“Governor, as you think about what you’re going to do with that bill on your desk, please take a moment to consider that punishment is no substitute for protection.”—Melissa Harris-Perry, in her “Open Letter” to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who will decide on whether to sign into a law a bill that would allow drug-addicted pregnant women to be prosecuted as criminals. WATCH.
“'In God We Trust.' But that goes both ways, governor. The way God works – at least in the Christian tradition, which you and 84% of Mississippians follow – the way God works is through his followers. “Feed my sheep,” Jesus said.
So when you put Mississippi in God’s hands, governor – you gotta hold up your end of the bargain.”—Melissa Harris-Perry, A letter to Phil Bryant about putting rights in God’s hands
“Because it’s perfectly clear by now that you can’t scare politicians with the news that the world is ending. It’s going to require convincing them that something they really care about might disappear: their jobs.”—Bill McKibben, Time for climate scientists to go on strike