Blog: News Update – October 4, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

The President shamelessly mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at a Rally on Tuesday night.  His behavior and the lack of condemnation from so many elected officials and community leaders shakes my confidence in the core character of this countries leaders and citizenry and the effectiveness of its once trusted systems.

Though painful, let us acknowledge the positive power of this moment.  During the 1980’s the dynamics of the Women’s Movement created fertile soil for the #metoo movement.  Prior to 1970, there were no rape crisis centers or service organizations that advocated for, or attended rape victims.  Laws changed so that marital rape was considered a crime and rape victims did not have to have a witness to the crime in order to have a legitimate case.

Yet, the all consuming hearing and ongoing investigation of Brett Kavanaugh continues to trigger national trauma.  Americans are forced to face the fact that male dominance and sexual violence is so prevalent in our country that it is considered to be a ‘rape culture’.

Now is the time for women and good men to demand change.  Protest against this nomination.  Yes, we had many reasons to be against Kavanaugh’s nomination before the assault charges were made.  Now our objections are not only based on political differences but on the basis of human rights considerations.  No matter the outcome of the limited investigation, someone who is disrespectful, lies and is so angry and emotional is not suited to be on the Supreme Court.

This ‘circus’ demands that we assume our responsibility to vote and support candidates who honor women and dignify the rights of all people. 

ACTion Steps
Contact Senator Corey Gardner to vote No on Kavanaugh.

Washington’s War on Women’s Rights was an evening that filled the guests with optimism.  The Honorable Congresswoman Diana DeGette provided a federal perspective on the status of religious freedom and women’s rights.  Her perseverance and dedication to these issues is inspirational.  Thanks to Melissa and Rob Johnson for hosting this event.

Legislation Update

Anti-Slavery Amendment A:
Amendment A will be on the ballot in November. If approved, this amendment abolishes slavery in Colorado by removing a constitutional exception to “slavery and involuntary servitude” in the Colorado Constitution for punishment for a crime.

Proposition 111: Stop Predatory Payday Loans
Coloradans to Stop Predatory Payday Loans will be on the statewide November ballot to cap interest rates on payday loans at 36%, bringing them in line with the legal limits on interest that apply to other loans. The campaign is seeking endorsements from organizations and community leaders, as well as stories from individual Coloradans who have been exploited by predatory payday lenders.

Join our campaign to end predatory payday loans in Colorado once and for all.

For more information contact: Corrine Rivera Fowler 720-296-8389, corrinefowler@gmail.com
www.stoppredatorypaydayloans.com

Take Note: This election each of us will be presented with a complex ballot.  Amendments Y and Z propose 2 different commissions, one to determine boundaries of Congressional Districts in Colorado, the other to determine boundaries of State Senate and State House Districts in Colorado.  The commissions are virtually identical and the processes are virtually identical but they deal with two different subjects. They both claim to reduce gerrymandering by taking the task of redrawing boundaries away from the General Assembly and placing the task with 12 member commissions which include one third of their membership from unaffiliated voters.

CORCRC is Now Hiring!

CORCRC is now hiring an Executive Director.
To review the job description and details, please see our website or click below.

Click to see full job description

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


Upcoming Events

November

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.
National RCRC and Iliff are co-hosts with CORCRC. The event is free.

Refreshments and wine served
Location: Iliff School of Theology
Time: 6:30-8:8:30

November 30

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.  Early bird tickets are on sale now through Sept. 30 for $75 at tedxcherrycreek.com/tedxccw18.

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