Rev. Joan's Blog
I keep saying the work of UUJusticePA is to reclaim our democracy. So what else could I talk about today other than yesterday’s anniversary of the 1/6/21 insurrection at our US Capital in DC. . . .
There were vigils, prayer gatherings, and justice actions all over the country yesterday, many in PA. (See photos below.) Many progressives hoped that the failed coup attempt of 1/6/21 might allow for a political reset, that the partisan gridlock would start to loosen, that the political pendulum would begin to swing back.
But that has not happened. The saddest news I heard yesterday came from the US Congress “moment of silence,” often used after grave political events, an act meant to unite our country. Yesterday this solemn event was primarily attended by Democrats. The only two Republicans present were Liz Cheney and her father. This is where we are.
Rachel Maddow’s guest last evening was the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. She told of the May 22, 1856, brutal attack of one congressman, Representative Preston Brooks, upon another congressman, anti-slavery Senator Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts. This event, the historian Goodwin suggested, was just another step toward the civil war. Read details here:
Many of our US Legislators spoke yesterday. The message from the rioters was “never forget.” The plea from Legislators yesterday was “never let this happen again.” In an impassioned speech, Senator Cory Booker reminded us that slavery and racism are a part of our history that remain with us. If we don’t dig deeper and accept this reality, “we will never heal, he said.
Pennsylvania is one of five states most likely to experience voter suppression in 2022 & 2024. This Monday morning, January 10, the PA House State Government Committee will most likely pass five anti-voting, corrupt election counting bills. Nothing will alter this reality but the US Congress passage of the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
An editorial from the UUA ends with this line, “The Electoral Count Act also needs revision, but the preeminent danger of subversion lies at the state level, so ECA reform is a far lower priority.” The only way to stop this trend in our PA General Assembly and beyond is to get progressives elected into leadership on all levels.
There is so much work to do in Pennsylvania in 2022. We will be strong together.
Holding ground in our faith and moving justice forward in PA,