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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

2 responses to “Women’s rights vs. party unity: Repro rights resolution highlights Democratic Party divide”

  1. judizimmer

    Shekarchi’s refusal to answer WAS his answer. Very diappointing, and even more disappointing was that it showed he does not have the courage of his convictions. Finally, more than a few women in attendance felt that he sounded very condescending and would not acknowledge our concerns as being vitally important. Olasanoye, while not being as obviously coy as Shekarchi, was also vague and didn’t seem to understand the importance of this issue to virtually every woman in the room.

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