This is from an email I just received. Wanted to be sure MN knitters know. I will be attending and hope you will too!
Coinciding with the scheduled confirmation hearings of Judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court, the National Council of Jewish Women, and Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota invite you to a Knit-in.
On Thursday, January 12, 2006, from 12 noon to 2:00 pm in the Capitol Rotunda, we will use knitting needles for their intended purpose: creating garments. We will make scarves for children in need. More importantly, we will be letting the world know that we oppose Samuel Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Before Roe vs. Wade legalized abortions, knitting needles and wire coat hangers were used by women desperate to terminate unintended pregnancies. Many women died or suffered from the unavailability of safe and legal medical procedures. Will we revert back to those times? If Judge Alito is confirmed, his known positions on Roe portend an elimination of women’s reproductive rights. Alito’s opinions on separation of religion and state are very concerning. The time to speak up is now!
If you cannot come to the event, knit a scarf and drop it off at the Greater Minneapolis NCJW office, 3000 South Highway 100. If you are not a knitter and want to learn how, we will have the necessary supplies and many eager teachers. If knitting does not interest you, there will be other ways to participate. Everyone will have an opportunity to send our Senators letters opposing Alito’s confirmation. For more information, contact Judie Liszt, firstname.lastname@example.org or Renee Popkin, 612-240-5752.
Here’s a link to the Planned Parenthood site.