Humanist Action Kit
March focuses on women’s rights and the continued fight to protect them. Humanistic social justice advocacy involves respect for the equality of all people, compassion for their dignity and welfare, and a conviction that positive change requires human intervention. Women’s rights are human rights, meaning all genders have the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property and live is safe living quarters; to vote; to bodily autonomy; and to earn a fair and equal wage. Together we expand awareness and understanding of various forms of bigotry and foster compassion in our society.
Useful Dates for March
Celebrate Women’s Vote Centennial
The passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment was possible because local, state, and national organizations and activists fought together for change at every level of society and government. Today, local groups are banding together across the country to preserve local suffrage history and honor the ongoing work of women’s equality. Discover what is happening in your state for suffrage.
Join FHA Social Justice Representative Program
As intersectional feminists, we value genuine, non-tokenized diversity in our communities, and over time, several AHA groups have sought assistance with social justice activism from the Feminist Humanist Alliance. That’s why, as part of their 2019 Action Plan, the FHA developed and began implementation of a social justice representative program to provide education, support, and an open line of communication around social justice issues. The program is in its pilot stages, being tested in a few larger locations, but the goal is to see widespread participation across the country’s AHA groups. If you’re interested in participating, or if your group is doing powerful social justice work you’d like to share, let them know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters to the Editor
A Letter to the Editor (or LTE) is a great way for your group to raise awareness on important issues locally, nationally, and globally, as well as get media attention for your group. Consider discussing your ideas during a letter-writing party. Here are step-by-step instructions, some additional tips, and below are some prompts you can use for March:
– Why do you stand up against discrimination as a humanist?
– Why is injustice to one group injustice to all?
– How do you appreciate life without any ties to faith?
– How does your group help people live happy, meaningful lives (connected to World Happiness Day)?
Recommended Books & Movies
The ERA’s New Era by Krista Cox, TheHumanist.com (Feb. 20, 2020)
Take our Feminism & Humanism: Women of Color Beyond Faith online course
Visit National Women’s History Museum online