This past week has been heart-wrenching for those of us seeking dignity, justice and equity for all people. The African American men, women and children in Ferguson, Missouri, have been subject to and have born painful witness that we are far from living in a post-racial society. Across the country and the world, the social media postings have multiplied each day with expressions of sorrow and righteous anger for the senseless killing of another mother’s son.
We Unitarian Universalist women care about and worry about and respond faithfully to violations of the human spirit and human rights. So we can feel pulled in so many directions on a daily basis as cyberspace communications provide more and more ways to find out what’s happening on an almost momentary basis.
While racism rages in a suburb in the Mid-West, those of us who monitor and seek reproductive justice must find ways to continue to put focus on righting this wrong as well.
Today (August 20) faith organizations and voices supporting individual religious liberty will be taking to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media channels to continue to call attention to the urgent need to restore women and workers’ reproductive freedoms in the wake of the recent Supreme Court’s outrageous and harmful Hobby Lobby ruling. Specifically, we will be urging Congress to pass the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act, otherwise known as Not My Boss’ Business Act ,as a first step in undoing the damage created when a 5-4 majority of our highest court ruled that privately held companies had standing as a ”person”– whose owners’ beliefs about contraception trumps those of the women working for them.
This proposed legislation would provide a way for this medical service to be paid for in cases where an employer refuses to provide this coverage under the national Affordable Care Act. It is a start toward reversal of the damage that will be caused by this dangerous decision.
Starting at 2 p.m. today, we are asking UUWF members, other UU women and our male allies to post messages of support for this bill using the shared hashtag, #FixHobbyLobby.
Here is a sample tweet you can use at the start of the Tweet Storm or throughout the day: It’s time to #FixHobbyLobby. Congress should pass the Not My Boss’ Business Act as 1st step to safeguard health & religious liberty for all.