*How can we make rational public policy changes?
*Where are we succeeding?
*What blocks putting science and reason to work in governance?
There’s been recent progress in a number of areas, including the gains in LGBTQ rights, in both public opinion and public policy. But there are also still many challenges a head for those who value civil society based on the First Amendment.
Pseudo-science is creeping into classrooms; as public schools are defunded to benefit a privatized separate and unequal proxy education system. Sex education is undermined with costly consequences. The superstitions and beliefs of employers are in danger of trampling the rights of employees to make decisions for their health care and follow the advice of their doctors.
Public laws regarding child neglect and abuse, drug treatment, and prohibitions on medical research are instituted based not in science but sectarian belief systems. Women’s bodies are the targets of invasions of privacy, limited choice and obstructed access to reproductive planning. While choking constrains on redress for discrimination grow.
Lauren Anderson Youngblood is the Communications Manager for the Secular Coalition for America. A New York native bringing several years of journalism experience to SCA; she’s appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Congressional Quarterly among many other media. She’ll be speaking on Sunday about the coalitions work on the federal and state levels. She’ll share how the lobbying work SCA does has a broad ranging positive impact for all. Lauren is bright, warm, open and sharply committed to the task of making coalition voices heard.
We’ll have time for Q & A with a spirited friendly peer-to-peer discussion about law, politics, action, communicating secular values and how we change the public discussion about civil rights and civil liberties. Then we’ll go drink and socialize afterward. "Mind Food" then "Soul Food". Restaurant for after TBD.
This event is free and open to the public.
Everyone interested in a casual, respectful and energizing dialogue is welcome. That’s You right?!? So you are Welcome!
See you there!