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Blog: News Update – January 15, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Women belong in the House and the Senate. And as of January 2019, there are 102 women in the U.S. House of Representatives (not counting four female territorial delegates), making women 23.4% of the total of U.S. Representatives.  There are also many firsts: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became America’s youngest congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim congresswomen, and Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first Native American congresswomen. Representative Diana DeGette continues to represent Colorado since Jan 7, 1997. There are now 25 women in the U.S. Senate. Since 1894, Colorado has elected women to the legislature, a full 26 years prior to women getting the vote nationally.  The tradition of women representatives in the Colorado State Legislature continues. Coloradans overwhelmingly voted for Democrats who won the trifecta...


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Blog: News Update – December 27, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, This New Year will bring a positive shift in leadership throughout the nation, in the state of Colorado and at the CORCRC.  Nora Bashir will begin her role as the CORCRC Executive Director beginning in January 2019. The Search Committee chose Nora out of a group of excellent candidates as an expression of confidence in her special skill set. Joyce Lisbin announced her intent to resign in the spring and will continue to be on staff as the Communications/Education Coordinator. She is pleased to support Nora in her leadership role. Nora has extensive experience in consultation with non-profit organizations and was Executive Director of the Chinook Fund for 7 years. Her lead in donor cultivation led to an increase of number of donors by 400%.  She has developed specific...


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Blog: News Update – December 13, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The language of Roe v. Wade makes clear that states cannot ban abortion before viability – when a fetus can survive outside the womb. Most doctors agree that viability occurs at around 24 weeks. No fetus is viable at just 15 weeks. Yet, Mississippi passed a law banning abortion at 15 weeks.  This state’s effort to restrict abortion access is a prime example of the challenges reproductive rights advocates and women can expect to face in the near future.  Similar bills were passed in Iowa and in Ohio.  Fortunately, US District Judge Carlton Reeves struck down the 15-week Mississippi ban relying on this argument: “The state chose to pass a law it knew was unconstitutional to endorse a decades-long campaign, fueled by national interest groups, to ask the...


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Blog: News Update – November 29, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The Shameful Treatment of Immigrants Customs and Border Protection (CBP) acknowledges that the separations of families are still happening.   A court order is officially being followed but the intent of the law is being ignored.  Many of us took comfort in the decision by federal judge, Dana M. Sabraw, who issued an injunction against the separations of children from parents and ordered the government to put the thousands of affected families back together.  Unfortunately she included an exemption of cases if it was determined that the child’s safety was at risk.  Tragically there were no designated standards or oversight regarding that decision and the CPB is abusing their authority by judging parents unfit by what appears to be whim. This President, the administration and subsequently the American citizenry...


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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...


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Blog: News Update – November 1, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Great Expectations for November 7th Imagine waking up on November 7th and the promise of change is confirmed.  All people will be encouraged to vote and systemic voter suppression will be abolished. Elected officials committed to health care for all will soon be in office. There will be active steps to restore a system of justice for all.  The tone of lies, hate and disdain will no longer be accepted.  Violence will be replaced with compassion and care.  Immigrants will be welcomed.  Science and facts will be demanded as a primary resource for policy development.  Respect for fact-based journalism will overtake the impact of conspiracy driven, fear mongering distortions that inflame hate and distrust. Keep imagining the ways our country and state can be inclusive, just and peaceful. ...


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Blog: News Update – October 18, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Is it safe to assume that if you are reading this newsletter that you care enough about this country and this state, that you will be voting? This election demands our attention and our vote. We, the American public, have witnessed incredible events in the past year. The disgrace of hearing the president praising tyrants, slamming the press and blatantly ignoring facts in speeches and tweets are just some of the insulting attacks on the integrity of our nation. Seeing immigrant children sleeping in government cages filled us with shame and it is impossible to dismiss or minimize the pain felt by survivors of sexual assault and abuse throughout the Kavanaugh nomination proceedings. Women’s response to being treated with disdain and disrespect is to run for office in...


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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...


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Blog: News Update – September 20, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, (content warning: sexual violence, assault) It has been a tough week for advocates for equality and freedom as we have watched the Kavanaugh nomination and confirmation process. In a time of great reflection on issues of consent and power, it is disheartening to many of us who were inspired by the successes of the #metoo movement to watch history repeat itself as another Supreme Court Justice is accused of sexual assault. While many are rallying support behind Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in the wake of her allegations, she has also been subject to harassment, death threats, and a slandering of her character. Yet again, we are reminded of the power of people of privilege and the inability of many to empathize with victims or hold perpetrators accountable for...


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Blog: News Update – September 6, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Racism, sexism and classism are so well integrated in the American fabric that it is difficult to identify where one ‘ism’ ends and the other begins.  When projecting the fallout of a post-Roe era, the harm and negative impact will most clearly be felt by low-income women, women of color and those living in rural areas.  We know this because this group of women suffers most now when each restriction on abortion and health care access is imposed. Abortion restrictions have enormous consequences on the health of women and have negatively impacted maternal health and infant mortality.   The tragic outcome of Texas defunding and closing 82 family planning clinics in 2011 is an increase in deaths of complications of pregnancy and childbirth.  The death rate doubled. Maternal Mortality...


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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...


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Blog: News Update – August 9, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, In the past year, we have seen sexual harassment and assault issues finally acknowledged and powerful men have been held accountable for their actions. Though there have been many successes related to the #metoo movement, one unintended consequence has been the rise of backlash groups. One group calling themselves “incels” (short for “involuntarily celibate”) has inspired rage and violence against women. The deadly van attack in Toronto a few months ago, and the killings by Elliot Rodger in Isla Vista, CA in 2014 were both said to have been inspired by the incel ideology. Read more about the dangerous ideology espoused by self-described “incels”: The Rage of the Incels – Jia Tolentino, New Yorker While the incel movement may have been accelerated by the successes in the #metoo...


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Blog: News Update – July 26, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Is your instinct of self-preservation encouraging you to avoid the news while your socially-conscience self reminds you that avoidance is not an affordable luxury in such outrageous times? We are here to offer relief to this daily dilemma. To ease your conflict and strengthen your activist side, know that a recent poll conducted by NBC and the Wall Street Journal shows that more voters are in support of abortion rights than not! Support for Roe v. Wade Hits New High More good news: Support for Roe is reflected in the attitudes that voters have towards the Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.  The polls reveal that he is not a ‘shoe-in’.  Lack of support for this candidate must be made clear so that his nomination can comfortably be defeated. Now, some...


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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...


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Blog: News Update – June 28, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Don’t duck and hide! As this newsletter is being put together, the news bombards the senses by dismantling what was considered to be core American values. On Tuesday the Supreme Court came to two devastating decisions. First, they honored President Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision that the ban was illegal. SCOTUS stated that the President was acting within his right to “suspend entry of aliens into the United States.” Religious liberty took a blow! And if that wasn’t disheartening enough, the highest court in the land decided that the First Amendment wasn’t imperative to protect patients in California’s ‘crisis pregnancy centers’. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the majority response to National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v....


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