March 18, 2009
On March 21-24, 2009, an
interfaith delegation of thirty-four teenagers and adults from around the
country will meet in Washington, DC, to advocate for comprehensive sexuality
education. The Sexuality Education Advocacy Training (SEAT) is co-sponsored by
the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), the United Church of Christ (UCC),
the Union for Reform Judaism, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
(RCRC), and Advocates for Youth. This year’s SEAT participants hail from
thirteen states, including California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana,
Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas,
Washington, and Wisconsin.
Participants will be meeting with their congressional representatives on
Monday, March 23, 2009, to advocate for the passage of the Responsible Education
About Life (REAL) Act. Introduced on March 17, 2009, by Sen. Frank Lautenberg,
D-NJ and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA, the REAL Act would provide a dedicated federal
funding stream of at least $50 million for comprehensive sexuality
SEAT organizers are optimistic about the prospects for increased funding for
comprehensive sexuality education. “President Obama has made it clear that he
plans on supporting programs that work and eliminating those that don’t,” said
Adam Gerhardstein, acting director of the UUA Washington office. “Comprehensive
sexuality education is far more effective than abstinence-only programming.”
UUA President Rev. William Sinkford, will deliver a sermon as part of the
conference at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA, on Sunday,
March 22nd. Rev. Sinkford will be preaching his sermon for both the 9:15 a.m. and
11:15 a.m. worship services.
“The 2009 REAL Act presents an historic opportunity to implement
comprehensive sexuality education in public schools,” Rev. Sinkford said. “The
UUA stands with other faith groups in advocating for non-discriminatory,
age-appropriate programs that provide lifesaving information to young
Adam GerhardsteinActing Director, UUA Washington Officewashington @ uua.org(513) 313-0073
(cell)For information about SEAT or to schedule interviews with Rev.
Sinkford and SEAT participants.
Orelia BuschLegislative Assistant for Women’s Issues, UUA Washington Office
la_womensissues @ uua.org
(608) 445-6320 (cell)
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