I am posting this message from Charlotte, NC where I have spent the past four days at a General Assembly or national convention of Unitarian Universalists.
Unitarian Universalism is a combination of two religios and is the oldest liberal faith and have long been on the forefront of civil rights and social justice fiths, standing in solidarity on issues of racial and all forms of discrimination.
Currently, they have a initiated a slogan that began with their work for same sex equality and against gender-based violence and discrimination. It has grown to encompass immigration issues.
And, so I wanted to know how we could get our adoption civil rights issues included under this banner and discovered the qualifier is that they support OPPRESSED peoples.
And so I ask you: Are adoption separated persons oppressed? What does it mean to be oppressed?
–verb (used with object)
1. to burden with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; subject to a burdensome or harsh exercise of authority or power: a people oppressed by totalitarianism.
2. to lie heavily upon (the mind, a person, etc.): Care and sorrow oppressed them.
3. to weigh down, as sleep or weariness does.
a archaic : suppress b : to crush or burden by abuse of power or authority
2: to burden spiritually or mentally : weigh heavily upon
Oppression is the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner. It can also be defined as an act or instance of oppressing, the state of being oppressed, and the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, and anxiety.
I would say that withholding VITAL information from one is burdensome, cruel and unjust. Do you agree?
I would likewise way that encouraging women to be separated from their infant children is likewise oppressive and authoritarian, an abuse of power.
Now some will say that unlike gays we are not tormented and teased and threatned, and certiabnly noy physically abused or even killed because of our ststaus. And yet, adoptess do - or at least did in thee past -endure teasing in school. And, as a mother who relinquished I have been subjected to ugly judgements!