By Claire Sexton
UUWF Vice President/Funding Programs
I awoke on November 9 as if from a bad dream, my young son had made a mess that I wasn’t ready to deal with, and I’d stayed up late the night before trying to comprehend what was going on.
The nightmare has deepened as time goes by. Things that have helped me include SNL that week; I’m a big fan of Dave Chappelle and was so happy to see him back in the public eye. I played the cold open — Kate McKinnon dressed as Hilary and playing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah on loop — for a few days, trying to get “Sister Suffragette” from Mary Poppins out of my head. Continue reading
By Daniel Kanter
A few weeks ago I was at my third PPFA national conference, representing Unitarian Universalism on the Clergy Advocacy Board. Our attempt to be the face of pro-reproductive rights and justice people of faith is an uphill climb. But we are a small board with mighty diversity, representing everything from mainline Christianity to Sufism to Reform Judaism and beyond.
One concern we had, among many, was what would happen with the Texas laws to restrict access to abortion. As a clergyperson in Texas, today I can say that Texans breathe a little easier after the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of striking down the restrictions put on clinics performing abortions in Texas. About the same size as France, Texas attempted to reduce the number of clinics to a handful scattered around the state. It accomplished creating a negative financial impact that will take years to recover from. I can tell you that this was never about safety and always about ideological wars on women, communities of color, and the poor.
I can’t remember a moment when I wasn’t a feminist. I grew up surrounded by feminists: my mother, her friends, my father… Growing up I attended performances of That Takes Ovaries and read a constant supply of fiction books with powerful women and girl protagonists. My dad’s copy of Our Bodies Our Selves lived in my bedroom.
Growing Up Feminist
I grew up being conscious of how my experiences were affected by gendered power dynamics. I recognized how few women were held up as important historical figures in my elementary school classes and chose to study important women on every history project I could. Continue reading
The anniversary of Roe v. Wade is right around the corner. UUs have played an important role in the struggle for reproductive rights. We continue to face a strong anti-reproductive health movement from the right. At the same time, we are called to be intersectional in the way we think about issues. How do we do that? We need to take our lead from women of color—leaders of the reproductive justice movement—who have a clear vision of the links between reproductive, race, environmental, class, LGBTQ and disability issues.
The women wept.
The women cheered.
The women clapped.
“I feel free, for the first time in my life. I’ve never felt so free,” she said as she hugged me and wouldn’t let me go.
And the men wept, cheered and clapped too. “It’s my story too,” the father told me as he hugged and thanked me for bringing Dr. Willie Parker to Tulsa. Continue reading