Protesters love U.S.
I am a Moral Monday arrestee. How ironic since Im the demographic the GOP should be courting, not angering.
Ive had good jobs, saved my money and am fiscally conservative. So why would I feel compelled to commit civil disobedience? Because Im the product of public schools and universities, and I value educational quality for all, not just the rich.
Ive been a single mom and remember the lifeline of unemployment insurance. My husbands health history made it hard to get health insurance until he reached Medicare eligibility.
In short, I recognize that if government is needed, it needs to be there for people, not just businesses, and I feel our legislators need to treat all citizens, gay and straight, respectfully. Which is not how our legislature is behaving. So I protested and was arrested.
All in all, not that traumatic and yet ever-so life-changing. Standing up for something I believe in, even if there are consequences, means really examining what is important to me. Practicing civil disobedience doesnt mean we dont value or love this state and country. On the contrary, I think it means we love it very much.