What Does July 4 Mean to UUs in Today’s  Divided and Unequal America? Lois Murphy

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170 years ago, on July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass asked the question: What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?  Today we must ask the same question. What do the 4th of July — and the founders’ promises of liberty — mean in a nation that has not reckoned with generations of racial oppression and resulting inequality? In a nation where the right to vote is repeatedly undermined? In a nation where the proposition that Black Lives Matter is still up for debate? Where women’s equality and a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices may not be recognized? What are we called to do as UUs to work together in earnest to achieve and preserve democracy, the right to vote, to work to end racism and other oppressions, and to insist upon equality and recognition of the inherent worth and dignity of all people?

Lois has been a member of USG since 2017, and is an elected official, a recovering political candidate, and a patriot, who believes that it is within our power to advocate against injustice and inequity. She and her husband, Ben Eisner, live in Bala Cynwyd and have two adult daughters.