Standing for Health Care For All: Faith Leaders Arrested in DC

July 26, 2017

Thank you for all of the ways you have prayed with your feet, your songs, and your phone calls to stand for health care for all people. 

Act Now
you senator, (202) 224-3121, and keep calling them to vote “no” on repealing the Affordable Care Act or the “skinny repeal”. We expect another vote on Friday. 

SIGN: Tell the President, Mr. McConnell, and Mr. Ryan: We want health care for all.
You might not be able to get to a protest in DC, but you can sign this and join your voice in the chorus. This fight is not partisan, it is about people we’ve got to take care of.

Our Actions:

Middle Church and it’s partners have been a part of protests about repealing the Affordable Care Act at Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office and in congress for the last three weeks.

All of our sacred texts call us to compassion and mercy. They call us to take care of those who can't take care of themselves. Jesus calls us to take care of the least of those among us: to feed, clothe, and heal those who are sick. When we do this for our human family, we do it also for Christ.

The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, our senior minister, was one of 16 faith leaders arrested on July 18 protesting the immoral attempt to cut health care for up to 32 million Americans. She went to Washington to add her voice to a chorus of people — a “Love Army” of all races, ages, religions, genders and professions — fighting for our futures.

On Tuesday, July 25, Associate pastor Rob Stephens and our congregants were a part of a group of interfaith leaders and doctors demanding the Senate vote “no” on any effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and work to protect health care for the most vulnerable in our society. Pastor Rob and two of our congregants were arrested and released for civil disobedience.

And on July 13, eleven faith leaders spoke outside of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office
And were arrested in the Russell Senate Office Building in protest of the immoral “Better Care Reconciliation Act.”

Our partners include Black Clergy Uprising, Repairers of the Breach, Faith in Public Life, Auburn Seminary, Red Letter Christians, Unitarian Universalists, United Church of Christ, Nuns on the Bus and others.

Press and Resources: 

Speak Up For Health Care: It's Personal
Jacqui Lewis, The Huffington Post

Religious Leaders Keep Getting Arrested in the Nation’s Capitol and it’s Glorious
Auburn Seminary 

RAW: Religious Leaders Protest Health Care Bill
USA Today

Faith Leaders Arrested in Senate Building in Opposition to the “Better Care Reconciliation Act”
Faith in Public Life - summary of many news stories

Nuns’ Letter signed by 7,150 Catholic Sisters sent to the Senate in opposition to any repeal of the ACA or cut to Medicaid. 
Nuns on the Bus, Network Lobby

Clergy March in a Funeral Procession to Protest Health Care Repeal
Religion News Service

Protesters Chant "Shame," "Kill the Bill" Ahead of the Health Care Vote
Huffington Post

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