February 17, 2017
With the flurry of news reports these days, it can be difficult to keep up with every story. So just in case you missed it, over the past two weeks, the President’s Cabinet members who will have the most direct influence over the direction of sexuality education and sexual health and rights in the country have been confirmed:
- Secretary Betsy DeVos, Department of Education
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice
- Secretary Tom Price, Department of Health and Human Services
- Director Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget
But as you know, there are many larger battles being waged on our human rights and dignity. Attacks such as efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, eroding protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students, and the targeting of immigrants, people of color, and people of various faiths, just to mention a few.
So, while the anticipated direct funding threats to sexuality education-related programs will likely surface later this spring, as supporters of sexuality education and healthcare access as a human right we cannot sit on the sidelines waiting to engage.
Members of Congress are back in their home districts and states this week holding townhalls across the country. We know that with so many resources available on a broad range of topics and different ways to engage in policymaker education, advocacy, and activism, it can be hard to know where to start.
Fortunately, the #StateofWomen Week of Action toolkit gives you step-by-step tips on directly engaging with Members of Congress!
Join the Week of Action today to access the Toolkit, a map of grassroots actions organized by partner groups like the Women’s March and Indivisible, social media tools, and additional resources.
Join SIECUS and tell Congress it’s time to #HearOurVoice!