By Meline Juarez and Joyce Edwards
The Social Action Team met on January 29 and made some decisions about future activities. Although our original areas of focus (health care reform, medical aid in dying, environment, and criminal justice) remain priorities, we will be directing some of our energies to imminent issues where we can make impact. These include the fight for reproductive rights (participating in Solidarity Day with Planned Parenthood in late March); immigration issues, especially related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA (watch for event announcements); and critical problems for our democracy and the electoral process such as gerrymandering and dark money.
We also discussed partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) especially given the problem of homelessness and incarceration of the chronically mentally ill.
We are enthusiastic about doing good together this year, not only in promoting humanist values, but in being visible and making a difference politically. Please watch for opportunities to get involved on issues that are important to you. And if you would like to join the Social Action Team, please contact Meline Juarez (firstname.lastname@example.org).