Basta (Enough) Dobbs!
UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and a contingent of Unitarian Universalists participated in a Basta Dobbs! rally and press conference yesterday.
The Basta Dobbs (Enough Dobbs) Campaign is calling on CNN to take Dobbs off the air. The campaign states “Lou Dobbs uses his platform on CNN to spread myths and misinformation about Latinos and immigrants, even as his network is wooing Latino viewers. It’s time we said enough (that’s “basta” in Spanish).”
As we walked up to the Massachusetts State House where the event was held, carrying a large bright Standing the Side of Love with Immigrant Families banners we were met with cheers from the crowd of mostly Latino immigrants from dozens of immigrant rights and service organizations.
President Morales was the first speaker and as the emcee introduced him and came to the part about Morales’ role as a primary spokesperson for Standing on the Side of Love, he pointed to the banner and said “This is what we need! We need to stand on the side of love. Latinos need to stand up for self love. And we need people to stand in love with us!” After Rev. Morales raised the theme of confronting hate and hate crimes with love, speaker after speaker took it up.
I was quite impressed to see how the Standing on the Side of Love message transformed an event that was basically framed as an advocacy campaign to get CNN to “Dump Dobbs” and became a spirit-filled community-building event as well. Several Latina women came up to me (I was wearing my Standing on the Side of Love t-shirt) and expressed gratefulness for our message and wanted to know how to get involved. One woman from a Latino service agency said, “I don’t want to confront hate with hate. This is just the movement we need.”
As our UU contingent assembled with our Standing on the Side of Love banner we also had signs we had printed out from the Baste Dobbs! Campaign. We did not want to take over the event but to connect Standing on the Side of Love with it. I learned a lot about how welcome this message is and how can bring Standing on the Side of Love into our work to support immigrants, to support gay folks, to support people of color and all who are experiencing violence, exclusion and oppression in our country right now.