SDA Kinship News

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

As an American, I’ve always felt that compassion was at the heart of the American people. What I’ve seen in national politics over the last year, particularly from the President’s campaign, was a total opposite of compassion.

It seems to now be okay to act on the bigotry and hate that has been stirred up, and this makes me feel sad and angry because America is no place for hate and bigotry. The world is no place for hate and bigotry, either.

So I was excited to attend the Women’s March on Washington (WMW) in January. The main message of the March was that women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights. Visit the website        https://goo.gl/1WAhgo to learn how this powerful event came to be.

The values and principles written in this document are extremely empowering. Please take a few minutes to read them.

In that document, you’ll learn about the grassroots women-led movement that became a truly historic event across the United States and around the world. Being part of it was truly an amazing experience and something that will stay with me forever. I was really moved to be in the middle of such an enormous number of people and to feel completely safe because the mood of the marchers was of optimism, joy, and happiness. Young and old, men and women were there to support the rights of all.

A few times during the March, I heard a faint cheer going up from the far end of the Mall in Washington, D.C. That cheer got closer and closer and louder and louder until it seemed that everyone on the Mall was cheering at the same time. It was like a wave of sound, was thrilling to experience, and gave me goosebumps!

To have close to 750,000 people raising their voices together for justice and equal rights for all is something that may only happen once in my lifetime, and I was so glad to be a part of this historic moment.

Perhaps by the time you are reading this, the WMW will be a distant memory. But I’ll never forget it. Being among all of those women, many of whom had their mothers, spouses, and children with them, made me wonder just how many LGBTIQ moms were in attendance, as well. Our families matter, too!

You will most likely read this newsletter very close to Mother’s Day, so I want to take a moment to say just how much all of our Kinship moms mean to this organization! We wouldn’t be here today without you. On behalf of the Kinship Board of Directors, I want to wish each of you a very happy and healthy Mother’s Day!

Yolanda Elliott
President
SDA Kinship International

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