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Public Policy Participation and Political Action 



Current Events Statement: 

The science standards for K-12 schools set by the Pennsylvania Board of Education are being revised.  PFC believes that it is essential for Pennsylvania students to be taught about evolution and climate change as they are understood by the scientific community, without compromise to mollify ideological opposition.  Pennsylvania should also include the Next Generation Science Standards used in almost all other states.  

We must ensure that our future electorate is science-literate.


Want to do your part? Take Action Now! 


Action is needed now, as the public comment period ends on July 4th

See the below excerpts of the message from the National Center for Science Education:

“Dear Pennsylvania friends of NCSE,

“A proposed new set of Pennsylvania state science standards, which would replace the outdated set adopted as long ago as 2002, is currently undergoing public comment.

“Now is the time to support the teaching of evolution, climate change, and the nature of science in Pennsylvania's public schools.

“You can read the proposed standards here (scroll down to "Appendix B-1") and learn more about the revision process here. Your comments aren't expected to take any particular form: the state board of education says only, written comments, questions, suggestions, commendations, concerns or objections regarding this proposed rule-making should be sent to Karen Molchanow, Executive Director, State Board of Education, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126ra-stateboardofed@pa.gov.

“Will you comment on the standards and encourage friends and colleagues to do so? A generation of students in Pennsylvania is counting on you to stand up for good science education.

Sincerely,

Glenn Branch, Deputy Director”


Each month PFC's PPPC focuses on a different issue and we need YOUR help!  


Tips and links for contacting your legislators: 

  1. Calls from constituents and a follow-up letter/fax containing your contact information are more effective than blanket emails. Send "snail-mail" to local locations, the screening process in Washington D.C. takes several months.  

  2. Keep it short and to the point, no longer than one page. Focus on specific legislation when applicable and be clear about who you are and what you want from the start.

  3. Make it personal and mention if you have voted for them or donated to their campaign. 

  4. Remember, they represent YOU.


Find your PA legislators here: 

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/


Find your US legislators here:

https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials 

https://www.toomey.senate.gov/contact/email-senator-toomey 

https://www.casey.senate.gov/contact/


Find your local government here:

Allegheny County Council

These actions are directly related to our Mission and an important part of meeting our Committee's goals.

Your time and attention to this is much appreciated.

Not sure who represents you?  Use the links below to find out!

Pennsylvania State Representation- Pennsylvania General Assembly Website

Federal Representation- govtrack.us Website


Want MORE ways to take action!?! See the action pages of our national affiliates: 

Freedom From Religion Foundation - Action

American Humanist Association - Key Issues

American Atheists - State Legislation Tracker


Read more about PFC's December 2020 Issue... 

The climate is ripe for the anti-vax crowd to come out in force.  A recent article in The Atlantic gave both evidence of need to vaccinate and information on how to change the mind of anti-vaxxers, with a goal to reach about two-thirds of the populace to sign on to getting vaccinated. PFC urges you to base your decisions on science and empirical evidence, not pseudoscience. 


"Unfortunately, in some polls, far fewer than two-thirds of Americans say they are interested in getting a coronavirus vaccine. Though this number might change as we learn more about the vaccine’s effectiveness and side effects, at some points only about 50 percent of Americans have said they plan to get the vaccine when it becomes available. Some reports suggest that Facebook groups formerly dedicated to merely asking questions about vaccines have switched to more vociferous anti-vaccine views in recent months."


Read more...

The Atlantic - Inside the Mind of an Anti-vaxxer

Gallup Poll - More Americans are Now Willing...

The Washington Post - Pay Americans to Take the Vaccine

 

Our work: Public Policy Participation and Political Action

PFC identifies areas and issues within local government and local institutions where PFC can and should contribute a perspective and viewpoint on behalf of our stakeholders. We seek to have a seat at the table to represent and communicate the evidence-based, humanist and non-theist beliefs of our members regarding local issues and actions. Beyond the local arena, we seek to keep our members informed about national and international policy and legislation likely to be important to them. At all levels of government, PFC seeks to facilitate participation by its members, by electronic, voice or personal communication with legislators and other leaders. PFC facilitates this participation within the the legal limitations of our non-profit 501(c)(3) status.

Some of the policies we promote include:

  • Promotion of separation of Church and State across the board;
  • Promotion of evidence based public policy in general and of specific evidence-based policies when the public conversation is being heavily influenced by non-evidence based beliefs ie religious dogma.


If you would like to get more involved with PFC's Public Policy Participation Committee, please email the Public Policy Committee chair.

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