With the midterm elections a few weeks away, hard-driving candidates, red-hot issues and divisive public discourse compete for our attention. The onslaught comes all day, every day. But don’t let the drama of it distract you from the two firmest convictions that hold the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice together — shared interfaith values and the vision of an inclusive American democracy.
Keeping you focused on these core convictions is the goal of the RCRC Vote campaign launching on social media today.
Our campaign will help you follow your conscience to be:
- An informed voter
- An advocate for all to participate in our political system
- A voice for equality and justice integral to our spiritual traditions and America’s founding principles
Respect and Compassion for Neighbors
People of diverse faiths and of no faith share a world view based on loving, respecting and caring for our neighbors. That means all our neighbors, especially those most marginalized by racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and bias against people with disabilities.
RCRC’s commitment to reproductive health, rights and justice springs from this base of common beliefs, and so does our support of cross-cutting issues such as education, poverty and the environment.
Vision of Democracy
The vision that guides us today was woven by the founders of America into our Declaration of Independence. We have updated their gendered language:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [people] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
That powerful statement was followed by another, equally weighty and as relevant today as in 1776:
“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men [People], deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
And as the Constitution proclaims, in our democracy, all should be free to pursue their own beliefs. No laws should give preference to any one belief system.
In turbulent times throughout history, we’ve had the opportunity to work towards a democracy that is truly equal and just. Now, as the midterms approach, we have a fresh opportunity to join together to make a difference.
Follow and engage in our RCRC Vote campaign to deepen your knowledge of the political landscape of the midterms and to encourage political participation. Your vote and your activism are crucial ways to let your beliefs influence the government and policy that shape our society.