June 2017 Monthly Meeting – Notes

Healthcare Highlight: Elizabeth Crocker delivered updates on the current state of the healthcare debate in Washington (including policy details comparing the ACA to the AHCA and the importance of calling our Senators).

Committee Updates:
  • Legislative: Activist Happy Hour will now take place monthly: please CALL and SHARE to amplify your impact! Share your activism with hashtag #ActivistHappyHour. New scripts are planned to be released the third Wednesday  of each month.

  • Events: We had a great table at the Annual DAUK Independence Day picnic. Thank you to all our volunteers and everyone who stopped by! Stay tuned for more event announcements from us in the near future.

  • Recruiting: The team is focusing on including members from outside of London and was a big presence at our Independence Day picnic.

  • Media & Comms: We’ve revamped our Twitter and Facebook feeds, please give us a “like”, “follow” or “share” and let us know what you think!  We’re highlighting new voices across our social media channels, so let us know if you’d like to take a week at the helm of our Twitter and Facebook. Newsletter will now be sent the first Monday of each month and the content deadline is the third Friday of each month.

  • Education: Exciting teach ins are scheduled for September and November – stay tuned for further announcements with details.

Teach In: 

  • Communication Techniques for Talking Across Party Lines. Jennifer Daniels gave a presentation on the theory behind constructive conversations (and why they’re so difficult). Victoria Shaskan facilitated an interactive theater exercise skillfully executed by Kate Von Dermark and Beatrix Newsom.
  • For those who missed it: Polarization, common bias in our thinking, lack of confidence in information used to form opinions and differing worldviews often make it very difficult for liberals and conservatives to have effective political conversations. To overcome these challenges and have more constructive discussions, research and experts suggest taking steps to be an active listener, set realistic expectations, don’t assume bad intent from the other, ask him/her to explain in detail the impact of their position and use a moral framing compatible with the other person’s worldview. Utilising these suggestions can be difficult, so experts suggest practicing with another person.

Episode 8: Christianity Needs Women’s Voices

In the first episode from our miniseries of Feminism and Faith, we discuss Dr Una Kroll, a trailblazer for female doctors and women in Christianity. Her daughter Liz tells us how Una reconciled her faith and her feminism and why women’s voices are so essential in religious groups.

Legislative Committee: Paris Accord

Trump and Congressional Republicans have cheated our planet, our children and our future by turning their backs on the Paris Accord. We can’t wait four years for the next president to fix this. Luckily we don’t have to.

Where our national government has failed, we must demand that our states and cities lead the charge to protect the planet. Across the U.S., mayors and governors are able to enforce emissions restrictions, and enact legislation that supports clean energy, following, or even exceeding, the terms of the accord.

We urge you to show your support for the environment today by calling or emailing your governor (https://www.usa.gov/state-governor) and your mayor (http://www.mayors.org/meetmayors/mayorsatglance.asp) and ask that they make a stand and support the terms of the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of the state and the city where you vote, and on behalf of the one world we call home.


Hello, My name is [name] and I am a constituent of [mayor/governor name] currently living in [city, county].

[If the Mayor/Governor supports the Paris Agreement] Thank you for your pledge to support the terms of the Paris Climate Agreement.  It is vital that our cities and states take the lead on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

[If the Mayor/Governor has no stance or supports withdrawal from Paris]  I am calling to urge the [mayor/governor] to pledge [his/her] support to the Paris climate agreement.  The actions of cities and states drive climate action in the US and can have a real impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Americans around the world are counting on our [city/state] government to take the lead on climate change now that the President has cheated our planet, our children, and our future.

Thank you.

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Episode 7: Meanwhile, In the UK

In Episode 7: Meanwhile, In the UK, we look to the UK for advice on feminist organising.  We speak to RegisterHer to Vote (@RegistHERtoVote) about why it’s so essential that we as progressives register women to vote and Abortion Rights Scotland (@Abortion_RCScot) remind us to always move forward regarding reproductive rights.  Plus, Casey Calista looks back to the American Revolution for some lessons in democracy.