Blog: News Update – November 15, 2018
Dear Friend of CORCRC,
Optimism is in the air and rightfully so. Our new Governor, Jared Polis, identifies himself as a pragmatist, capitalist and a person of faith. The state elected officials and many of our Congressional Representatives are ‘Blue’. As relieved and excited as I am, it is important that we avoid the seduction of hubris and over-confidence that can easily lead to apathy. The election results revealed another characteristic of the Colorado public: the majority of the voters are resistant to any tax increases. Perhaps the long list of requests for money on the ballot was visually overwhelming.
Let us re-examine the fiscal needs of our growing state with a realistic and generous perspective. It would be helpful if state representatives would look at ways to provide more than adequate financial support to teachers and the educational systems assist those who need mental and physical health services and address the need to reinforce our infra-structure. The newly elected Attorney General, Phil Weiser, has pledged to hold greedy pharmaceutical firms accountable for contributing to the horrific numbers of those addicted to opioids. The time is now for us to encourage legislators to create ways of reducing the negative impact of Tabor.
Yes, much of the Blue Wave in Colorado can be attributed to the growing distrust and lack of confidence in President Trump and especially for women the distressing Kavanaugh nomination procedures motivated political action. It is important for each of us to pay attention to the consistent efforts by the President and his administration to consistently erode our rights and access to services.
We must continue to monitor and fight to expand access to all health and social services, put justice in the justice system, and insist on equity and respect for all members of our society. Our work is cut out for us in the next two years and we can be successful together.
Progressive Faith Values Drive Betty Boyd’s Politics
Do you ever wonder if the values you’ve gleaned from your faith can really carry over into elections? Based on her work as a Colorado state legislator and a leader in Colorado RCRC, Betty Boyd seems sure that they do.
The experience that best prepared Boyd to run for office was an eight-year stint running the Colorado public policy office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In that post, she articulated the Lutheran social justice agenda, based on theology and the Bible, to influence lawmakers’ decisions on issues such as health, poverty and the environment.
Knowledge of those issues later informed her own work as a legislator, serving in the Colorado House and Senate from 2001 – 2012 and chairing the Health and Human Services Committee in both chambers. Boyd also earned a reputation as a “champion for choice,” strongly supporting legislation such as a law requiring emergency contraception to be provided in hospital emergency rooms for survivors of sexual assault.
Since term limits ended her time in office, being active in Colorado RCRC is one way she’s continued advocating for religiously-based pro-choice beliefs.
Vote Your Own Values
“Voters need to think about their own values and the fact that if they don’t vote, then their values aren’t being represented That should create an especially strong motivation to vote,” Boyd said.
“People need to understand how important their voting is, what a large responsibility it is,” she said. “It determines so much of how we live and how our neighbors live. As people of faith, I would hope we’re aiming to elect people that have concern for the common good.”
Having experienced many elections, Boyd has clear views about the kind of information voters should rely on. “Campaign commercials and the latest sound bite simply aren’t enough,” she said.
Reviewing candidates’ websites, posing questions to their campaign office staff and looking up incumbent legislators’ voting records on statehouse websites are much better sources, Boyd believes.
In this year’s midterms Boyd is referring to another trusted Colorado resource — the state Blue Book — issued to all voters with background on judges seeking retention and on Colorado’s 13 statewide ballot initiatives this year. Many other states also offer similar resources.
However, she recommends paying attention to politics and policy not just in election seasons. Year round, she said, elected officials’ regular town hall meetings are a good way to get to know the issues and the office holder.
A Representative Government
Looking broadly at this year’s midterms, Boyd’s thoughts again returned to the connection between faith and politics.
“I think it’s especially significant that there are so many more women running this year,” she said. As people of faith, I believe we need to be paying attention to all people. We’re all equal in God’s eyes. It’s time the elected government was a better reflection of the people.”
Reach out to all Elected Representatives: Use CORCRC’s art cards to congratulate and let the new and re-elected reps that we are counting on them to support reproductive rights and access to comprehensive health care—including abortion. Choose a card (one of four) to let Senator Cory Gardner know that his stand on reproductive rights challenges his re-election. Make sure all officials know that ‘we won’t go back’ by sending them a card commemorating a woman who unnecessarily died before Roe v Wade was law.
Art Cards designed by Daisy Patton that show four portraits of women who died having abortions before Roe v. Wade are now available at CORCRC events and can be ordered by mail. These cards declare that We Can’t Go Back and are to be sent to any person – especially elected officials- who questions the need to preserve reproductive rights. For ordering information go to: https://corcrc.org
Points of Interest:
Why Religion? by Elaine Pagels is a very personal answer to the question “why is religion still around in the twenty-first century?” Just as the media influences our every pore, Pagels acknowledges the impact of religion: “Although I wasn’t a traditional believer and didn’t take such stories literally, somehow their premises had shaped my unconscious assumptions.”
Cheers to the New Mexico RCRC Affiliate and their interfaith colleagues for working together to support women who need abortions! – Read about it here.
November 16 – “In Our Own Words: Women, Religion and Choice”
Two nationally known authors will discuss their books and abortion rights from their faith perspective: Passionate and Pious:Passionate and Pious: Religious Media and Black Women’s Sexuality, Monique Moultrie and Trust Women: A Progressive Argument for Reproductive Justice, Rebecca Todd Peters. See full flyer below – click to get pdf version to print and share.
National RCRC and Iliff are co-hosts with CORCRC. The event is free.
Refreshments and wine served
Location: Iliff School of Theology
Registration required – ownwords.eventbrite.com
CORCRC’s Vice President, Savita Ginde, will be one of the 12-featured speakers at TEDxCherryCreekWomen 2018 on Friday, Nov. 30, from noon to 8:30 p.m. at the Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale. Tickets on sale now at tedxcherrycreek.com/tedxccw18.
Savita’s book, The Real Cost of Fake News: The Hidden Truth Behind the Planned Parenthood Video Scandal is now available.
December 1 – Save the Date. Book Signing by author Dr. Savita Ginde, CORCRC Vice President, at Bookmart.
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