A Talk followed by energizing dialogue and socializing.
How can we make rational public policy changes?
Where are we succeeding?
What blocks applied science and reason in governance?
"A Rational Public Policy?"
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 ahead for those who value civil society based on the First Amendment.
Pseudoscience 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 own 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. All while choking constrains on redress for discrimination grow. Education policy. Discrimination. Health Care and Medical Research. Reproductive rights.
These are some of the key issues that the Secular Coalition for America is working to make sure reflect real science and are based on non-theistic public policy. The SCA is committed to lobby for freedom of conscience and freedom from coercion as protected in the Bill of Rights. The SCA works with both the religious and the non-religious interested in preserving the separations enshrined in the Constitution.
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. Lauren will share (audio link) 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.
When:Sunday, July 28th 2013
2:15 pm - 4:30 pm
If you have to come late? Show up anyway.
This is Free & Open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Where:The Brecht Forum,“The Library” Room 451 West Street (Between Bank & Bethune Streets)New York, NY 10014 It’s an easy walk from Union Square. Or closer from the 1,2,3 or A,C, & E trains.
Why:Because you’re intelligent, curious, open and that’s how you roll.
Everyone interested in a casual, respectful and energizing dialogue is welcome. That’s You right?!? So... you are Welcome! See you there!