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Richy Thompson Visits Cornwall Humanists

Richy Thompson

Richy Thompson
director of Public Affairs and Policy for “Humanists UK”

Richy Thompson came to give a talk to Cornwall Humanists at their monthly meeting on 18th September.

Richy described six areas of “Humanists UK” activity, to a well-attended meeting.

  • Government Contacts – Speaking with central government in London, through contacts with civil servants and MPs. The all-party Humanist group of 100 MPs, led by Crispin Blunt, is very important.
  • Research – publicising relevant research and undertaking new research when necessary.
  • Campaigns – Encouraging members and supporters to advance campaigns for change, by writing to MPs, writing letters to newspapers,  and organising protests.
  • Media – Promoting the inclusion of a Humanist perspective in newspapers, television, and other public media.
  • Legal – Challenging illegal practices, and supporting individuals who are going to court to fight injustice, such as the refusal of assisted dying.
  • Advice – Helping people who are suffering from unfair discrimination in a faith school, or who are struggling with the imposition of Collective Worship.

What can we do in Cornwall?

Richy gave examples of what we could do locally, to advance Humanism.
We could attend the constituency surgery of our local MP to learn about their standpoint, and ask for their support in advancing Humanist ideals.

We can try to influence local decision making through our membership of SACRE, the body advising Cornwall Council on Religious Education.

We can make sure that our views are publicised in local newspapers, and heard on local radio and television.

 

 

Richy Thompson talk in September

Richy Thompson, Director of Public Affairs and Policy for Humanists UK will come to speak to the Cornwall Humanists Group on Tuesday 18th September.

The talk will be in the Fal Building of Truro College, starting at 7.30pm – everyone welcome!

Richy Thompson is Humanists UK’s Campaigns Manager and works on issues from across Humanists UK’s public policy remit. From May 2011 to February 2015 he was the Faith Schools and Education Campaigns Officer, and before that he was the President of the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies. Richy is a member of the advisory group of the Sex Education Forum, on the steering groups of Voice for Choice, the Accord Coalition for inclusive education and the Fair Admissions Campaign, and a representative of Humanists UK at the Religious Education Council for England and Wales.

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