By Rev. Mary Katherine Morn on October 29, 2018
There is an absence of our values in the actions, policies, and rhetoric of our leaders. Protecting the inherent worth and dignity of every human should be foundational to decision-making. Yet, we watch as asylum-seekers are turned away and criminalized and our country withdraws further from its responsibility to address humanitarian crises at home and abroad. In the face of these injustices, our moral compass directs us towards action. This November, we cannot be spectators.
As we exercise our individual right and responsibility to vote, we live out our commitment to the values we hold dear. Casting a ballot shows that we not only care about the course of our nation, but that we will use our power as citizens to protect it.
Although the interwoven nature of injustice adds complexity to dismantling systems of oppression, it also informs our strategy for advancing human rights. This is why the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee works at global, national, and local levels to drive systemic changes for justice. When we vote, we have the opportunity to uplift human rights up and down the ballot, leading change at all levels – in our communities, our nation, and our world.
Democracy is a privilege for which many in our global family are still fighting. Furthermore, there are active attempts to suppress the votes of marginalized communities in states across the country. Your vote matters. Preserve this right and make sure our leaders prioritize human rights and human dignity.
Please give voice to your values by voting, then encourage a family member or friend to join you.