Slides for the July 31 platform given by Dr. Carolyn Parker, “Bending the Arc of History Toward Justice,” are available for viewing here. In her platform, Dr. Parker noted that there are many things that members can do right now to fight systemic racism in our society:
- Speak Up — whenever racist or unjust words are heard.
- Stand Up — whenever racist or unjust behaviors are seen.
- Act Up — whenever the opportunity arises to protest or resist injustice and discrimination.
- Put Up — some money wherever it is needed.
In a month of painful news in Texas, the US, and the world, small flickers of good news can sometimes be lost. Mother Jones reports good news for voting rights in Texas as the law establishing onerous restrictions on IDs accepted for voting is overturned by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. While the case may yet be taken to the US Supreme Court, for the November 2016 election, at least, voter suppression in Texas will be reduced.
“But whatever comes next for the Texas case,” MJ writer Delphine D’Amora says:
the plaintiffs’ yearslong, million-dollar fight against SB 14 represents a new norm in the battle over voting rights. Without federal oversight, it is now up to civil society organizations to monitor the bills working their way through statehouses around the country and to fund suits against questionable laws.
As good as this news may be, it is a sobering reminder that the right to vote can be taken from us in so simple a way as making the act of voting an onerous burden. We should, I believe, be mindful of just how vulnerable this fundamental right is, even in America, and protect it with all our available resources. More than that, we should use it!
The United Nations has set 17 global goals for sustainable development by 2030. These sustainable development goals, or SDGs, encompass all of the areas of development for humans and the planet they live on. Each goal has a set of targets for achievement, and each target is being worked on by many countries, especially as they apply to one’s own country, but also in concert with others to achieve a broader reach.
You’ll find a new addition on the Ethical Action page. Well, not an addition so much as an expansion. The section on Advocacy has now been updated to include ethical actions since November, 2015. We hope there will be much more to come! (cp)