Blog: News Update – July 12, 2018

Blog: News Update - July 12, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

President Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.   His name was recently added to the list of handpicked conservative candidates that Trump touted during the presidential campaign.

Concern for the rights of women and the health of Roe versus Wade are a major concern.  A Washington Post article emphasized the glee expressed by the religious right when this announcement was made and included a statement by the RCRC.  Mollie Katz (RCRC Communications Director) clearly summarized RCRC’s views about pregnant people making their own decisions based on their own conscience and their diverse religious beliefs regarding abortion.  RCRC origins in the Clergy Consultation Service were mentioned as an example of how clergy have reacted to restrictive laws in the past.

It is important to review Kavanaugh’s record regarding the separation of government and church.  His record is consistently in favor of religious institutions.  “He thinks asking for government neutrality when it comes to religion is the equivalent of pushing atheism on everybody. Even though nobody is telling people to stop believing in God.

Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS Nomination is Bad News for Church/State Separation

According to Laura Meckler of The Washington Post, “Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, has defended the use of taxpayer money for religious schools and backed student-led prayers at high school football games, siding with religious interests in the debate over government entanglement with religion.”

Kavanaugh Record Suggests He Would Favor Religious Interests in School Debates

It is clear that we are up against a huge redefinition of religious freedom.  The continued weakening of the separation of church and state threatens individual rights and the freedoms we have long cherished as American citizens.  The unintended consequences of diminishing these rights is frightening and will negatively impact everyone: those of all or any faith or of no particular faith.

Continue to reach out to your representatives about your fears regarding these changes and be on the alert for demonstrations by going to the CORCRC Facebook page for announcements.

 

Legislation Update

The State Human Services Board voted last Friday to increase cash assistance by 10 percent! This increase—the first in nearly a decade– is a huge win for low-income families that are participating in CO Works.

The hearing lasted 5 hours with testimony from families and their children and many advocate groups and individuals.  Congratulations to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy for orchestrating this meaningful success. To stay involved and informed of these issues join the AFDC email list, email Chaer Robert at AFDCCoalition@gmail.com and ask to be included.

Points of Interest

Federal judge Dana Sabraw ordered the federal government to reunite all children under five separated from their parents at the U.S. southern border with their parents by Tuesday, July 10, and all remaining children by July 26.  That mandate was not met.

Because President Trump’s inhumane “zero tolerance” policy was implemented impulsively with no consideration to consequences of the separation of families, the chaotic situation continues.  The inadequate record keeping is making the reunification of families difficult to impossible.

Fortunately we can rely on the ACLU to defend the rights of immigrants and it is important that we continue to let our representatives know that this abhorrent policy must end and that the Department of Homeland Security must be held accountable.

Immigrants and/or assylum seekers in detention cannot get released
from ICE until they pay a bond set at a minimum of $1500.  To assist those families go to RAICES.

Women Must Unite for the Right to Abortion is an International Issue

Abortion laws in Latin America show what the US could look like in a world without Roe v. Wade.

“Rich women have abortion; poor women die,” said Avila-Guillen, citing a common saying among activists in Latin America. “At the end of the day, women will always have abortions. It’s just a matter of deciding how.”

Upcoming Events

July

July 20: Update Your Lobbying Skills

Members of NCJW and CORCRC:

Given events in Washington and to prepare for the legislative session in Colorado, the NCJW Political Advocacy Committee is planning a refresher program on the art of lobbying, at Temple Emanuel on Friday, July 20, at 10:30 am.

One of our shared members, Gail deVore, will talk to us about what she found effective in her experience lobbying in the area of health care; and Betty Ann Boyd, Chair of CORCRC, and a former CO. legislator, having represented HD 26 in Lakewood from 2001-2006 and SD 21 in Lakewood from 2006-2012, will share her recommendations.

Gail will present advocacy from a consumer, citizen perspective and Betty will discuss how to impact the legislative process.

We’ll also review how to follow CO legislation as it works its way through the legislature, and brainstorm about what each of you is comfortable doing.

Our meeting will be fun and prepare us to be more effective advocates as we deal with the important political issues facing us, both on the state and federal levels.

Please let me know if you will be attending since I’ll be purchasing coffee and bagels. We can’t think if we’re not eating!!  If you have friends who would like to become more active politically and work with us, please invite them to join us. Respond to mhelfant@comcast.net

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