Newsletters

29
Jan 2019
Blog: News Update – January 29, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, At the recent panel, “Fighting to Keep Grand Junction Community Hospital for the Community,” citizens expressed their concerns of the proposed takeover of the Grand Junction Community Hospital by Centura Health on January 26th.  Centura is a faith-based hospital management firm with two tracks: one Catholic and one Adventist. CEO Chris Thomas & Karen Martsolf, Director of Marketing/Communications, heard many questions and concerns posed by the group of consumer activists that focused on possible faith-based restrictions that would limit reproductive health services, nonjudgmental and comprehensive services for members of the LGBTQ community and respect for end of live directives.  The administrators acknowledged that they did not have answers for most of the questions posed and that their focus has been on financial concerns. This initial and overdue dialogue is proof......

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22
Jan 2019
Blog: News Update – January 22, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Today is the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  Though this Supreme Court decision continues to be one of the most divisive issues in the United States, the support for abortion rights grows.  A recent poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that 71 percent of American voters believe that Roe should not be overturned. The fact that this decision has increasing popular support is rarely noted because emphasizing conflict attracts an audience more than agreement.  The support for women’s autonomy was clearly demonstrated by the signs held high at Womxn’s Marches throughout the country. In this time of questionable use of the concept of religious freedom, it is imperative to note that Roe does not mention or rely on religion but enshrines trust in women to......

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15
Jan 2019
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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27
Dec 2018
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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13
Dec 2018
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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29
Nov 2018
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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