about the daunting challenges in our country and in Congress regarding women’s reproductive rights and the confusion about religious freedom.
As this will be a small gathering there will be time for questions and discussion
Food and drink will be provided.
To register and donate the $100 per person to CORCRC, please go to Eventbrite or send your check to P.O. Box 102464, Denver, Co. 80250. For a donation of $150 per person you will be recognized as a CORCRC Patron and have a photo taken with Representative DeGette. Register early as space is limited.
Date: Monday, September 24th, 2018
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The event will be held in SE Denver. For security reasons details about the hosts and location will be identified upon registration.
Join us for an exciting evening with two dynamic faith leaders who address the changing attitude of the church towards women’s roles and rights. Monique Moultrie, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University, is the author of the new book Passionate and Pious: Religious Media and Black Women’s Sexuality. Rebecca Todd Peters, Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University is the author of Trust Women, A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice. Join in the discussion and explore how women’s voices are creating change in faith communities.
Date: November 16th
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Light Refreshments Served
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