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Working for Change November 19, 2008

Posted by Center for Inquiry Office of Public Policy in Annoucements, Commentary.
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These are exciting times in Washington DC.  The word on everyone’s lips is “transition.” The Office of Public Policy at CFI is doing its bit by working with coalition partners to ensure that the values of secular humanism guide selection of policy and personnel.

We are part of a team headed by the Alliance for Justice to recommend nominations for federal judges to the incoming president. As of January 1, there will be 14 vacancies on appeals courts round the nation that will be filled by the new administration. We want to make sure that suitable judges are located, vetted and nominated.

We are members of the Coalition against Religious Discrimination (CARD) which is focused on the future of charitable choice and faith-based initiatives. While understanding that there is a place in the delivery of social services for faith-based organizations, we insist that they must not discriminate in their employment practices.

As a member in a coalition of women’s and health advocacy groups–more than 60 of them–we have signed on to  Advancing Reproductive Rights and Health in a New Administration , a comprehensive agenda to improve the nation’s health care.  We’ve already posted the Union of Concerned Scientists’ agenda (see below, “Scientists Spell Out Their Agenda for President-Elect.”)

It’s one thing to agree with an agenda, another to see it carried out. That will be our task after 20 January 2009.