The following is a guest post by Leanna Powell, the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at UMBC. Powell previously served
“We are sad and angry about this violation of our public witness."
In reflecting on what Selma meant to me personally (as a white child, watching the Civil Rights movement from the safety of my living room -- as a child who would grow up to be a feminist and a lesbian), I realized that I grew up in an era that taught me that injustice is intolerable.
"Everyone is sick and tired of this issue of human rights," Dmitri Peskov, Vladimir Putin's press secretary, said recently. "It's boringly traditional, boringly traditional, and it's not on the agenda." When I read those words, I knew human rights were here to stay.
After teaching our children a bit about love, marriage equality and justice, we made Valentines to send to the N.Y. State representatives who voted to support marriage equality.
It is because of my religious beliefs that I am unwavering in my support for abortion, family planning and sexuality education. It is because life is sacred and parenthood so precious that no woman should be coerced to carry a pregnancy to term.